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September 27, 2021

Research activity on the rise at Canada’s colleges and institutes

Ottawa, September 27, 2021 – Research activity continues to grow at colleges and institutes across Canada who are increasingly recognized for their essential contribution to the country’s innovation ecosystem, by both government and industry partners. This portrait emerges clearly from the results of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) latest survey on applied research. Applied research at colleges and institutes is now a $354M ecosystem that has seen 19% growth over the two years between CICan’s 2017-2018 survey and this latest survey covering the 2019-2020 fiscal year. During that last year, CICan members reported over 8,000 research partnerships, the vast majority... Read more
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April 7, 2021

Networks of Innovation: The Role of Colleges in Strengthening Canada’s Biomanufacturing Capacity

Networks of Innovation: The Role of Colleges in Strengthening Canada’s Biomanufacturing Capacity Submission to the Government of Canada consultation on the creation of new biomanufacturing capacity for Canada The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that Canada needs to lay a durable foundation for our ability to respond to current and future health emergencies. The college sector is pleased to provide this response to the consultation on the creation of new biomanufacturing capacity for Canada organized by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
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February 27, 2020

CICan and Mitacs partner to drive innovation with 1,000 research internships for college and institute students across Canada

New agreement pledges work-integrated learning research opportunities with industry and post-secondary education partners across Canada  Ottawa, February 27, 2020 — Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) — the national organization that represents publicly-supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, and polytechnics — and Mitacs — a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada — signed an historic agreement yesterday. The partnership creates up to 1,000 work-integrated learning Mitacs research internships for students from CICan member institutions across Canada over the next five years. This agreement builds new links for college and institute students to work with industry partners and other researchers. It leverages both... Read more
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December 6, 2018

The new applied research trailblazers

This op-ed was initially published in Canadian Innovation News.   This fall, Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan) hosted its latest Applied research symposium in Ottawa, which was a wonderful opportunity to hear from experts and leaders in research from across the country, but perhaps most importantly, from students. This event has proved the perfect opportunity to present a national Student Innovation Showcase on Parliament Hill, and every year, high profile guests are amazed by the depth and scope of the projects on display. From exploring new sources of biofuels and creating new community engagement tools for police officers using video... Read more
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November 5, 2018

The Government of Canada invests in local innovation

November 5, 2018, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario -  The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced investments to support 94 forward-thinking partnerships to address challenges that affect all Canadians, locally and nationally. These projects will receive over $45 million through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program and the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF). For more information, read the Government of Canada news release.
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November 5, 2018

New initiative to showcase Canadian colleges and institutes role in innovation

Ottawa ON, 5 November 2018 - RESEARCH MONEY (R$), Canada’s leading newsletter on science, technology and innovation policy and investment, in partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), has launched a new initiative to highlight the key role that colleges and institutes are playing in building Canada’s innovation capacity. The initiative was announced by R$ Publisher and CEO, Jeffrey Crelinsten, at CICan’s symposium Accelerating Innovation through Applied Research. To mark the launch, the booklet Applied Research Comes of Age was released at the symposium, before an audience of Members of Parliament, college and institute CEOs and applied research leaders and government officials.... Read more
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