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York University will lead consortium to boost R&D in GTA??s creative sector
TORONTO, February 15, 2007 -- York University today received funding from the Ontario government to lead a unique public-private partnership that will help fuel the economic development of the GTA??s creative and entertainment industries.

The Consortium on New Media, Creative, and Entertainment R&D in the Toronto Region (CONCERT) has raised more than $500,000 in support from partner institutions and will now receive $300,000 in matching funds as part of the Ontario government??s Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund.

Founded in partnership with The Ontario College of Art & Design and Ryerson University, CONCERT now consists of more than 20 partners. The consortium will bring multinational, mid-sized and small companies in the entertainment, screen-based and other creative industries together with academia, government and industry associations to build a consensus on regional priorities.

??The matching funds provided to CONCERT through the province??s Entertainment and Creative Clusters Partnerships Fund are an important investment for the region,?? says Stan Shapson, vice-president, research & innovation at York University and Chair of the CONCERT Steering Committee.

??Competitive pressures have placed the Toronto region at a critical juncture and CONCERT partners believe strongly that the region??s competitiveness is at risk and concerted, grassroots efforts, matched by government actions are required immediately. CONCERT will grow the region??s entertainment, screen-based and other innovation-driven creative industries into a globally competitive cluster, which will help the GTA capture a larger share of the very lucrative worldwide market.??

Patrick Crowe, co-president of partner organization Xenophile Media, says that the Ontario media industry is facing a ??looming innovation crisis.??

??We need a coordinated strategy if we are going to remain competitive,?? Crowe says. ??CONCERT will help transform research from across the province into practical and profitable commercial applications.??

The consortium will develop and release a regional plan in March 2008. The objectives of CONCERT are as follows:

?P Determine regional priorities and a plan to achieve those through government investment, industry moves, and academic alignment.

?P Plan investments, target resources for strategic growth, and create a coherent process to help direct needed research that is focused and coordinated among academic institutions, and between academia and industry.

?P Strengthen links and working relationships between the research community and industry, and encourage the creation of linkages and the exchange of ideas/information among the academic community, private sector firms and associations, and government policymakers.

?P Pilot several industry/academia joint R&D projects.

?P Build research and development capacity and enhance the region??s ability to successfully access R&D funding.

?P Enhance the development/training, recruitment, and retention of highly-qualified people.

?P Build a sustainable long-term strategy.

"Motorola??s partnership with CONCERT shows our commitment to drive innovation and economic development in the GTA,?? says Mike Hortie, president of Motorola Canada, a CONCERT partner organization. ??We are excited by the consortium and the innovation that collectively we will be able to identify and deliver."

The three-year, $7.5 million Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnership Fund was launched in September 2006 to stimulate growth in Ontario??s entertainment and creative industries by promoting capacity building, marketing innovation and skills development. The Ontario government will also provide smaller cash injections to 13 other projects this year, for a total investment of $1.8 million in 2007.

CONCERT partners include:

?P Apple Canada

?P Association of Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO)

?P Cinespace Film Studios

?P City of Toronto

?P FilmOntario

?P George Brown College

?P Industry Canada

?P Motorola Canada

?P National Research Council ?V Institute for Information Technology

?P New Media Business Alliance (NMBA)

?P Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

?P Ontario Film and Television Studio Owners Association (OFTSOA)

?P Optical Regional Advanced Network of Ontario (ORANO)

?P Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

?P Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

?P Side Effects Software

?P Toronto Artscape

?P Town of Markham

?P University of Toronto??s Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)

?P Xenophile Media

York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada??s most international city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as 190,000 alumni worldwide. York??s 11 faculties and 23 research centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary, cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.


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Hey Yorkie, we moved to www.univforum.com

You are the only one who hasn´t, I guess. We have all that school bashing, boosting etc., but no mention of York any more. Just to let you know if you still don´t know...


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