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$950M in Funding Awarded to 5 High Tech Superclusters

Five winners of Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative have been announced to receive $950M over 5 years in non-repayable funding. While announcing the winners on February 15th 2018, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains described a supercluster as “a made-in-Canada Silicon Valley that will create tens of thousands of jobs”

The Canadian Government defines ‘Superclusters’ as dense areas of business activity where people with diverse skills work together, where companies large and small work with universities colleges, and technical schools and where people get inspired. These places create new business opportunities and middle class jobs that pay well.

Superclusters support innovation and boost the economy by advancing technological capabilities, attracting cutting edge research, investment and talent, helping companies succeed in the global market place, and building long term advantage and global recognition for Canada.

According to the Economic Development Minister, these superclusters will  “usher in an unprecedented era of innovation and progress.”

The winners of the Supercluster Initiative include: 

Supercluster Inititive Winner Regional Concentration  Job creation over 10 years   GDP impact over 10 years  Technology Focus  Applicant
Digital Technology Supercluster BC  >13,500 jobs  >$5B Virtual, mixed & augmented reality; data collection & analytics; quantum computing TELUS Communications Inc. along with >70 innovation partners
Protein Industries Supercluster Prairies  >4,500 jobs  >$4.5B Agri-food enabling technologies, including genomics, processing, & information technology (IT) Ag-West Bio Inc. along with >60 innovation partners
Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Ontario  >13,500 jobs  >$13.5B Internet of Things, machine learning, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing (3D printing) Communitech and MaRS Discovery District along with >100 innovation partners
AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) Quebec  >16,000 jobs  >$16.5B Artificial intelligence and supply chain technology Optel Group along with >80 innovation partners
Ocean Supercluster Atlantic Canada  >3,000 jobs  >$14B Digital sensors and monitoring, autonomous marine vehicles, energy generation, automation, marine biotechnology and marine engineering technologies Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador along with >25 innovation partners

 

Contact us today to find out how government funding for superclusters could impact your company and to learn about the various opportunities for growing your business.  

 

New $3B Canadian Agriculture Partnership Announced- Applications Now Open

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On February 13th, 2018, federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced six federal programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which is set to launch on April 1, 2018.

CAP is a five-year, $3 billion, federal-provincial-territorial agreement that will replace Growing Forward 2 (GF2).

GF2 currently includes AgriInnovation, AgriCompetitiveness and AgriMarketing. The new CAP will continue supporting these programs with AgriInnovation renamed to AgriInnovate, and include three additional programs; AgriDiversity, AgriAssurance and AgriScience.

According to MacAulay, “These initiatives will focus on priorities such as growing trade and expanding markets, innovation and sustainable growth of the sector, and supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector”

CAP will focus on three key areas:

  • Growing trade and expanding markets – $297 million.
    • Includes AgriMarketing ($121M) and AgriCompetitiveness ($20.5M).
  • Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector – $690 million.
    • Includes AgriScience ($338M) and AgriInnovate ($128M).
  • Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector – $166.5 million.
    • Includes AgriDiversity ($5M) and AgriAssurance ($74M).

Application forms and guides for federal programs under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership are now available. Applicants are encouraged to apply early!

NorthBridge Consultants has been assisting companies access government funding for over 25 years. As one of the largest independent government funding consulting firms in Canada, our objective is to maximize the government funding potential for your company. Contact us today to find out how much funding your company could receive.

Victoria, BC Lunch & Learn- Government Funding for R&D, Innovation and International Growth

There are many Government Funding programs available to assist Canadian businesses with expenses related to R&D, new product development, manufacturing process improvements, tapping into international markets and workforce development.

Join this lunch & learn to learn about some of these programs, how they fit in the difference stages of your corporate development, and also about the limitations of government funding and the need for alternate sources of working capital.

Some of the funding programs covered include:

  • SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development)
  • IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program)
  • SIF (Strategic Innovation Fund)
  • SDTC (Sustainable Development Technology Canada)
  • Growing Forward / Agri-Innovation
  • BCIP (Build in Canada Innovation Program)
  • Engage, CRD, Mitacs (grants for working with universities)
  • CanExport
  • Hiring & Training Grants

About the presenter:

Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP
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Jaap is the Regional Manager for NorthBridge Consultants. He educates start-ups and growing companies on Government Funding programs that support R&D and Innovation in Canada.

Jaap has ~28 years’ experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Development and Management in a variety of industries.

NorthBridge is a national consultancy firm, with offices in BC, Ontario and Quebec.

 

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Abbotsford Lunch & Learn- Government Funding for R&D, Innovation and Growth

There are many Government Funding programs available to assist Canadian businesses with expenses related to R&D, new product development, manufacturing process improvements, tapping into international markets and workforce development.

Join this lunch & learn to learn about some of these programs and how they fit in the difference phases of your corporate development.

The presentation is geared towards industrial type businesses that design or make any type of proprietary product such as equipment, parts, food, materials, including software.

Some of the funding programs covered include:

  • SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development)
  • IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program)
  • SIF (Strategic Innovation Fund)
  • SDTC (Sustainable Development Technology Canada)
  • Growing Forward / Agri-Innovation
  • BCIP (Build in Canada Innovation Program)
  • Engage, CRD, Mitacs (grants for working with universities)
  • CanExport
  • Hiring & Training Grants for technical personnel

Fees/Admission:

Members: $10
Non Members: $15
Prices are subject to GST

Includes Lunch!

Location:

Sevenoaks Boardroom
2nd Floor, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
32900 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC

Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
11:45 AM – Registration & Lunch
12:15 PM – Presentation
1:00 PM – Adjourn

About the presenter:

Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP
Jaap is the Regional Manager for NorthBridge Consultants. He educated start-ups and growing companies on Government Funding programs that support R&D and Innovation in Canada.
NorthBridge is a national consultancy firm, with offices in BC, ON and QC.

Jaap has ~28 years’ experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Development and Management in a variety of industries.

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Discover A New Landscape of Product Development in Additive Manufacturing

The Product Development Journey

Please join our Vice President of Business Services, Gerry Fung, as he will be speaking at this free educational and networking event organized by The Proto3000 Team.

Day 1 – Idea to Prototype (November 29th at 9AM to 12.30PM EST)

The tools and resources available to develop world class products have changed. Join us as we explore new 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies that can provide significant improvements to your product development workflow. On the first day of our 2-part seminar series we will focus in on how 3D printing and 3D scanning enables ‘prototyping’ to become ‘rapid prototyping’, greatly increasing the efficiency of design iterations and allowing you to significantly reduce the time and cost it takes to get to market. Additionally, we will take an in-depth look at materials to get the most out of your 3D printing technology and grants and payment programs that make bringing this technology in-house as affordable as possible. Get ready to transform the way you develop products.

Day 1 Agenda and Registration 

Day 2 – Prototype to Production (November 30th at 9AM to 12.30PM EST)

The tools and resources available to develop world class products have changed. Join us as we explore new 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies that can provide significant improvements to your product development workflow. On the second day of our 2-part seminar series we will focus in on how 3D printing and 3D scanning can reinvent manufacturing to be lean and agile, reduce tooling costs and risks while eliminating design constraints. Additionally, we will take an indepth look at materials to get the most out of your 3D printing technology and grants and payment programs that make bringing this technology in-house as affordable as possible. Get ready to tranform the way you develop products.

Day 2 Agenda and Registration 

Reasons to Attend

  • Develop a roadmap for integrating 3D printing and 3D scanning into your organization
  • Evaluate the appropriate technology for your unique needs
  • Learn about grants and payment programs that make the cost of acquisition more manageable
  • Explore different technologies, processes, and materials to gain a competitive advantage
  • Don’t just hear about the technology, see it in person with live demos
  • Leap over the final hurdles preventing you from bringing transformative product development technology in-house
  • Speak with industry-leading experts
  • Explore production applications; Jigs & Fixtures, Composite Tooling, Molds, Forming Tools, and Casting Masters
  • Reduce investment and part costs for manufacturers
  • Shrink cost and risk associated with traditional tool production
  • Maximize assembly line efficiency
  • Reduce the weight of production tools
  • Learn how to fast-track the stages of the product development process by utilizing 3D printing and 3D scanning
  • Enable design freedom within your organization to develop the products of tomorrow
  • Make prototyping more accessible and productive in your organization

Who Should Attend

  • Product Designers
  • Engineers
  • Industrial Designers
  • Directors of Engineering
  • Heads of Manufacturing Operations
  • Chief Technology Officers (CTOs)
  • VP Supply Chain
  • VP Manufacturing or Production
  • VP Design or Engineering
  • Business Owners

LOCATION:
Proto3000 Head Office
6260 Highway 7
Unit 8
Vaughan, Ontario L4H 4G3
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