25th October 2010

Canadian Innovation Making Its Mark

Play mpeDestiny Media Technologies, the developers of Play MPE® and ClipStream® is pleased to announce that it will be upgrading its head office to the prestigious downtown Vancouver Scotiabank / TSX Venture Exchange tower effective tomorrow, October 26th. The new secure location is centrally located and features 24/7 security guard and monitored restricted card access clipstreamthroughout the building and within Destiny’s headquarters. The building features both a Skytrain and Canada Line station in the basement, providing direct rapid rail access to the airport. This new location also adds another fiber optic based failover server facility to the existing three server facilities in Vancouver and the UK, ensuring the highest level of “up time” for Play MPE® users.

D-BoxLongueuil’s D-BOX Technologies Inc. has signed its first agreement in the Northeast US with O’Neil Cinemas for two of its movie theatres, O’Neil Cinemas’ Lisbon Landing Cinema in Lisbon, Conn. and Apple Tree Cinema in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The two theatres will feature 27 and 26 D-BOX MFX seats respectively and will unveil D-BOX immersive movie experience Nov. 19 with the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

“We’re very proud to team up with O’Neil Cinemas, an established theatre brand in the marketplace, and bringing our technology to the Eastern movie fans,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of D-BOX Technologies, Claude Mc Master. “The success of D-BOX in existing markets continues to serve as a proven testament to the added value we bring and continues to drive interest from theatre companies around the world.”

“To be the first theatre company on the East Coast US to offer D-BOX is incredibly exciting,” said Dan R. O’Neil, Executive Vice-President of O’Neil Entertainment. “We pride ourselves in providing our patrons with the highest level of service and entertainment in a state-of-the-art atmosphere and the addition of D-BOX is another facet to that continued commitment. We are excited to partner with such a forward looking, cutting edge company.”

TIO networksVancouver’s TIO Networks Corp. announced today that it has expanded its partnership with IPP of America Inc.  and iSend to provide consumers with easy access to cross border bill payment services at participating convenience store and retail locations in the TIO network.

Cash-preferred customers use self-serve automated kiosks to securely and conveniently pay their families’ wireless, utility, cable and other bills, and recharge cellular phones for relatives in Central and South American countries, including but not limited to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. This service is available for a convenience fee per transaction and will be expanded with additional countries and services on a periodic basis. Content for this service is provided by IPP, a leading provider of retail payment services, through its partnership with iSend, a leading provider of international electronic payments to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Payments can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by inserting cash directly into the terminal’s bill acceptor. Once the cash is accepted, TIO uses an Internet link to ensure real time connection to the customer’s account with most payments posting the same day.

mechtronixThe Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, has announced a repayable investment of $18.6 million from the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) program to Motreal’s Mechtronix Systems Inc., an MWC company, a world leading manufacturer of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD). This will allow Mechtronix to launch a $60 million investment in R&D over a period of 5 years; the aim is to increase R&D capabilities and offer new technologies for game-changing flight simulator training products. This project was named NOVA after the word “innovation” which is at the core of Mechtronix philosophy and culture. With the funding, Mechtronix will continue to offer the most innovative flight simulation solutions to the aerospace industry reinforcing their position on the market. These developments will also lead to the creation of new job opportunities in the R&D department.

“Mechtronix is a key player in the Canadian aerospace industry; it is very important to invest in such innovators and enable them to keep developing flight training solutions”, explained the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. “This funding will allow Mechtronix to increase their in-house R&D capabilities and continue to strengthen their worldwide presence.”

“We are very grateful to the Canadian Government showing once again their constant support and trust in our sector and more especially in our R&D capabilities,” added Fernando Petruzziello, CEO and Chairman of MWC. “Our global expansion, including in emerging markets, led us to be considered as an established player in the aviation training and simulation market; it is therefore essential that we lead the way by exceeding the current industry standards and providing the latest technology to meet the market’s needs. The NOVA project will allow us to continue to develop and offer cutting-edge technology assisting our worldwide customer base for proficient and safer pilots.”

Partners In MotionRegina’s Partners in Motion is pleased to announce the world premiere of its new science and technology series Innovation Nation. The first episode airs on the Discovery Science Channel in Canada on October 26, 2010 at 9:30 PM EST. In addition to its initial broadcast, the series will be rebroadcast on SCN and ACCESS Alberta in January 2011. The series is an exciting, up-close look at ground-breaking scientific discoveries shaping our planet and our future. Each episode goes on a global journey to find the people and ideas making high science a reality.

“One of our goals on the series is to show the diversity in the world of innovation,” said Ron Goetz, Partners in Motion Executive Producer/Executive Vice President. “The show spotlights everything from international mega-projects to backyard inventors.”

Partners in Motion will also be showcasing its new cross-platform capabilities by launching a mobile app for iPhones and Android devices developed by Vancouver’s Pocket Media Inc. in conjunction with the show’s website. The Innovation Nation website will feature an online contest inviting backyard inventors to submit videos for a chance at $30,000 in services sponsored by IPWatchdog Inc, Enhance Product Design Inc, and Spread the News PR Inc.Pocket Media

The series was made possible through support from SCN, Canada Media Fund, Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, SaskFilm, Harmony Entertainment Inc., ACCESS Alberta, Crown Investments Corporation, SaskTel, SaskEnergy and SaskPower.

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