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New $25M SMART Green Funding Program for Ontario SMEs


Ontario Manufacturers & Exporters can receive a non-repayable grant of up to $200,000 for projects that will reduce Greenhouse gas emissions through the new Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) Green Smart program, scheduled to open November 2016.

The $25M CME Green SMART program is part of Ontario’s new $325-million Green Investment Fund.  If your company is implementing capital investment projects that will generate greenhouse emission reductions, leverage energy-efficient technologies, and follow best practices through process and/or product improvements, you may be eligible for a non-repayable grant up to 50% of eligible projects costs (up to $200,000) through the CME Green Smart program.

Eligible Companies:

  • Minimum of 10 full time employees.
  • Fewer than 25,000 tonnes per year of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Not participating in Ontario’s Cap & Trade program.
  • Companies with more than one facility may apply for funding for one project per facility for a maximum of 5 facilities up to $500,000.


  • The project must:
    • Support reduction in GHG intensity and/or avoidance through upgrades to process/production equipment, or
    • Involve implementation productivity improvements, which in turn lead to lower GHG emissions on a gross or per-production unit basis.
  • The project must be associated to the manufacturing process and cannot be a “comfort” upgrade (i.e. lighting, heating and cooling) that is not related to production.
  • A technical project assessment form will be required that includes a report of current (pre-project) GHG emissions, followed by a 12 month post-implementation verification that demonstrates GHG reduction.

The CME Green SMART application intake is expected to open on November 1, 2016 through the online system . This program will support approximately 110 projects in Ontario.

November 2 Seminar: The Government Can Be a Source of Non-Dilutive Financing for Your Startup

Aird and Berlis poster for Nov 2016 seminar

Financing a startup company for innovation or growth has always been a challenge for many in Canada. However, what we lack in VCs is made up for by our plethora of government funding sources. Both the federal and provincial governments provide financial support through over $20 billion in various funding programs each year. If you need to extend your runway, consider doing so in a non-dilutive manner by taking advantage of government funding.

Join us for a free seminar on November 2, 2016 to learn about how sourcing funding from SR&ED tax credits, non-repayable grants and interest-free loans can give early-stage companies the edge they need to finance growth. This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) funding
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) funding
  • Federal Development Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) loans
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) support
  • Structuring your company to take advantage of Canadian funding opportunities

November 2, 2016
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. : Registration
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. : Seminar with Q&A
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. : Networking and Refreshments

Aird & Berlis LLP
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800 – Toronto (map)

Booking/ Registration:
Please RSVP online


Gerry Fung
CPA, CMA, P.Eng. Vice President, Business Services at NorthBridge Consulting Services Inc.


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NorthBridge Summer 2016 Newsletter

Lean Six Sigma Innovation


Editor’s Welcome — Lean Innovation: The Art of Making Less Into More

Continuous improvement in business is about more than just a set of operational principles to increase efficiency. It is a mindset, and a coprorate culture that is always geared towards finding better, more innovative solutions… Read more.


JIT, TPS, and the Roots of Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a management methodology that was proceeded by the ‘The Ford System’ and the ‘Just-In-Time’ (JIT) system that were developed to increase value in automotive manufacturing. Henry Ford developed the ‘The Ford System’ for producing the Model-T… Read more.


Guest Editor Spotlight: Henry Foppoli

As an Engineering Manager at NorthBridge Consultants for over five years, Henry manages a team of government funding specialists and assists clients in various industries such as automotive, plastics, tool and die, civil engineering, pulp and paper, oil and gas, and food… Read more.

Lean Six Sigma

Lean, SR&ED, and Innovation

Over the last century, Lean Six Sigma management principles have been successfully adopted by numerous companies of varying sizes and across diverse industries to gain an advantage in an extremely competitive environment… Read more.

Process Improvement

The Future of Lean Manufacturing

Lean Six Sigma management philosophy was born in a manufacturing sector from the realization that much time and resources are wasted on transportation, unnecessary movement, idle time, defects, over-processed goods, overproduction and inventory… Read more.


Creating Value in Transactional Businesses

Lean Six Sigma emerged in a manufacturing environment, but there is a growing trend of companies in the transactional industry implementing Lean Six Sigma practices. A wide variety of businesses including banks, insurance companies, hospitals… Read more.

Lean Startup

Preventing Financial Losses in SMEs and Start-Ups

Inspired by the high efficiency of large lean companies, small- to medium-sized enterprises, including start-up companies, have been adopting Lean Six Sigma management principles in order to develop high value processes with minimal waste… Read more.


Enhancing Innovation in Large Companies

One of the main challenges currently facing large established companies is maintaining a balance between achieving incremental product/service improvements with existing products/services for growing the current target market… Read more.


Lean Innovation Leaders

Today’s business leaders face a range of challenges from domestic and international competition to changing consumer needs and global economic turmoil. The demand for innovation, both on the shop floor and in the board room, is strong… Read more.

Employee Spotlight: Yael Algranti

Since joining our Client Management team last November, Yael Algranti has played an essential role in serving new and existing NorthBridge clients in Ontario and Western Canada.  Of all the aspects of her job, Yael most enjoys working with and interacting with people every day, building long-lasting relationships with everyone from fellow employees to current and potential clients. Yael is proud to be a member of the dynamic NorthBridge team and appreciates the value management places on employee input and the warm atmosphere her colleagues have brought to the business.

Yael grew up in the Hamilton area and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Her past experience includes work in child care, activity coordination, and event planning. Most recently, she managed shipping and receiving and marketing for a garden product distributer and retailer.

From a young age, Yael has loved singing and dancing. She has sung in a number of choirs and plays and danced in a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz and hip hop to ballet and musical theatre. More than anything, Yael enjoys spending time with her friends and family—whatever that may bring!

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December 1 Seminar- Leveraging Your SR&ED Application to Reduce Patent Application Costs

Exploiting synergies between SR&ED/IRAP and patent applications can save time and resources.

Many people don’t realize that significant parallels exist between what is required for a SRED/IRAP filing and for a patent filing. Join experts from Northbridge Consultants, a professional engineering firm and subject matter expert on government funding, and PCK, a leading boutique intellectual property firm, to find out how you can efficiently combine your SRED/IRAP and patent application processes.

The seminar will include a discussion about the requirements for the SRED and IRAP programs, about the fundamentals of intellectual property protection, and about how the application process for each filing can be combined into a single process, allowing you to coordinate actionable tasks with relevant time periods.


  • Introduction to government funding (SR&ED/IRAP)
  • Introduction to fundamentals of intellectual property protection
  • Explanation of how to process SR&ED applications in parallel with patent applications
  • Case studies (Using a SR&ED technical narrative to write a patent)
  • Discussion; questions and answers


Gerry Fung  CPA, CMA, P.Eng.
Vice President, Business Services at NorthBridge Consulting Services Inc.
Andrew Currier  BSEE, LL.B., P.Eng.
Co-Founder and CEO of PCK | Perry + Currier Inc. | Currier + Kao LLP


Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)


500-1300 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X3

Booking/ Registration:

Please RSVP online by December 1, 2016