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Funding Webinar: Optimizing Returns from Multiple Government Funding Sources

We invite you to join us for our upcoming information session!

Domestic and international competition is forcing Canadian businesses to develop new or improved products, increase productivity and expand sales in global markets. Financing for innovation or growth has always been a challenge for many companies in Canada. Both the federal and provincial governments provide their financial support through over $20 billion in various funding programs each year. Sourcing funding from both SR&ED tax credits and other direct government incentive programs can give companies the edge they need to take their business to the next level.

WHEN: Thursday, November 26, 2015
WHERE: Online @ 11:00am EST

Learn About:

  • Types of government funding opportunities
  • Eligibility for financing, funding, and tax credits
  • Optimizing your returns from multiple government funding programs
  • Compliance issues between SR&ED and other government funding sources

Click here to register for this informative webinar!


Gerry Fung, CPA, CMA, P.Eng.
Group Manager, Business Services

Techtoberfest – Investment and Funding Opportunities for Startups

Communitech will be hosting its Techtoberfest 2015 event from October 13 – 14. This two-day conference is geared towards CEOs and founders of startups that are looking to learn more about investment opportunities. In addition to the multitude of presentations offered, this event is a great networking opportunity that will allow startups to connect with potential investors.

In the tech industry, Communitech is a well-established technological hub in the Waterloo Region that provides support to tech companies throughout all stages of business development. This means that emerging startups as well as large, globally competitive firms can receive support from Communitech.

Celebrate Modern Manufacturing on Manufacturing Day – October 2, 2015

October 2 marks this year’s Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. A collaboration between the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Manufacturing Day has been celebrated since 2012 and last year was made an officially recognized day in the United States by President Barack Obama.

Manufacturing Day looks to address misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show young people and the public just what manufacturing entails. In this way, the industry looks to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers while also uniting manufacturers who share common concerns and face similar challenges. This year, 2,186 events will be held across North America, including 26 in Canada. Goals for the day include addressing the shortage of skilled labour facing the industry, connecting with potential future generations of manufacturers, managing the public image of manufacturing, and ensuring that the industry continues to prosper.

NorthBridge is proud to celebrate manufacturing day alongside our many clients in manufacturing. Looking to participate in the festivities? Find an event near you!

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Upcoming Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show

The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) will open its doors from September 28 – October 1 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. As Canada’s largest manufacturing trade show, CMTS boasts more than 3,000,000 lb of manufacturing equipment and over 700 suppliers of business solutions and technologies demonstrating live, working equipment.

CMTS provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to see new products demonstrated live, learn about the new technologies that back them, and compare technologies side-by-side to see which opportunities best fit their businesses. From September 29-30, the event will also feature the RAPID Canada Conference and Pavilion, a comprehensive forum for the exchange of information related to the advances in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and 3D scanning.

Last year’s event was attended by more than 8,000 manufacturing professionals looking to source the latest in machine tools, metalworking, tooling, forming, fabricating, 3D printing, automation, and design from suppliers demonstrating more than 200 new products. Advancements throughout these industries and others are partially funded through the Canadian Federal government’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program, which provides tax rebates for costs incurred in the development of new products and processes. Interested in the SR&ED program? Please contact us.

Learn From The Experts: Government Funding Seminar in Abbotsford, BC

Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from the experts about how different government funding programs can help you realize and accelerate your corporate goals. Register today to attend a free breakfast seminar on government funding and learn about funding opportunities to support growth, investment in innovation, and workforce development.

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:30 am — Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am — Presentation and Q&A

Location: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor Boardroom.
32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC (Enter by Chatters and Walk left)

Presenters:  Jaap Siekman, NorthBridge Consultants Regional Manager for Western Canada, and Erik Kaas, Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada Concierge Service.

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The seminar will cover a range of topics including:

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