VANCOUVER, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport today addressed participants at the Canadian Innovation
Summit about the important role that new technologies play in the
"Innovation is crucial to how we move people and goods safely and
efficiently," said Minister Raitt. "As markets around the world change,
it is vital for our transportation systems to keep ahead of these
changes. A strong and efficient transportation sector is critical to
Canada's future economic growth."
Minister Raitt showcased how Transport Canada is involved in several
projects related to transportation innovation and technology adoption.
Through innovative partnerships such as the Asia-Pacific Gateway and
Corridor Initiative, government and the private sector are working
together to realize the benefits of our strategic gateways and have the
right environment for Canadian industry to grow and prosper.
She spoke about Transport Canada's Clean Transportation Initiative, and
how Transport Canada supports the deployment of Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS) to better integrate transportation modes
and networks that help businesses save time and money.
Minister Raitt also addressed the role of innovation in improving safety
and stressed that innovation is also about the steps we take to protect
environment and people. As an example, she noted the importance of the
World Class Tanker Safety System announced this year to strengthen
marine safety in Canada to protect our environment and our people.
"This initiative will enhance safety related to the marine
transportation of oil by focusing on prevention, preparedness and
response, and liability and compensation," said Minister Raitt.
The application of innovative practices and technologies in
transportation provide the opportunity for continuous improvement and
ensure the transportation system is safe and secure;
create economic growth and jobs;
improve the quality of life of Canadians;
move goods and people more efficiently; and
reduce transportation's impact on the environment.
The Canadian Innovation Summit, led by Shell, is featuring dynamic,
interactive discussions and debates with a broad range of participants
and speakers, such as leading Canadian business and technology leaders,
experts from various sectors, policy makers, and key stakeholders. The
Summit is meant to generate innovative thinking and ideas on complex
issues such as future energy demands and the need for collaboration and
innovation in skills training.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
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