16,000 +

research and innovation projects funded


invested in 2019-20

$858M +

invested in the last 10 years


researchers in our network

6,000 +



post-secondary partners

6,000 +

international research internships

1,450 +

professional skills courses

22,000 +

training participants
Executive Leadership
Executive Leadership

Excellent innovation starts

with excellent leadership

Innovation excellence
demands exceptional leadership

SMEs looking to succeed in developing their innovation roadmap need strong leadership across the
C-suite level. Whether overseeing a specific division — finance, technology, human resources, or sales — or the organization as a whole, effective leaders are strategic thinkers responsible for handling myriad business challenges as they arise

From competing for specialized talent to meeting the demands of globalization, senior executives need strong leadership skills and a solid understanding of business fundamentals. But many Canadian SMEs — especially those in the start-up phase — lack the time, resources, and personnel to meet the challenges faced by game-changing innovators.

Turn your vision
into action with Mitacs

With more than 20 years of experience guiding executives in the innovation ecosystem, Mitacs helps SMEs quickly and easily find the talent and expertise they need. We match businesses with top-level talent — from college students to undergrads to graduates and postdoctoral fellows — from the best post-secondary institutions across Canada and from around the world. With the aid of Mitacs interns, executive-level teams are better equipped to drive the research and development that will allow them to achieve their business goals.

​How we help you
achieve your goals

  • A Business Development team of 80, embedded at Canadian post-secondary institutions, identifies the right expertise to address your business challenges
  • Help you recruit highly skilled talent
  • Leverage your budget: because you pay only 50% of the project cost, your money goes further
  • Tap into national research networks

Your key benefits

Leverage your R+D/Innovation budgets

We work with you to develop the scope and the roadmap of the project to achieve your goals

We provide you with access to expertise not available in-house

Success stories


Mitacs intern Sébastien Gamache helps technical consulting company Productique Québec and the Government of Quebec develop tools to support a digital strategy for manufacturers.
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With help from Mitacs research intern Betsy Brey, organizational development consultancy ODScore (now Pollinate) gains a new understanding of how companies can sustain long-term engagement amongst employees.
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So, what are you waiting for? 
Access the talent and resources you need.
Contact us

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