Author: Mark Mann

Chrysalix Venture Capital announces first close of a $120 million fund for industrial innovation

The Vancouver-based firm Chrysalix Venture Capital has announced the first close for a new $120 million USD fund that will invest in intelligent systems to improve resource-intensive industries. Taking a global outlook, the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund will concentrate on early-stage ventures that are working on “Industry 4.0 applications that improve business processes, resource efficiency and…

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Fanshawe College opens new advanced research centre in biotechnology

Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, opened its new Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology (CARIB) on Friday, Oct. 12. The centre comprises more than 13,000 square feet of teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, instrumentation and physics, as well as an incubator and industry research space with access to a cell culturing facility. Student…

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Tammy Clifford

Dr. Tammy J Clifford has been appointed to the position of Vice-President of Research Programs at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), starting October 29, 2018. In this role, she will oversee the design, development and administration of CIHR’s funding programs and science policies, and will collaborate with other members of CIHR’s executive team…

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Bill Greuel

Former Saskatchewan government official, Bill Greuel, has been appointed as chief executive officer of the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster (PIC), starting on October 15. Gruel, with an extensive background in the agriculture industry, will be responsible for leading the supercluster to develop Canada’s plant-based protein potential and create enhanced value from one of Canada’s largest…

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Kendra MacDonald

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has named Kendra MacDonald its new CEO. MacDonald has held leadership roles in Australia, Hong Kong and Canada, most recently as Chief Audit Executive for Deloitte Global. She is also the Chair and Acting CEO for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) and the Chair of the Audit…

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John Ruffolo

Venture capital investor John Ruffolo is leaving OMERS Ventures, a fund he founded in 2011 as an arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System pension plan. During his tenure as CEO, Ruffolo led the fund to invest in several of Canada’s most successful tech startups in recent years, including Hootsuite and Shopify, and grew…

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada partners with Italian “Green Chemistry” cluster

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Technology Cluster of “Green Chemistry” (SPRING), a non-profit association whose members operate in Italy’s bioeconomy sector. The partnership will promote collaborations to research and develop high-tech projects, including technologies that convert biomass and raw materials into bio-based products. Other areas of focus…

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Quebec mentorship network Réseau M receives nearly $5.4 million in funding

The Québec government committed nearly $5.4 million over the next four years to support the activities of Réseau M, a mentorship network aimed at entrepreneurs. Participants in the network now include 1,150 mentors and 2,500 mentored entrepreneurs. Réseau M is managed by the Québec Entrepreneurship Foundation, whose main activities are mentorship and publishing the Entrepreneurial…

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