Organization: Univ of Waterloo

Fed’s $15-million investment in IQC reannounced

Industry Canada has re-announced Budget 2014’s commitment to invest an additional $15 million over three years in the Univ of Waterloo‘s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), boosting federal investment in the institute to $89 million. The new funds will support IQC’s strategic plan to engage in the research and commercialization of quantum technologies. In addition…

Fed’s $15-million investment in IQC reannounced

Industry Canada has re-announced Budget 2014’s commitment to invest an additional $15 million over three years in the Univ of Waterloo‘s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), boosting federal investment in the institute to $89 million. The new funds will support IQC’s strategic plan to engage in the research and commercialization of quantum technologies. In addition…

MEOPAR awards $3.5 million to seven projects

The Marine Environmental, Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) has awarded $3.5 million to seven projects that competed in its second open call for applications. The targeted basic research projects are led by universities and address issues such as fog ice, ship noise, radioactivity, whale-ship collisions, storms and tsunamis. The successful projects’ lead investigators are…

NSERC provides $9.8 million for more CREATE grants

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has announced $9.8 million to support the second tranche of this year’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE ) grants. The funding will allow the six training programs at five Ontario-based institutions to train graduate students in the skills they require to work in industry. Grants for…

Automotive Partnerships Canada funds 10 projects

Auto Partnerships Canada (APC) has announced 10 projects designed to stimulate collaboration between industry and academia. APC will provide $30 million, augmented by $22 million from industry and other partners. McMaster Univ was the big winner with three projects valued at $24.2 million or 46% of the total. Those projects will develop next-generation electrified powertrains…

Univ of Waterloo opens electromagnetic test facility

The Univ of Waterloo has officially opened an advanced Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS), a $15-million, 500-sq-m facility for research and testing of electromagnetic devices. Supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Research Fund, the university and industry partners, the facility supports a wide range of devices from next-generation wireless communications…

Pebble Technology raises $15M in series ‘A’ financing

Pebble Technology, a Palo Alta CA-based developer of the wildly popular Pebble smart watch, has raised $15 million in series ‘A’ financing to expand development and marketing. The company was started by Vancouver native and Univ of Waterloo graduate Eric Migicovsky who previously raised $10.2 million through a Kickstarter cloud funding campaign, the largest in…

Lazaridis and Fregin launch $100M quantum VC fund

Mike Lazaridis has teamed with fellow Research In Motion Ltd co-founder Doug Fregin to launch a venture capital fund in the area of quantum information science with an initial $100 million investment of their own money. Quantum Valley Investments will be based in Waterloo ON which has deep expertise in quantum and theoretical physics. The…

Institutions to receive CERC chairs announced

The results of the first phase of the second smaller round of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program have been announced with eight universities given the go-ahead to nominate world-renowned researchers to fill 11 chairs. The competition was announced in the 2011 federal Budget and launched last December, with 10 chairs worth $10 million…

New centre of bioengineering & biotech at Univ of Waterloo

The Univ of Waterloo has established a Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology to operate at the interface between engineering and life sciences. The new centre will support research and education activities in areas such as human engineering, life engineering and bioenvironmental engineering. Hosted by the faculty of engineering, its inaugural director is Dr Catherine Burns,…