When small, medium-sized and large companies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations come together to generate bold ideas, Canadians benefit from more well-paying jobs, groundbreaking research and a world-leading innovation economy. That's why the Government of Canada is investing up to $950 million under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
The investment, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the private sector, is expected to create more than 50,000 middle-class jobs and grow Canada's economy by $50 billion over the next 10 years.
In 2017, the Government of Canada challenged Canadian businesses of all sizes to collaborate with other innovation actors, including post-secondary and research institutions, to propose bold and ambitious strategies that would transform regional economies and develop job-creating superclusters of innovation, like Silicon Valley.
Navdeep Bains, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced Canada's five superclusters:
- The Ocean Supercluster (based in Atlantic Canada) will use innovation to improve competitiveness in Canada's ocean-based industries, including fisheries, oil and gas, and clean energy;
- The SCALE.AI Supercluster (based in Quebec) will make Canada a world leading exporter by building intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics;
- The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster (based in Ontario) will connect Canada's technology strengths to the manufacturing industry to make Canada a world manufacturing leader in the economy of tomorrow;
- The Protein Industries Supercluster (based in the Prairies) will make Canada a leading source for plant proteins and help feed the world;
- The Digital Technology Supercluster (based in British Columbia) will use big data and digital technologies to unlock new potential in important sectors like healthcare, forestry, and manufacturing.
The Innovation Superclusters Initiative is a centrepiece of the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to prepare Canada for the innovative jobs of today and tomorrow.
"The government's investment in the Ocean Supercluster will position Canada as a global leader in the ocean economy of the future. It catalyzes unprecedented private investment in collaborative innovation across Canada's ocean sectors, including energy, food and bio products, shipping, defence, and ocean technology. This will kick start new partnerships, innovations, and economic opportunities." said Robert Orr, Managing Director, Cuna del Mar.
"SCALE.AI will build something unique: bolster Canada's leadership in AI and data science, and define the new supply-chain platform, deeply impacting the retail, manufacturing and transport sectors. SCALE.AI will drive economic growth, create highly-skilled jobs and boost our talent pool, putting AI at the service of all Canadians." said Louis Roy, President, Optel Group, and Hélène Desmarais, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, CEIM, Co-Presidents, SCALE.AI Supercluster.
"Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster represents over 200 member organizations, including large, medium and small enterprises as well as not-for-profit entities and post-secondary institutions. Leveraging the capability of Canada's world-leading broadband telecommunications networks, we will use advanced data collection, analytics and visualization in order to realize breakthroughs in sectors such as healthcare, natural resources and industrial applications. Our goal is to produce innovations that have tremendous local and global impacts." said Josh Blair, Chief Corporate Officer, Executive Vice President TELUS, founding member of Canada's Digital Technology Supercluste.r
The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, of which Myant is a substantial participant, was one of the 5 winners of the $950M Supercluster Funding.
"Myant is committed to supporting Canada in becoming the category leader and bringing new and advanced digital fabrication jobs to North America. We plan on continuing to lead this exciting new industry of Textile Computing and develop the digital factory of the future. Now more than ever we have the opportunity to democratize textile manufacturing, and open accessibility so that businesses, start-ups, innovators, scholars, medical research centres can start 'making' again and allow creativity and innovation to flourish, while keeping jobs and talent local. Thank you Minister Bains for your leadership and congratulations to all the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster members and supporters." said Tony Chahine, CEO of Myant.
Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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