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GRI Takes Over Canadian Gas Research

GRI Takes Over Canadian Gas Research

Canadian gas industry research is being turned over to the Gas Research Institute. GRI's newly created Canadian subsidiary, GRI Canada, has been selected by Gas Technology Canada to manage a $5 million/year research, development and commercialization program. All current GTC programs will be transferred to GRI, along with the current program directors.

Nearly half of the existing program revenues are allocated for natural gas vehicle development, with the balance divided among industrial, environmental and HVAC/appliance research. The new efforts will focus on offering Canadian companies an expanded range of investment options.

GRI will offer a choice of funding-specific programs with participation limited to Canadian companies, including a continuation of existing programs and introduction of new programs tailored to Canadian market and operational issues. It also will offer opportunities to initiate Canadian-directed programs that are beneficial to the overall North American market and to leverage Canadian funding through programs marketed to specific U.S. companies. Such programs could be included in the new GRI Select line of business, which allows companies to partner with GRI, Chicago, on proprietary technical activities. In addition, Canadian firms will be given a chance to participate in and benefit from GRI's programs in the U.S. market.

Initially, GRI Canada will be governed by a three-member board of directors composed of Robert Tessier, president and CEO, Gaz Metropolitain Inc., Montreal, Quebec; Bill Burnett, GRI senior vice president, RD&ampC Operations; and Vince Fiore, a managing director of GRI who led the efforts to form GRI Canada and serves on its board.

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