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Released on August 27, 2008

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) today awarded Innovation Place silver in the 2008 IPAC Award for Innovative Management. The theme for this year's competition was Managing the Green Workplace/ Innovations in Greening. The competition was open to all public administration organizations across the country and attracted 23 submissions.

Minister of Enterprise and Innovation and the Minister responsible for Innovation Place, Lyle Stewart is pleased to see Innovation Place receive national recognition. "This award is further evidence of the quality of Saskatchewan's infrastructure and the province's science and technology sector," said Stewart. "I'm very pleased that Innovation Place, one of the key elements of this province's technology related future, has been so appropriately recognized."

Innovation Place's winning submission focussed on how the crown corporation manages the design, development and operation of sustainable buildings at the research parks. Innovation Place was recognized for its integrated management approach that minimizes the environmental impact during building construction and reduces resource use during operation. This collaborative management approach is now part of the corporate culture of Innovation Place and contributes to high levels of satisfaction from clients and contractors and has made Innovation Place an employer of choice.

Innovation Place is one of North America's most successful university-related research park systems with facilities in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. A development of the Government of Saskatchewan, Innovation Place supports the growth of the province's advanced technology sector by supplying specialized facilities and services on a commercial basis.

IPAC is an association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. The member-based organization creates knowledge networks and leads public administration research in Canada. The IPAC Award is intended to celebrate and encourage innovative managerial initiatives in the public administration of Canada. Winning submissions are permanently stored in IPAC's Innovation Database where they can be accessed by public administrators facing similar challenges.


For more information, contact:

Austin Beggs
Innovation Place
Phone: 306.933.7464
Cell: 306.227.1636

Gabriel F. Sékaly
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
Phone: 416.924.8787, e

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