As part of their efforts to continue and support local businesses, the Government of Canada has awarded a $373,047 contract to GestureTek Inc. for their pre-qualified innovation through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP). Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women made the announcement earlier this week.
“Our government’s top priority is the economy and we understand that helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed directly benefits Canadian workers and families by creating jobs and prosperity,” said Minister Ambrose. “We are proud to encourage Canada’s entrepreneurial spirit by kick starting Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace.”
“Supporting Canada’s economy is our number one priority, and today’s announcement is great news for the Greater Toronto Area,” said MP Opitz. “Our Government is putting its support behind GestureTek Inc.’s innovation designed right here and bringing them one step closer in moving their innovations into domestic and international markets.”
“Our company is very excited to be part of this initiative. We are very pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the local enterprise,” said Vincent John Vincent, Co-CEO, President and Co-founder of GestureTek Inc.
Part of GestureTek Inc.’s offering is a 3D-camera system for point-control-from-a-distance, integrated with networked whiteboard systems for collaborative dual-location user experiences.
Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program was first launched in 2010, and aims to help in connecting Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-federal customers.