Organization: Univ of Waterloo

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,…

UW signs MOUs with Brazilian research institutions

The Univ of Waterloo has signed memoranda of understanding with two research institutions in Brazil. The MOUs are with Pontifica Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC), a research-focused university, and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) , a national institute responsible for promoting science and technology. They will expand upon researcher exchanges,…

IDRC and granting councils fund climate change research

The International Development Research Centre and Canada’s three federal granting councils have joined forces to fund five research teams under the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change. Five projects will each receive $2.5 million over five years for a total of $12.5 million to conduct research in Canada and in developing countries across…

Cambridge firm receives $4M from Clean Energy Fund

Ecologix Heating Technologies Inc has received $4 million from the $1-billion federal Clean Energy Fund to develop and demonstrate a cold climate heat pump system. Developed in conjunction with the Univ of Waterloo and Emerson Climate Technologies, the system adapts compressor technology used in commercial refrigeration systems for cold climate heating and cooling. Cambridge ON-based…

Health research award winners announced

The 9th annual Canadian Health Research Awards have been jointly presented by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Prix Galien Canada. Prix Galien made its awards to Dr Julio Montaner (Univ of British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) for ongoing innovation in the development and delivery of HIV treatment, and Janssen-Ortho for a…