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Volume 33 March 20 2019

Opinion Leader:
Joe Irvine

University technology transfer has evolved, but more industry engagement will create better opportunities for commercialization

The most important change to the field of technology transfer has been the adoption of a strategic institutional approach at post-secondary institutions to external relations and economic development.

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Innovation Conversations: Q&A with Minister Mary Ng

Small Business and Export Promotion Minister Mary Ng has announced the successful recipients of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, a novel investment stream that provides $20 million directly to women whose businesses show strong potential to grow.

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Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster launches first cohort of industry-led projects

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster announced its first cohort of industry-led projects, with $40 million of co-investment over three years: $15 million from the Vancouver-based supercluster and more than $25 million from industry, research and academic partners. The seven projects will develop and apply digital technologies such as quantum computing and data analytics in the natural resources, healthcare and industrial sectors. Applications include strengthening the early detection and treatment of skin cancers, improving the prediction of manufacturing failures and analyzing the economic and environmental impacts of resource projects. Each project team brings together a consortium of partners that includes industry adopters, technology leaders, startups, SMEs, digital innovators and research organizations. Companies involved include TELUS Health, LlamaZOO Interactive, D-Wave and Microsoft. Sue Paish, CEO of the Digital Technology Supercluster, says the projects will propel Canada forward as a digital innovation leader, drive increased economic growth and create jobs.

Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu announces $3.14M to support women in trade apprenticeships

Minister of Labour Patty Hajdu has announced $3.14 million from Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) for a new apprenticeship project called An Innovative Model to Enhance Entry, Advancement, and Employment Outcomes of Women Apprentices. Supporting CBTU’s Women in Trades Program, the 42-month project offers career services, employment assistance and networking opportunities for up to 750 women apprentices, including approximately 100 Indigenous women. The program aims to help each participant complete their training and obtain Red Seal certification, which allows them to work anywhere in Canada. The project is funded under the Innovation in Apprenticeship Training stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program, which receives $25 million annually from the federal government to support union‑based apprenticeship training, innovation and partnerships.

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