Organization: Univ of British Columbia

CFI Innovation Fund supports 117 infrastructure projects

More than $554 million in federal funding has been allocated to 117 new infrastructure projects at several universities, colleges and research hospitals across Canada. The money comes from the Innovation Fund of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide researchers and students with tools to help them facilitate their research. About $423 million of…

U of T’s Creative Destruction Lab to be replicated in NYC

Univ of Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) concept has found its way to New York City as the university’s Rotman School of Management collaborates with the New York Univ‘s Stern School of Business. Stern associate professor Deepak Hegde says the business school had been searching for an approach to integrate AI, life science and fintech…

UrtheCast taps SADI to develop 16- radar and optical satellite constellation

Vancouver’s UrtheCast Corp has received $17.6 million from the Strategic Aerospace & Defence Initiative (SADI) to further develop its planned constellation of earth observation satellites. The 16-satellite constellation will consist of eight synthetic aperture radar satellites and eight high-resolution optical satellites. SADI will support the project through its four-year pre-commercial design and development phase and…

Dr Santa Ono

Dr Santa Ono, president of the Univ of British Columbia, has been appointed chief advisor of the province’s freshly minted Innovation Network linking industry to post-secondary institutions. During Ono’s first year, he will focus on talent, research and innovation, and super-clusters. This will involve working in conjunction with the Premier’s Technology Council to: develop and…

BF Francis Ouellette

Genome Quebec has appointed BF Francis Ouellette as VP scientific affairs effective February 27, bringing more than 20 years of experience in bioinformatics. Ouellette has spent the past 10 years at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research as a lead investigator and associate director of its informatics and biocomputing platform. He was also employed by…

APEC mental health hub pitched for Canada

The Univ of British Columbia and the Univ of Alberta have joined the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to request $5 million over five years in start-up funding from the federal government for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Hub to promote mental wellness in Canada and the Asia Pacific region. The request was contained…

BCIC selects four promising research projects

The BC Innovation Council has launched its Ignite Awards program with the selection of four research projects in natural resources and applied sciences. BCIC awarded $838,000 to the projects which leveraged more than $1.8 million from other sources. To be eligible, the projects must demonstrate commercial and technical viability as well as the ability to…

UBC launching western Creative Destruction Lab

The Univ of British Columbia‘s Sauder School of Business is launching a BC version of the Univ of Toronto‘s Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) to assist young companies in accessing adequate funding for scale-up and growing within the province. Since its inception in 2012, U of T’s CDL has generated $800 million in equity value in…