The objective of this project is to create a prototype of a portable External Universal Digital control device using existing technology from EmersonGrow EGX7, the first fully digital LED Grow light. This smart device enables users to control any compatible grow light digitally, including colour, intensity, create stages and light recipe, users can also upload, download and share with other growers worldwide. With the increased popularity and demand, we foresee that we will have increase in revenue and international growth with foreign purchases.
Many young artists dream of working in animation, bringing to life beloved characters that children all over the world watch every day. But following that dream is not as easy as it might seem. Breaking into the world of animation requires connections to the industry that not every young artist possesses.
21-year-old Emily Carr University animation student Lia Fabre-Dimsdale wasn’t expecting to find a summer job opportunity working in an animation studio, despite her aspirations in the field.
Vancouver, BC – Mitacs is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program is connecting students from academic institutions across the country with businesses as the post-COVID-19 economic recovery begins in earnest.
When Lia Fabre-Dimsdale, a member of the Liidlii Kue Frist Nation, landed an internship with Atomic Cartoons, the production company that creates the award-winning animated PBS Kids series Molly of Denali, she said it was a “dream opportunity.”
Some top-notch talent is helping London-area businesses better navigate the near-constant chaos and interruptions caused by COVID-19.
Students from Western University’s Ivey Business School are joining other business school interns across Canada to help employers manage and even expand their pandemic–ravaged businesses through a first-of-its-kind program backed by Vancouver-based Mitacs.
All submitted Business Strategy Internship (BSI) applications are reviewed for project quality, eligibility, and completeness. You will be notified by Mitacs if your application is ineligible or incomplete within four weeks of submitting your application. Please refer to the submission checklist below for more information.
Mitacs will also assess the benefits of the proposed activity in terms of the economic and societal impact of the project; the development and deployment of talent; and the establishment and support of collaborations. A project does not need to demonstrate benefits under every category (project, talent, and collaboration) since a weakness in one category can be compensated by strengths in another. However, projects that demonstrate little or no benefit across all categories will not be approved by Mitacs.
In addition to assessing the benefits of a project, each project will also be reviewed to ensure that it does not pose any unmanageable risks in the categories of feasibility, loss of talent or international assets from Canada, economic and national security risks, and adverse effects on humans, animals, and/or the environment. Projects involving high risk must demonstrate correspondingly high benefits to Canada and appropriate risk mitigation measures to justify approval by Mitacs.
While the selection process is not currently competitive, if funding does become limited, Mitacs will prioritize approval based of the potential cumulative benefits on the proposed activity.
Currently, due to high demand, Mitacs can only accept applications to the BSI program in the following provinces and territory:
Prince Edward Island
Requirements for all projects
The description of the why (background), the what (objectives), the how (approach), and the when (timeline with deliverables)
Requirements for all collaborations
Objectives must be aligned with the knowledge, skills, expertise and needs of all involved.
Each party’s roles and responsibilities must be clear to all signatories on the application.
Each party’s expectations on deliverables, priorities, and time sensitivities must be clear to all signatories on the application.
Agreement on intellectual property rights, ownership, and royalties must be clear to all signatories on the application.
Requirements for all internships
A structure is in place to provide academic support that is appropriate to the level of the intern(s).
There must be sufficient support / supervision from the internship host.
There must be sufficient capacity at the internship host to manage the planned number of interns.
Requirements for all projects involving Indigenous peoples or communities
These must have the support of the affected communities and those who have rights or a stake in the endeavor.
Indigenous communities should have been involved in shaping the project from inception, and Elders and Knowledge holders should have been directly engaged.
There must be clear agreement on Indigenous communities’ access, use, and governance of resulting knowledge and data.
The project team must demonstrate the capacity to engage with Indigenous communities or partners in line with appropriate guidelines, principles, and policies. For more information please refer to our Indigenous Research Guidelines.
Examples of how a project can demonstrate the potential for economic and societal impact include, but are not limited to:
creating or commercializing Canadian technology / intellectual property
discovering new and broadly applicable knowledge
enhancing Canadian productivity by developing new and improved processes
supporting the entry of Canadian businesses into new domestic / international markets
developing new business models for Canadian companies
improving public services (e.g. transportation infrastructure, utilities, healthcare) in Canada
contributing new solutions to community challenges in Canada
addressing social or environmental issues important to Canadian society
advancing new approaches to include under-represented groups in the knowledge economy
working towards a more equal and equitable Canada
implementing evidence-informed strategies to address a specific challenge
Examples of how a project can demonstrate the potential for supporting the development of a talented and skilled population include, but are not limited to:
interns gaining specialized technical skills through access to and training on the use of specialized equipment and facilities
training interns in research skills
training interns in interdisciplinary teamwork
training interns in community-based methodologies
training interns in entrepreneurial / professional skills through structured activities
creating opportunities for interns to apply their knowledge / skills and solve industry / real-world problems
re-skilling / up-skilling interns to pursue new and emerging opportunities in Canada
placing interns in positions (at Canadian companies or organizations) appropriate to their training / skills
interns being introduced to new professional experiences / environments / contacts / networks in Canada
supporting individuals from under-represented groups in the knowledge economy
Examples of how a project can demonstrate the anticipated benefits associated with collaboration include, but are not limited to:
bringing people together to solve problems though complementary skills and expertise
sharing access to data, facilities, instruments for mutual benefit
exchanging knowledge among academia, industry, communities
moving tacit knowledge into practice through interdisciplinary teamwork
supporting long-term relationships among academia, industry, communities
establishing new collaborations among academia, industry, communities
attracting foreign investment, talent, and innovative companies to Canada
creating partnerships with communities that are under-represented in the knowledge economy
linking Canadian researchers to prominent research groups globally
As a Mitacs participant, you must review the Participant Expectations found on our website. Additionally, participants in the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program have the following roles and responsibilities.
The intern leads the project from application to execution.
The intern is responsible for:
co-designing a four-month project in collaboration with their academic supervisor and a partner organization
Projects can be extended to up to six months to provide flexibility for the intern’s other priorities.
submitting the project proposal through the RAP
signing off on the project proposal
obtaining signatures from the other participants at the end of the RAP application process, including the academic supervisor, partner organization, and the Office of Research Services or equivalent office at their academic institution
meeting weekly with both their academic supervisor and partner organization supervisor(s) to discuss their progress
delivering a final presentation to their academic supervisor and/or partner organization
completing a Mitacs Exit Survey to report on their project experience
The academic supervisor provides oversight and support to the intern over the course of the project.
The academic supervisor is responsible for:
supervising the intern throughout the project, including regular check-in meetings
ensuring that the intern has the necessary support throughout the project, either through one-on-one support, or by designating a co-supervisor who will interact with the intern on a regular basis
submitting their contact information through the RAP as part of the application process
signing off on the project proposal
completing a Mitacs Exit Survey
The partner organization provides guidance and mentorship to the intern throughout the project.
The partner organization is responsible for:
providing $5,000 or $7,500 in funding prior to the project start date
Funding required depends on which funding model is chosen.
working with the intern to develop an innovative project that responds to current business needs
submitting their contact information including invoicing information through he RAP as part of the application process
signing off on the project proposal
completing a Mitacs Exit Survey
The academic institution acts as a partner in program promotion and delivery.
ensuring that project funds are paid out to the intern in a timely manner according to the individual institution’s policies and processes
completing and returning the Mitacs Financial Report once all project funds have been paid out
Mitacs is responsible for:
reviewing all submitted project proposals for eligibility and completeness, as well as adjudicating projects to ensure quality
Project selection criteria can be found in the application template as well as in the Adjudication section above.
invoicing the partner organization and managing the flow of funds to the academic institution who will pay the funds to the intern
providing participants with an Outcome Letter and an Award Letter confirming acceptance to the program, project start dates, and the funding amount
*Important Note *
Projects should not start until the academic institution has received the funds from Mitacs and has made arrangements to pay the intern. Interns that start prior to receiving the funds do so at their own risk.
In rare circumstances, a participant may need to cancel their project. If all parties are in agreement, a project or individual internship may be terminated. If one party wants to cancel the internship without the other parties’ agreement, they must first notify them in writing and allow 30 days for resolution of outstanding issues. Any funds remaining after a cancelled internship must be returned to Mitacs.
Business Strategy Internship (BSI) interns are not allowed have any position of ownership, employment, or influence over the daily operations at the partner organization. BSI interns with close family relationships or intimate relationships with academic supervisors or employees of the partner organization are also not allowed.
Any other COIs (for example, those involving the academic supervisor and the partner organization) must be disclosed to Mitacs during the application process and will be reviewed by Mitacs’s COI committee. Please consult the Mitacs Conflict of Interest Policy for more information.
If a COI exists, we suggest that you contact a the Business Development representative for your region prior to starting an application to ensure that you are eligible to participate in the program.
Information supplied as part of an application to the BSI program will be made available to Mitacs staff responsible for reviewing the application, administering, and monitoring the program, compiling statistics, and evaluating the program.
For all other Mitacs Corporate and Program Policies, please click here: Policies | Mitacs.
Mitacs takes no position on intellectual property. All parties involved with Mitacs Business Strategy Internship are bound by the standard intellectual property (IP) terms of the academic institution where the intern is registered except where intellectual property is covered by separate agreements to which the academic institution and the partner organization are parties and which are active during the dates of the internship. When you apply to the BSI program and sign off on the application, you are acknowledging that you agree to the terms of the academic institution where the intern is registered. For any university-specific IP policies, please see the list below.
Ottawa, ON — Today the Government of Canada announced a $40 million investment in the future of Canadian innovation that will support students through Mitacs internships. The funding will provide 5,000 new internship opportunities for college and university students across Canada.