Canada

Global Affairs Canada
Part of Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a network of more than 1000 trade professionals working in Canadian embassies, high commissions, and consulates located in 150 cities around the world and across Canada. The TCS helps companies that are looking to export, invest abroad, attract investment or develop innovation and R&D partnerships. Through the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP), the Government of Canada supports collaborative industrial R&D projects with high potential for commercialization between Canadian companies and companies in partner countries including Israel, Brazil, China, and India.

Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science (MRIS)
The Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science aims to help grow a strong, innovative economy that provides jobs and prosperity for all Ontarians. To accomplish this goal, MRIS offers the programs, services and tools businesses need to innovate and compete in today’s fast-changing global economy. MRIS’ strategy focuses on four priority areas:

  • Building prosperity through increased productivity and innovation
  • Promoting Ontario as a place to invest, innovate, trade and grow your business
  • Supporting regional growth through the province’s strategic sectors
  • Promoting the modernization of government

MRIS is focused on building an Ontario economy that is forward-looking, agile and innovative – primed to compete for the high-value jobs of tomorrow.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC invests over $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investments deliver discoveries, valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,000 professors, world-leading researchers in their fields. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology. Our investments provide scholarships and hands-on training experience for the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada, more than 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resources products. We are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests, and minerals and metals and use our expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass. NRCan develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. We conduct innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies. We also represent Canada at the international level to meet the country’s global commitments related to the sustainable development of natural resources.

COSIA
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers that aims to enable the responsible and sustainable growth of Canada’s oil sands while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation.  The alliance was launched March 1, 2012 when representatives of 12 companies came together in Calgary to sign the COSIA charter, signifying their agreement with COSIA’s vision, their support of our alliance’s beliefs, and their pledge to uphold the commitments put forward in the charter. Two additional companies have since joined the alliance.  COSIA brings together leading thinkers from industry, government, academia and the wider public to improve measurement, accountability and environmental performance in the oil sands in four Environmental Priority Areas: tailings, waterland and greenhouse gases.

Innovacorp
Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. It works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and oceans technology.

Innovation Saskatchewan
Innovation Saskatchewan was established in 2009 as a government agency that provides recommendations and advice to the Saskatchewan Government regarding its strategic direction in the areas of research, development, science and technology. It develops policies and programs, and conducts activities that assist in the implementation of the innovation priorities of the provincial government. It is also involved with the demonstration and the commercialization of new technologies and facilitates in the co-ordination of the province’s innovation activities.

The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)
Launched in November 2010, the OBI has been established to become an internationally recognized centre of excellence in brain research, translation and innovation. It will achieve its vision by initiating, funding, promoting and stimulating brain research, education and training. The research outcomes will be translated into clinical applications and commercialization opportunities related to the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and management of brain diseases and disorders. The Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded by the Government of Ontario. The OBI will serve as a nexus for collaborative efforts, with a program focused on bringing together Ontario’s leading scientists and clinicians drawn from Ontario’s universities, colleges, and hospitals.