How Can Canadian Businesses Innovate on a Global Scale?
Business Strategy

How Can Canadian Businesses Innovate on a Global Scale?

Recently, “innovation” has become one of the most popular buzzwords in Canadian business, politics, and the economy. While there are many definitions of innovation, it can simply be stated that innovation entails revolutions to make the subject matter faster, more efficiently, or simply better than previous version, sometimes creating a completely new product/technology category altogether….

How to Access the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform
Business Strategy

How to Access the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform

The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) is a Canadian research and development consortium that enhances the capabilities of academic and industry researchers through big data and smart computing analytics. Led by a selection of Ontario’s top academic institutions, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and IBM Canada, SOSCIP provides businesses an unparalleled access to…

Federal Budget 2016: A Shift in Government Funding Priorities
Government Funding

Federal Budget 2016: A Shift in Government Funding Priorities

As previously explored by a fellow Mentor Works team member, Alex Barlow, the Liberal Government presented their first budget, and with it has come significant reflection on the election campaign and the direction this government will take the country. Throughout the campaign and early days of his government, Prime Minister Trudeau made it clear that…

Mitacs Converge: SME & Post-Secondary Research and Development Funding
Government Funding

Mitacs Converge: SME & Post-Secondary Research and Development Funding

A recent investment of $1,562,000 from the Western Economic Diversification Canada has allowed for the creation of a pilot initiative called Mitacs Converge. Mitacs Converge will provide government grant funding to support research initiatives. Mitacs, which connects and nurtures partnerships between academic institutions, SMEs, and multi-national companies, has added Converge to their established list of…

Economic Action Plan 2015: What Your Business Needs to Know
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Economic Action Plan 2015: What Your Business Needs to Know

April 1st marked the first day of the Canadian government’s 2015 fiscal year and with it, came an update to the Economic Action Plan (EAP), an initiative to benefit Canadian businesses, families, and seniors. This article will focus on the business elements of EAP. The Canadian federal government created the Economic Action Plan in response…

Mitacs Elevate Government Funding for Postdoctoral Research & Development
Government Funding

Mitacs Elevate Government Funding for Postdoctoral Research & Development

Mitacs Elevate is a two-year collaborative R&D program that offers small and medium-sized businesses the opportunity to benefit from the work of postdoctoral fellows that choose to undertake an industrially relevant research project. In return, postdoctoral fellows receive experiential training in R&D directly through their industry-academic research collaboration as well as leadership training and business…

How to Qualify for Mitacs Accelerate Canadian Government Grants for R&D
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How to Qualify for Mitacs Accelerate Canadian Government Grants for R&D

Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization that supports collaborative research and development efforts between industry and academic partnerships. The Accelerate program is a 4-6 month internship program that provides an opportunity for businesses to access the skills and talent of a graduate student to work on solving a business problem.  Mitacs Accelerate R&D funding is…

Mitacs Elevate Research Grants to Hire PhD Fellows
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Mitacs Elevate Research Grants to Hire PhD Fellows

Mitacs, is a national non-profit organization, provides research and development funding support to develop industry and academic partnerships. Since 1999, Mitacs has provided over $52 million in funding to support their mandate. The Mitacs Elevate program provides an opportunity for industry partners to collaborate with a post doctorate student to work on a research project…

Mitacs Elevate Launches Calls for Proposals for Summer 2014
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Mitacs Elevate Launches Calls for Proposals for Summer 2014

The Mitacs Elevate Program supports postdoctoral fellows and Canadian companies & partners to collaborate on cutting-edge research projects and build capacity for the next generation of R&D management leaders. Mitacs Elevate Canadian Government Grants –Background Information The Mitacs Elevate Program began as a pilot program offered in southern Ontario beginning in 2009, and expanded nationally in…

Mitacs Accelerate Canadian Government Grants for R&D Support
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Mitacs Accelerate Canadian Government Grants for R&D Support

Would your small business benefit from some top-notch research support? Mitacs has announced a new funding program to support research and collaboration between academic and industry partners. The Mitacs Accelerate PhD program is focused on providing PhD students and industry partners with a longer term of 3 years to work together on a research project….