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Lorenz, Patricia

Submission — Individual / interested citizen

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Submitter(s): Lorenz, Patricia

Summary: A reinvigorated IRAP is Canada's best hope for increased business R&D in the short term. IRAP is the only program of national scope whose mission and strategic objective is to stimulate and increase innovation in Canadian SMEs. IRAP has a natural focus on the most innovation-oriented SMEs. It is the only organization that operates a national network of qualified, knowledgeable and experienced Industrial Technology Advisors ("ITAs"). With more than 60 years of operating experience, no new bureaucracy is needed to ramp up activity and the ITAs' knowledge of local relationships means management of potential conflicts should be robust. Historically successful IRAP activities no longer in operation due to funding constraints can be reactivated.

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