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Elevate Toronto Tech Festival

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NorthBridge Consultants is excited to be attending the 3-day Elevate Toronto tech festival which will showcase the best in Canadian innovation.

Elevate Toronto is the city’s newest technology innovation festival and, this year, will focus on disruptive technologies that are expected to change the way we live and work.

With over 100 impressive keynote speakers and numerous opportunities for curated high-value networking, the festival will feature leaders in Artificial Intelligence, fintech & blockchain, and much more.

The festival is expected to draw over 5000 attendees including founders looking to scale up, investors searching for the next great start up, talent searching for the next big opportunity, and corporate innovators looking for professional development and networking.

Elevate Toronto is a non-profit organization, in partnership with the City of Toronto, and is led by TechToronto, MaRS, #movethedial, OneEleven, Cossette Communications and the Spotlight Awards.

The rapid speed of innovation and the development of disruptive technologies over the past few decades has radically transformed the way businesses, individuals, and machines operate and interact. Thus, disruptive technologies have deeply permeated global markets and industry applications. CEO and co-founder of Elevate Toronto, Razor Suleman, believes that “It’s our time” as “startups and corporate leaders are aligning with the government’s innovation agenda creating the perfect circumstances for accelerated growth.”

Festival Schedule:

September 12: Elevate Main Stage & Elevate Celebrate
September 13: Elevate Educate & King West Social
September 14: NewCo Toronto & Spotlight Awards; Timmy Awards

Get your Tickets today!

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FABTECH Canada 2016: Canada’s Leading Exclusive Fabricating, Welding, Metal Forming and Finishing Event

As FABTECH Canada returns in 2016, on March 22-24th, don’t miss an opportunity to discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs, as well as to learn about the latest industry developments and network with some of the best minds in the manufacturing industry.

FABTECH Canada is a premier event that brings Canadian buyers and sellers together to share knowledge and build relationships with key decision makers.

2016 Show Dates:
March 22: 10am – 5pm
March 23: 10am – 6pm
March 24: 9am – 3pm

Location: The Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road. Toronto, ON M9W 1J1 (map)

First launched in 1981 with 161 exhibitors, FABTECH continues to grow as a world class platform for the exhibition of the latest manufacturing technologies and innovations. Since their expansion into Canada in 2012, FABTECH has been instrumental in supporting Canadian fabricating, metal forming, welding, finishing, and associated industries.

Delta, BC Government Funding Seminar a Success

NorthBridge would like to thank the attendees, the Delta Chamber of Commerce and the National Research Council (NRC) Concierge Service for helping make yesterday’s breakfast seminar a success!

Jaap Siekman, our Regional Manager of Western Canada, together with Erik Kaas, Innovation Advisor for the NRC Concierge Service, delivered an informative presentation on the multitude of government funding opportunities available to support growth and innovation within companies. Company representatives from various industry sectors were able to learn about the recent advancements in government funding programs, as well as develop an understanding of the programs that best fit their corporate needs and goals.

If you would like more information about what was discussed in the seminar or to hear about upcoming events, please contact us.

Upcoming Seminar in Delta, BC – Innovation Funding Programs for Growth-Oriented Companies

Please join us on January 27, 2016 at the Delta Town & Country Inn for a breakfast seminar on Government Funding for innovation presented by Northbridge Consultants and NRC-IRAP. This seminar will provide a unique opportunity for growth-oriented companies to network and learn from the experts about various tax credits, grants and loans for research, innovation and experimentation .

Time: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
7.30 am – Breakfast and networking
8.00 to 9:30 am – Presentation and Q&A

Location: Delta Town & Country Inn, 6005 Highway 17A (at Highway 99), Delta, BC (map)

Please register online by January 25th, 2016. (Registration is $15 and includes breakfast)

Synopsis: Each year the Canadian Government provides over $7 billion in innovation funding for small- and medium-sized businesses in various industries including but not limited to manufacturingdigital media, plastics and chemicalsfood processing, biotechnology, and aerospace.

Our Regional Manager for Western Canada, Jaap Siekman, will be hosting the seminar together with Erik Kaas, the Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC-IRAP) Concierge Service. Together, they will cover a range of government grants and funding programs including the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit Program and the Agri-Innovation Program among others.

Sourcing funding from multiple government programs to meet business goals and continually invest in innovation is essential to securing a competitive advantage and accelerating the growth of your business.

R&D Across Canada: 10 Quick Facts

1. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program dates back to as early as 1944, when companies could deduct 100% of eligible expenditures and a third of capital expenditures incurred for scientific research from their taxable income.

2. The Canadian government provides over $20 billion in the form of direct and indirect funding programs each year for increasing innovation and national competitiveness.

3. Canadian expenditure on industrial R&D, expressed as a share of GDP, is relatively low compared to other countries and is predominantly concentrated in several traditionally R&D-intensive industries, including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, information and communication technologies, oil and gas extraction, and scientific research and development services.

4. While several industries are at par with other countries in industrial R&D intensity, such as computer and communications equipment manufacturing, these industries constitute a smaller portion of the Canadian economy, thereby dragging down Canada’s overall industrial R&D intensity compared to other countries, such as the U.S.

5. Despite relatively low industrial R&D expenditures, Canadian firms repeatedly report high levels of innovation compared to other countries.

6. Canada has the 12th highest rate of patents granted in the world and is responsible for 1.1% of patents filed in Europe, Japan, and the United States.

7. Ontario accounts for the largest share of R&D in the ICT sector. Aerospace R&D is concentrated in Quebec, R&D in the oil and gas industry is predominantly concentrated in Alberta, British Columbia, and Atlantic Canada, whereas the majority of pharmaceutical R&D is performed in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.

8. Canadian companies are increasingly combining indirect funding from SR&ED with direct government funding programs, such as grants and loans, for business growth, continuing innovation, and workforce development.

9. Compared to other countries, Canadian industrial R&D is more labour intensive and less capital intensive.

10. Canada has several globally significant clusters of R&D-intensive firms as measured by number of patents granted. There are almost as many patents produced in the GTA as in Vancouver and Montreal combined. Furthermore, the number of patents per capita is highest in Ottawa and Waterloo.

Source: The state of Industrial R&D in Canada. Council of Canadian Academies, 2013

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