16,000 +

research and innovation projects funded

$858M +

invested in the last 10 years


invested in 2019-20


researchers in our network

6,000 +



post-secondary partners

6,000 +

international research internships

1,450 +

professional skills courses

22,000 +

training participants

Three big reasons your company needs a social scientist right now

Understanding what makes people tick is essential for successful innovators. Private sector businesses are hiring social scientists to boost creativity, productivity, and critical thinking across the board.

Megan Highet

Director, Research

As the Director of Research, Megan Highet is responsible for the team that ensures research and innovation projects submitted to Mitacs undergo a rigorous, fair, and timely review process. Megan values her training as an anthropologist as it taught her the skills required to integrate diverse perspectives and apply a systems-thinking approach to find solutions to problems that matter to people and their communities while working within Canada’s innovation ecosystem. Megan is passionate about supporting training and development opportunities for students in the Social Sciences and Humanities who are interested in pursuing careers beyond academia, because she knows that these disciplines have much to offer in not-for-profit, corporate, and industry settings. 

Megan holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, where she also completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Medicine and the School of Public Health. Prior to joining Mitacs in 2021, Megan led an applied research and implementation team focused on innovation in cancer prevention within Alberta Health Services.  

Organizations we have worked with

Unilever Logo

Government logos