Organization: Western Economic Diversification Canada

Short Report, August 14, 2019: International research, ocean analytics, smart farm

The Trade Commissioner Service has renamed its Going Global Innovation (GGI) program to CanExport Innovation (CXI). The program offers grants to support the early-stage development of international research partnerships. It is designed to minimize the cost of finalizing relationships where there has already been interest between the research partners. Through CXI, Canadian innovators can access…

CAN Health Network to offer integrated market for high-growth SMEs

The Government of Canada has announced an initial investment of $7 million to create the CAN Health Network, a pilot project that seeks to help high-growth health companies scale faster in the domestic market by accessing consolidated procurement opportunities.

The Short Report, July 10, 2019: Nuclear power, future skills, health tech

A planned $100-million infusion for Alberta’s artificial intelligence sector — promised in February by then-governing NDP leader Rachel Notley — is on hold, as Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party scrutinizes the investment. Edmonton-based AI hub Amii (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) was slated to to use some of the funds to open a Calgary office, but…

The Short Report – April 17, 2019: Indigenous innovation, Ontario budget, scaling network

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) announced more than $1 million over four years for a new Social Purpose Institute (SPI), launched by United Way of the Lower Mainland. The initiative aims to promote economic growth and social purpose in British Columbia.  – Newswire The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $8.4 million in Uniboard Canada…

University of Alberta opens venture space for commercializing health innovation

The University of Alberta has opened a $2.3 million venture hub called TEC Centre Labs that aims to help scientists and researchers commercialize their discoveries. Located in downtown Edmonton, the facility encompasses 8,000 square feet of wet lab and collaboration space, and houses two accelerator programs: the UAlberta Health Accelerator, which concentrates on assisting researchers…