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Released on October 23, 2009

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) named Innovation Place the 2009 Outstanding Research/Science Park. Recognized for their role in supporting the growth of science and technology related economic development in the Province of Saskatchewan, Innovation Place became the second Canadian park to receive the award in its 13-year history.

Premier Brad Wall is pleased to see Innovation Place get international recognition.

"This award is further evidence of the leadership role this province can take in technology and innovation," Wall said. "For almost 30 years, Innovation Place has been helping entrepreneurs take discovery from the lab to the market place, providing opportunities for our young people to help grow this province."

The AURP judging committee unanimously chose Innovation Place, noting its global reputation and positive impact on the cities of Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert, the province's universities and Saskatchewan as a whole.

"Not only does Innovation Place play a valuable role in its own community, it is an extremely valuable member of the global research park community, helping to establish best practices in our profession," AURP President Gregory W. Deason said.

The 14th Annual AURP Awards of Excellence recognize the achievements of outstanding research parks and industry veterans and encourage the development of best practices among research and science parks.

"By clustering the expertise from private business, university and government researchers, we are encouraging interactions, collaborations and innovations in science and technology," Innovation Place President Douglas Tastad said.

The 14th Annual AURP Awards of Excellence were presented at the 2009 International Conference in Vancouver.

About Innovation Place

In 2008 the clients at Innovation Place collectively contributed more than $647 million to the provincial economy and more than 8,500 jobs in the province are attributable to the presence of the organizations located at the research parks. Innovation Place developed the province's first LEED Gold certified building, the Forest Centre in Prince Albert, and continues to be a champion for green building design, construction and operation.

About AURP

The Association of University Research Parks is a professional association of university related research and science parks. AURP's mission is to foster innovation, commercialization and economic growth through university, industry and government partnerships. For more information, visit AURP's website at or contact Chelsea Simpson at


For more information, contact:

Austin Beggs
Innovation Place
Phone: 306-933-7464
Cell: 306-227-1636

Chelsea Jo Simpson
Phone: 520-529-2727

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