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Connecting with Canada’s Innovation Community

As a focal point of Canada’s dynamic innovation community, the Canadian Innovation Centre is connected to many organizations across the country and beyond.  Each of our Innovation Partners compliments the resources of the Canadian Innovation Centre, bringing to the table additional services, information, intellectual property and networks.


MaRS Discovery District is a not-for-profit corporation founded in Toronto in 2000. Its stated goal is to commercialize publicly funded medical research and other technologies with the help of local private enterprises and as such is a public-private partnership. As part of its mission MaRS helps create successful global businesses from Canada’s science, technology and social innovation.


Service Canada is the place where Canadians go—whether online, by phone, or in person—to access the programs, services, and benefits they need from the Government of Canada and its many partners.

Located in the heart of Waterloo, the Accelerator Centre (AC) is a world-renowned centre for the cultivation of technology entrepreneurship, dedicated to accelerating the creation, growth, and maturation of sustainable new technology companies.Atlantic Opportunity Agency

Located in the heart of Waterloo, the Accelerator Centre (AC) is a world-renowned centre for the cultivation of technology entrepreneurship, dedicated to accelerating the creation, growth, and maturation of sustainable new technology companies.


The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works with business and communities to make Atlantic Canada’s economy more innovative, productive and competitive. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.


Since 1998, the BACD had developed small businesses and facilitated entrepreneurship. it offer services to all 8 municipalities within Durham Region. Operating as a not-for-profit organization they are able to partner with key professionals who can respond to the unique challenges of small businesses in many sectors.


BioNova has developed a searchable database of government funding programs for their members. The database is updated regularly to reflect changes in existing programs and add new information as it becomes available.


The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) grows the revenues of its members by creating a collaborative edge — a chain of expanding value that ripples across Canada’s Innovators, Commercializers, Users, and Professionals.


The Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDC) is a network of autonomous, not-for-profit organizations that work all levels of government and the private sector to meet the needs of small business. CBDCs have been in operation for over 30 years.


Canada Business Network’s goal is to provide your business with the resources it needs to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations. Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada.


Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovation, creating economic prosperity by removing barriers to the creation and growth of technology companies. Communitech’s goal is to create more successful global businesses for Canada.


Community Futures are Community Futures Development Corporations and Community Business Development Corporations (CFDCs/CBDCs) that provide their communities with a variety of services including business development loans, technical support, training and information. In addition to the business development component, CFDCs/CBDCs involve themselves in a wide array of community initiatives, including strategic planning processes, research and feasibility studies, and the implementation of a diverse range of community economic development (CED) projects.


The CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, was founded in 1974 and is the sole national representative of Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry. Its over 1800 members are firms and organizations which manage the majority of Canada’s pools of capital designated to be committed to venture capital and private equity investments. CVCA members’ collectively manage over $75 billion.


FedNor is federal regional development organization in Ontario that works with a variety of partners, as both a facilitator and catalyst, to help create an environment in which communities can thrive, business can grow and people can prosper.


FITT is committed to developing and providing quality programs and professional certification in international trade designed to prepare businesses and individuals to compete successfully in world markets.


GoForth Institute is a private, nationwide institute dedicated to excellence in entrepreneurial education. As the only centre of its kind in Canada, GoForth Institute provides effective, relevant and timely education and ongoing support during venture start-up and growth. Near the end of 2011, GoForth will also provide the education in French. GoForth Institute was founded in 2009 by Dr. Leslie Roberts, a veteran entrepreneur and established leader in entrepreneurship education and research. Dr. Roberts stars on BNN’s popular series The Pitch as an expert panelist on a monthly basis.


The Health Technology Exchange (HTX) supports and accelerates the growth of the dynamic Medical and Assistive Technology (MAT) sector in Ontario, and nationally. HTX provides Funding, Knowledge Brokering, and Linkages to facilitate Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) collaboration with public research institutions for development and commercialization of innovative MAT products.

other-innovationmanagement-72dpi90mm offers best practice and inspiration to innovation practitioners. Their weekly newsletter and quarterly business magazine packages the knowledge and inspiration you need to stimulate innovation culture. They source and provide knowledge in collaboration with experts in the field of innovation management from leading business schools, companies and universities worldwide.


Kangaroo Design & Innovation helps its clients and partners to develop and commercialize innovations, technologies and medical devices into viable products and investment worthy businesses.


MEDEC is the national association created by and for the Canadian medical technology industry. MEDEC is the primary source for advocacy, information and education on the medical technology industry for members, the greater healthcare community, industry partners and the general public. MEDEC’s goals are to advance health outcomes for patients in Canada and the growth and vibrancy of the industry in Canada. They focus on ensuring access to proven, safe technology and new, innovative medical technology developed by their member companies


The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and development. It has been active since 1916.


Northern Ontario Enterprise Gateway (NOEG) is the premier organization in the North created to stimulate increased investment by Northern Ontario investors into Northern Ontario companies. This is accomplished by improving the flow of investment capital and management expertise into high-growth potential northern companies through the creation of angel investor groups.


The Innovation Centre acts as a pivotal player in growing Northwestern Ontario’s innovation capacity. We offer support to innovate entrepreneurs, businesses, and community projects in the region of Northwestern Ontario. In addition, the Centre seeks out new approaches to improve, enhance and invigorate a commercialization system in their region. By encouraging ongoing cooperation between business, education and government, the Centre is a driving force to improve economic vitality


OCRI (Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation) is Ottawa’s lead economic development corporation – bringing business, education and research together to help local technology companies thrive locally and compete globally


The Government of Prince Edward Island has unveiled a new five-year economic development strategy focusing on investments in people, innovation, and infrastructure. The strategy, entitled Island Prosperity: A Focus for Change, will lead to a stronger, more prosperous economy by highlighting four innovation based priority sectors – aerospace, bioscience, information technology, and renewable energy.


The RIC Centre is an innovation partner that helps as you take your technical innovation from a concept to the marketplace. RIC helps its clients navigate the business and government worlds so clients can determine the best channel to advance their innovation. From research to innovation to commercialization, RIC facilitates entrepreneurs, researchers and small to medium sized enterprises with the knowledge, resources, tools and connections they need to accelerate their promising innovations to market in the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, life sciences and emerging technology sectors.


Springboard Atlantic is a network with a mandate to support the commercialization of research in Atlantic Canada. They provide resources to Atlantic Canada universities and colleges to encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector. As of April 1, 2008, their members are fourteen of the universities in Atlantic Canada plus the four provincial community colleges.


Sprouter facilitates networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs globally. Providing a platform for users to connect with other innovators, entrepreneurs can expand their networks to include fellow entrepreneurs and startups with similar interests and goals. By answering the question “What are you working on?” in 140 characters or less entrepreneurs can discover and join events in their local areas, start discussions and follow topics of relevance to their business.


The Technology Marketing Resource Centre (TMRC) helps young and mid-size Canadian technology companies generate exceptional growth. Their business strategy and marketing consulting services can help clients tap their potential through highly effective marketing strategies and programs.


Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western innovation, business development and entrepreneurship, and community economic development. They’re building a stronger West in a stronger Canada.


Young Inventors International Inc. (YII) is a not-for-profit organization that helps engineering and science university students develop skills and networks to bring new ideas to the market. Their 2,000 members hold almost 700 patents and 70% of the students are in the process of building a start-up venture. They provide their members with interactive online and offline events, connections to media exposure and extensive networks.

Talk to one of our advisors about your specific needs!

The Canadian Innovation Centre has a wide range of services to help entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors transform their ideas into reality.