The Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) have partnered to create Espace CDPQ | Axe IA, a new accelerator hub focused on commercialization.
The new funding will help McMaster’s collaborative makerspace The Forge acquire new equipment and expand the number of companies it supports.
Submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) in advance of Budget 2019 seek better R&D tax credits, more space investments, and a bigger Strategic Innovation Fund, among other things.
Automotive R&D and innovation is growing in the Toronto-Waterloo technology corridor, despite General Motors Oshawa assembly plant closing.
Vancouver’s new Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) opened its doors officially on Friday, December 7.
Univ of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) will open a collaborative research hub and event space in the city’s former central library branch.
Companies in Quebec and Alberta are teaming up on an industrial project to capture CO2 and convert it into fuels and bio-products.
Montreal’s AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) is expected to create 16,000 jobs and add more than $16 billion to the economy.
The first Pan-Canadian AI Strategy annual meeting (AICan) convened in Montreal on December 3 to announce its initial cohort of 29 Canada CIFAR Artificial Intelligence (CCAI) Chairs.
Canada’s National Research Council has partnered with the University of Toronto to launch an innovation hub for the rapidly advancing field of microfluidics, called the Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT).
Nine research teams across Canada receive CANARIE funding to develop research data management tools.
A new partnership between Seneca and KUKU Canada will provide post-secondary students with state-of-the-art robotic equipment to enhance their manufacturing skills.
The Government of Canada will invest $9 million over three years in the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) as part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy announced in Budget 2018.
Ottawa launches a new program aimed at helping businesses across all regions in Canada to grow, expand into new markets and adopt new technologies.
University of Alberta spinoff firm Forge Hydrocarbons lands US$4-million investment by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.
Centennial College students are using a newly opened applied research facility to work on industry-led projects in aerospace, health technologies and cybersecurity.
The B.C.-based Digital Technology Supercluster announced its official launch after receiving a funding allocation for $153 million from the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) and $200 million in funding commitments from member organizations.
An international consortium of research funders is moving rapidly to transform academic publishing. Known as Coalition S, the group has approved a plan that requires full and immediate open access to research funded by national and European research councils and funding bodies, beginning January 1, 2020. Canada is not part of the consortium, but it could feel the impact.
Speaking on a panel at the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, Naylor affirmed that the federal government, provinces and territories need to do a better job at coordinating research funding and priorities if Canada wants to make the most of its investments.
ISED announced $28 million to help Canadian packaged-meats producer Maple Leaf Foods build a new $744-million poultry facility in London, Ontario.
B.C.’s tech sector is growing revenues and GDP faster than other provinces’ tech sectors, but is struggling with a tech talent shortage and not enough companies scaling up beyond startup stage.
Calgary and Alberta are leading the country in developing and deploying drones, as a strategy to diversify the province’s economy, but the industry says more federal support is needed.
Canadian companies’ R&D spending grew 1.3% in 2016 to reach $12.8 billion, according to a report of Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders by Research Infosource Inc. By comparison, R&D spending increased by 6.9% between 2014 and 2015.
CAE taps feds and Quebec government for nearly $200 million in loans to launch ambitious $1-billion digitization project
The federal government is helping one of Canada’s most enduring aerospace firms to apply the latest developments in digital technology to its simulation and training products and services. CAE Inc will receive $150 million from the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) to support a $1-billion, five-year program dubbed Project Digital Intelligence.
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster could galvanize a national strategy to obtain the full economic value of the country’s under-developed ocean resource, says the chief executive of the supercluster.
National Facilities and Platforms: A Smart Way to Fund Research Infrastructure
The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) funding support for research infrastructure is vital for universities and colleges in Canada. Canada’s Federal Budget 2018 included an increase and long-term stability in funding for CFI — a smart move. How might this new CFI funding be used to address current program challenges?
The Canadian Science Policy Centre launched a new networking initiative for politicians and researchers at its annual conference in Ottawa this year, called Science Meets Parliament. The aim of the pilot program is to foster awareness and understanding between lawmakers and scientists, and to cultivate better communication between the two.
As Department of Finance Canada conducts an internal review of the SR&ED program, innovation advocates and business consultants say Canada’s largest funding program for incenting R&D by the private sector is “broken” and needs a major overhaul.
Earlier this month, NSERC announced more than $558 million in awards for nearly 4,300 researchers and students, the largest investment in research from the agency this year and a $44 million increase over 2017. R$ spoke to Pierre Charest, Vice-President, Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate, about how the new funding was spent and what to expect in the years ahead.
Speaking on Friday, November 9 at the 2018 Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, Chief Science Advisor Dr. Mona Nemer announced that all major equipment in federal labs will become part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Research Facilities Navigator inventory, which previously only included infrastructure in academic settings like universities, teaching hospitals and colleges. With this change, any qualified person will be able to identify “what infrastructure we have in Canada, exactly where it is, and if it will be accessible to everyone,” said Dr. Nemer. The move promises to improve communication between intramural and extramural science, and to ensure more efficient use of the facilities. Dr. Nemer affirmed that the change highlights “how serious the federal leadership in science is about collaboration and working with the post-secondary institutions and the private sector.” The announcement was made at the opening of a panel discussion titled “Science and the next generation: partnerships and collaborative infrastructure as enablers.”
The Canadian government has introduced a Federal Strategy on Innovation and Growth for the Quebec Regions. The new plan aims to support region-specific initiatives that will foster innovation, entrepreneurial activity and the creation of well-paying jobs. Piloted by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), the strategy focuses on four priorities: innovation and clean tech; growth and exports; entrepreneurial talent; and growth for everyone in all regions, including rural and remote areas. The four major priorities as well as fourteen related action points were validated by a hundred Quebec economic development experts, who participated in interregional roundtables last spring. The announcement also named eight initial projects that will be supported through the strategy, including StartAéro 360°, a guidance program for SMEs in the aerospace and related sectors, which will receive $2.98 million over three years. Other projects include the creation of an office for the development of growing businesses and a contest for young scholars in emerging sectors.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week federal investments for TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre, to create a new life sciences facility called the Institute for Advanced Medical Isotopes (IAMI). Of the total $31.8 million required for construction, Ottawa will provide $10.2 million, British Columbia $12.2, TRIUMF $5.4 million, and the BC Cancer Foundation and UBC $2 million each. Situated on TRIUMF’s campus, IAMI will advance research into life-saving medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. The facility will include labs and a TR-24 medical cyclotron, one of the most technologically advanced commercial cyclotrons in the world. Among its many offerings, IAMI will provide a secure supply of important medical isotopes, contribute to next-generation cancer therapies, and accelerate global drug development by producing sought-after isotope-based radiotracers for gauging drug efficacy.
The Alberta government’s new Methane Emissions Reduction Program will provide small and medium-sized oil and gas companies with incentives of up to $250,000 per year, per facility for energy-efficiency upgrades to reduce global-warming methane emissions. Administered by Energy Efficiency Alberta, the program is designed for facilities in Alberta that don’t exceed more than 40,000 barrels of oil per day. In the separate Methane Challenge initiative, Emissions Reduction Alberta has invested $40 million in 12 separate R&D projects that are expected to reduce methane emissions by 6.9 megatonnes by 2030, bring $60 million of investment to Alberta and support 60 jobs. The Alberta Energy Regulator is finalizing new methane standards for the oil and gas industry, the province’s largest source of methane emissions. In 2014, the industry accounted for 70% of provincial methane emissions, or 31.3 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan includes reducing methane emissions by 45% by 2025.
In response to American tariffs on Canadian steel, economic development minister Navdeep Bains announced a $49.9 million Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) investment to support an undertaking by steel company ArcelorMittal to modernize its facilities. The $205 million project aims to improve efficiency, sustainability, and productivity across its operations. With this investment, ArcelorMittal expects to reduce fuel consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions by up to 100,000 tonnes per year. The funding will support 4,700 jobs at its facilities in Hamilton, Ontario, where ArcelorMittal is the city’s largest private sector employer, as well as 1,700 jobs in Contrecœur, Quebec.
A new report by the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) reveals that Canadians increasingly favour investments that incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria. The 2018 Canadian Responsible Investment Trends Report shows that responsible investment (RI) has increased by 41.6% since 2015, accounting for just over half of Canadian assets under management. Responsible investments reached $2.13 trillion as at December 31st, 2017, up from $1.51 trillion two years previously. Survey respondents anticipate moderate to high growth in responsible investing over the next two years.
The Cambridge, Ontario-based company exactEarth Ltd. received $7.2 million in federal investment through the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF). exactEarth uses satellite technology to track ships at sea and to optimize routing for the global shipping industry. The funding will support exactEarth to invest more in R&D and to develop intellectual property that’s made and retained in Canada, as well as to continue collaborating with universities and research institutions in the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), a federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE). With the help of this investment, exactEarth anticipates creating 67 jobs and plans to become a leader in real-time satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) services.
The University of Ottawa’s Administration Committee has announced the appointment of Guy Levesque as Associate Vice-President, Research Support and Infrastructure, beginning November 19. Mr. Levesque currently serves as Vice-President, Programs and Performance at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), where he previously held the position of Director of Programs from 2010 to 2015. He has worked as a strategic advisor in academia and also held management roles for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.