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Call for Proposals: Student Innovation Showcase

Submission Deadline: September 28, 2018

CICan is pleased to announce that the November 5-6, 2018 edition of the Symposium will include a Student Innovation Showcase on Parliament Hill on Monday, November 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The goal of the Student Showcase is to highlight the impact of applied research and innovation experiences on students. They will showcase how their applied research project provided an innovative solution to an industry or community partner’s problem and what they gained from that experience. Members of Parliament, senators and government representatives are invited to connect and exchange with the students and college and institute representatives on the value proposition of college and institute applied research for the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan. As an important feature for this year, the symposium is held in parallel to the CICan Leaders’ Forum, hence college and institute presidents and CEOs will attend the showcase. College and institute government relations representatives are also welcome to this activity.

There will be 30 to 40 places for table-top displays of college and institute students’ applied research projects. Students will talk about their projects and exchange with parliamentarians, federal government representatives and college and institute presidents.

On the second day of the Applied Research Symposium, Tuesday, November 6, students are welcome to attend sessions and will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects once again.

Submission Guidelines

CICan members are invited to submit proposals for their students or recent graduates to participate in the showcase, taking into account the following guidelines:

  • Students or recent graduates can be from any academic discipline or post-secondary program.
  • The student applied research projects in the showcase should highlight:
    • an innovative solution to an external partner’s problem, and explain how the project left the partner better off than when they came to the college/institute seeking assistance.
    • the impact and future direction for the project. Projects are not restricted to commercial impact, or revenue generation. Impacts can be on the partner, the community/region, or on the social economy.
    • what the student gained from the project. What was the experience like? What were some challenges or frustrations? What new skills did they gain? What is the next step for the student in their career?
  • Given the format of the activity, students should be prepared to present their applied research project in a short pitch to exchange with as many participants as possible, with a focus on the results from this experience as explained above.
  • There are no firm guidelines for the posters’ content, but they should touch on many of the points noted above.
  • Technical requirements and logistic information for the table-top displays, posters and any demonstration material will be provided after the selection process by mid October 2018.
  • CICan will consider geographic region and area of research when reviewing the submitted proposals, to ensure a diverse and balanced representation as much as possible.

Deadline for Submissions

Please email your completed PDF submission form by September 28, 2018 to Hélène Hardy at

Colleges and institutes submitting student applications will be notified of the status of their submission no later than October 5, 2018.

Students or their institutions are responsible for their own travel and associated costs, but CICan will contribute up to $500 to cover students’ travel and hotel fees, based on real expenses.

For further information or if you have questions, please contact Mark Shumelda at