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November 22, 2019

Support collaboration to give Canadian innovation a boost

This op-ed was originally published in Research Money's 2019 issue of Applied Research Comes of Age.   In our country of small businesses, where over 99% of companies are considered small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), collaboration is often the key to growth and innovation. It’s what spurs ingenuity, helping a business to punch above its weight. But Canada needs more and that requires sustained support for innovative partnerships. Fostering collaboration in all sectors of the economy is a major strength of colleges, polytechnics and institutes. All across the country, they are sought-after partners for SMEs and community stakeholders looking to... Read more
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November 20, 2019

Colleges and institutes play a critical role in Canadian innovation according to latest Applied Research Survey

Ottawa, November 20, 2019 – As we mark global entrepreneurship week to celebrate and recognize Canadian ingenuity, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is pleased to release its latest survey of research activity at Canada’s colleges and institutes. The study looks at their contribution in key sectors of the economy and shows their impact as innovation engines for businesses in communities across the country. The survey results show that colleges and institutes across Canada led over 6,000 applied research projects in 2017-2018. This resulted in over 2,100 prototypes, 880 new products, 480 processes and 360 services, 87% of which were completed in less than... Read more
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February 1, 2019

Polytechnics and colleges, natural allies to businesses, deserve more access to government funding

This op-ed was initially published in the Hill Times on January 30, 2019.   Canada is at an innovation crossroads. Productivity measures have long lagged behind our international counterparts and, as a country of small businesses, our firms often lack the internal resources to fulfill their potential. Developing new prototypes, adopting new technologies, and designing new processes takes time, money, and human resources. As Canada’s economic engines, small- and mid-sized enterprises represent the greatest potential source of innovation and productivity gains. But, where do they turn for help? Polytechnics and colleges are their natural allies, supporting new product development, identifying... 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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