Ottawa, October 21, 2013—On the occasion of National Science and Technology Week 2013, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today issued the following statement:
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to recognize the efforts of Canada's scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs who contribute to innovation and whose ideas go from labs to the marketplace to improve the lives of Canadians.
"National Science and Technology Week is an opportunity to encourage children and all those curious about the world around them to pursue careers in science, technology and innovation. I invite Canadians in communities across the country to participate in activities and events that celebrate science and technology. I would especially like to thank the thousands of young people across Canada who attempted to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest science lesson by studying the force of gravity on the Earth, Moon and Mars.
"Our government recognizes the transformational potential of science and technology in our lives. This is why we have introduced strong measures to support our researchers, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs while encouraging collaboration among government, industry and academia. Our significant investments are helping to build a wealth of knowledge, create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
"Science and technology play a pivotal role in our economy and contribute to our enviable standard of living. Our government is committed to building on our country's science, technology and innovation strengths because, by supporting these strengths, we are investing in Canada's prosperity for years to come.
"Scientists and researchers have every reason to be proud of the work they do, and Canadians have every reason to celebrate the innovative work being done right here in Canada."
For more information, please visit the National Science and Technology Week 2013 website.
For further information (media only), please contact:
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Greg Rickford
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
(Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario)