Minister of Research & Innovation Visits Cluster

The Honourable John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation was joined by MPP for Peterborough Jeff Leal today for a visit to the Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster, one of Ontario’s Regional Innovation Networks (RINs). This marked the Minister’s first visit to a RIN since being appointed as Minister of Research and Innovation in late 2007.
Following the tour of the DNA Building, staff and board members from the Cluster as well as officials and researchers from Trent University joined the Minister for a lunch meeting at the University’s Alumni House.
“The Ministry of Research and Innovation provides core support for Cluster operations,” commented Andy Mitchell, Cluster President. “We are delighted to have Minister Wilkinson here today to share highlights of our progress and demonstrate how his Ministry’s funding has supported Cluster efforts to generate success in innovation and the creation of a strong a knowledge-based economy in Peterborough.”
The Minister’s afternoon schedule included a meeting with Trent University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Bonnie M. Patterson, and her senior team along with a tour of the Worsfold Water Quality Centre.
Bonnie M. Patterson thanked Minister Wilkinson for identifying the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster as a priority centre to visit after his appointment. “The Cluster provides a platform for Trent University to showcase research expertise in a number of areas including wildlife, DNA and forensics, water quality and biomaterials,” said Patterson.  “We appreciate the support that he and local MPP Jeff Leal continue to provide to the Cluster.”
The Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2004. The Cluster’s mission is to facilitate and advance life sciences, environmental, DNA and other innovative research and development in the Peterborough region to help promote and sustain a strong local knowledge-based economy.