Mitacs pre-budget submission outlines opportunities for R&D investment

VANCOUVER — In response to pre-budget consultations for the Government of Canada’s Budget 2015, Mitacs provided a submission that recognizes the critical links between skills training, research and development (R&D), and innovation.


Mitacs’s submission identifies areas where Canada can leverage its excellent research talent pool to improve innovation performance. Specifically, Mitacs makes recommendations to increase Canadian productivity and global competitiveness in three parts:

Mitacs and Inria foster international research collaborations

VANCOUVER — Mitacs and Inria formalized a partnership to support two-way international research opportunities for graduate researchers at Canadian universities and at eight Inria Research Centres in France.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Mitacs — a Canadian not-for-profit organization that connects university-based researchers with businesses and government — and Inria, the French research institution for computer science and applied mathematics.

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Proteocyte Diagnostics initiates a cost-effectiveness analysis with support from Mitacs

Toronto — Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc. of Toronto announced their collaboration with Mitacs Accelerate to conduct an economic evaluation of its predictive technology for the early detection of oral cancer.

Tunisia and Mitacs agree to foster international research exchanges

Ottawa — Tunisia and Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit research and training organization, signed a letter of intent with a view to working together in promoting research exchanges between the two countries.

Mitacs announces strategic R&D partnership initiative with universities in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario

Vancouver, BC – Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit  training and research organization, announced a set of strategic partnerships to fund the creation and training of four Business Development Specialist roles, based at University of British Columbia – Okanagan, University of Calgary, Carleton University and Western University, all with the mandate to advance key industry-academia research partnerships.

Government funding for B.C. researchers' business and science skills

VANCOUVER – The provincial government is providing $3 million to support cutting-edge research through Mitacs, a not-for-profit research and training organization, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

“The funding we are announcing today will help Mitacs support its trainees to further cultivate their business and scientific skills,” said Lake. “This will help them in developing innovative discoveries to assist us in delivering even higher quality care.”

Mitacs congratulates Dr. B. Mario Pinto on his appointment as President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Mitacs welcomes the appointment of Dr. B. Mario Pinto as the next president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

“We congratulate Dr. Pinto as he takes on the presidency at NSERC. His accomplishments in practical research along with his experience in innovation leadership will ensure the council continues its mandate to promote and assist research in Canada,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs.

Mitacs announces year-end highlights for fiscal year 2014

Vancouver, BC – Mitacs Inc., a national, not-for-profit organization that designs and delivers unique research and training programs, announced its year-end highlights today for the year ending, April 1, 2013–March 31, 2014.

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U of S, Indie Ink, local artist collaboration unveils “New Rockstar Philosophy” app at MoSo

Saskatoon, S.K., –  A how-to book for musicians and bands has been rendered into an interactive app with multi-media features thanks to collaboration among University of Saskatchewan software developers, a local street artist, and Saskatoon publishing house Indie Ink.

Canadian Light Source partners with Mitacs

Saskatoon, S.K., – The Canadian Light Source synchrotron has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that brings together academia, industry and the public sector, to develop cutting edge tools and technologies vital to Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

“We hope that this partnership will facilitate access to synchrotron research capacity for industry-academic collaborations,” said Jeff Cutler, CLS Director of Industrial Science, said, “We believe we can make valuable contributions to innovative research projects.”