Organization: Natural Resources Canada

Innovation Conversations: Q&A with Nobina Robinson

Nobina Robinson retires from her position of Chief Executive Officer at Polytechnics Canada this month after nine years in that role. In those years, Robinson has been recognized by her colleagues for bringing attention to the important role polytechnics and colleges play in Canada’s innovation ecosystem, particularly applied research and commercialization. She shares her thoughts with RE$EARCH MONEY about the legacy she leaves behind and what’s next for the sector.

Semi-finalists chosen for flagship Clean Growth Program

Innovative technologies for Canada’s oilsands industry are well represented in the semi-finalists announced for Natural Resources Canada’s flagship Clean Growth Program. They are competing for a share of NRCan’s $155-million investment, aimed at advancing clean technology R&D and demonstration projects in energy, mining and forestry. Eleven oilsands-related technologies being developed by various companies and organizations…

Federal innovation support programs focus of ground breaking Treasury Board inventory

Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has completed a comprehensive inventory of federal programs aimed at supporting business innovation and clean technology. The inventory captured 20 organizations and 92 program streams (business-facing programs), with the top five accounting for more than two-thirds of the $2.379 billion total.

Feds announce $155 million to help natural resources sector address climate change

The federal government has announced a $155-million program to help the natural resources sectors address climate change by developing and deploying clean technologies that will lower their notoriously high greenhouse gas emissions. The funding under the new Clean Growth Program (CGP) is aimed at the energy, mining and forestry sectors for pre-commercial projects between technology readiness levels 3 to 9.

FPInnovations, Allnorth team up to provide energy management solution for pulp, paper firms

FPInnovations has forged a strategic partnership with Allnorth – a Vancouver-based provider of engineering and technical services – to develop energy management solutions to boost the competitiveness of pulp and paper companies in the North. The tie-up combines FPInnovations’ process insight with Allnorth’s engineering expertise to expand the work of FPInnovations with the CanmetENERGY branch of…

Is Canada’s Innovation Budget ambitious enough?

Opinion is decidedly split on the federal government’s delivery of its promised innovation Budget. The March 22 budgetary planning document contains a wide range of measures related to skills, company financing, program consolidation and clean technology.

GRDI launches two new genomics projects

The federal Genomics Research and Development Initiative (GRDI) has announced $4 million for two new projects as part of a multi-departmental initiative to position themselves as key national and international players in the genomics field. The Antimicrobial Resistance project will explore how to make food production safer by reducing bacterial and microbial resistance. The EcoBiomics…