Organization: Western Economic Diversification Canada

WD funds brain imaging lab in British Columbia

Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $3.6 million to the Surrey Memorial Image Tech Lab to enhance its advanced diagnostics and treatment monitoring in neurology, mental health and addiction care. As part of the Innovation Boulevard network, the lab is the first of its kind in western Canada and ensures that British Columbia is globally…

Genome BC to boost industry uptake with WD funding

Genome British Columbia has received $715,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to increase the user-pull of relevant genomics technologies by existing companies and organizations, as well as supporting new companies. The funding targets genomics technologies to ensure pest-free wood products and identify the origins of agri-fisheries products by matching industry with academia and addressing…

WD funds Carbon Research Institutes field station

Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $4.9 million for the creation of a field research station (FRS) to accelerate technology development and performance validation related to carbon capture and storage. The FRS project is led by the Containment and Monitoring Institute, the first of a planned series of institutes under the CMC Research Institutes banner.…

WD funds Carbon Research Institutes field station

Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $4.9 million for the creation of a field research station (FRS) to accelerate technology development and performance validation related to carbon capture and storage. The FRS project is led by the Containment and Monitoring Institute, the first of a planned series of institutes under the CMC Research Institutes banner.…

WD launches $100-million tech fund for SMEs

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is introducing a $100-million, five-year fund to help western-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) develop, validate and market new products in a range of technology sectors. The Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) will provide 50 cent dollars to each project, matched with private sector funding. WINN funds are repayable to a…

CLS joins Composites Research Network

The Saskatoon-based Canadian Light Source has joined the Composites Research Network (CRN) — a western Canadian-based organization supporting the composites industry. The network is led by the Univ of British Columbia which was awarded $9.8 million in early 2012 from Western Economic Diversification Canada. CRN has nodes at UBC, UBC-Okanagan, Univ of Victoria, Univ of…

WD provides funds for mass spectrometers at UVic

The Univ of Victoria has the highest concentration of mass spectrometers of any Canadian university following the purchase of two new units with support from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). The equipment was purchased for the UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre with $663,000 in WD funding, which also includes the cost of a hiring a technician,…

Feds and Manitoba support icing research centre

Western Economic Diversification Canada is investing $13.4 million in a new Canadian Environmental Test Research and Education Centre (CanETREC) in Thompson MB. The facility is also receiving $9 million from the province of Manitoba in the form of a secured, repayable loan. The centre, which has been on the books for a number of years,…