Tracking seafood from fish harvesters to consumers

Having developed key relationships and a trail platform with the seafood industry across the country, Ecotrust Canada was ready to launch Thisfish as a full, social-purpose venture. Simon Fraser University student George Chatzivasileiou undertook a Mitacs Accelerate internship to conduct industry research and contributing to key aspects of the business plan.

Mitacs collaborates with research partners to investigate innovative therapies

Every year, thousands of Canadian children are diagnosed with, or treated for, brain disorders such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and cerebral palsy. As a national scientific research network, NeuroDevNet has dedicated its mission towards finding the root causes of these disorders. 

Mitacs Accelerate intern models success for her future

Through a Mitacs Accelerate internship at the end of her Masters at Simon Fraser University, Vivien Lo was asked to  develop a cost-benefit model for their technology— a challenge which landed her a job with the company full-time.

Having already completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Cellular Biology, Vivien found herself craving an entry into industry. This led her to SFU’s 2-year Masters of Business Administration for the Management of Technology (MBAMOT) program where she was awarded a Mitacs Accelerate internship for a graduating final project in the fall of 2011. 

Step student making a difference in cancer research

After completing his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Tehran, then working at a car manufacturing company, the loss of a close family member to cancer changed his goals for the future. He set his sights on biotechnology at the University of British Columbia. Ahmadi initially thought this meant a career destined for academia, but since attending eight Mitacs Step workshops he says “My eyes were opened to the opportunities outside of academia and I started to think about my career differently.”

Where are they now? Former intern leads a new generation

Christina’s Accelerate project, under the supervision of Dr. Danielle Marceau and Dr. Marco Musiani, developed a computer model to assess the impact of natural resource development on Alberta’s caribou population. With nearly two years of research experience on the project, Christina gained a first-hand understanding of the working climate for resource-extraction companies.

The Mitacs Step Experience

What makes Mitacs Step workshops such crowd pleasers? From professors to participants its rave reviews all around.  I sat in on a workshop to see, first-hand, what sets these workshops apart.

On the Mitacs website, the Step page has a listing of workshops offered throughout Canada covering a range of essential business skills sure to enhance future careers. Armed with some reviews and insights into the Mitacs Step program, I settled on Practice Your Presentation Skills I.

Alumnus now looking to make new participants benefit from Mitacs experience

The five possible projects for Mitacs internships are still going through a final review by Blackbox management before being submitted to Mitacs for approval, Gedamu says, but will likely be offered fairly soon for interns through the Mitacs Accelerate internship program. A little further down the road, Gedamu says, there may even be a few more internship projects in the field of Electrical engineering, although those plans have yet to be finalized.

Elevating the interplay of art and science

Peter is currently in the final year of his Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University. Supported by his industrial partner, Sentinelle Medical, Inc. (a Hologic company), he is focused on clinical applications of combined MRI and ultrasound for improving diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

At the heart of the Quartier des spectacles’ projections

The company which conceives, produces and communicates commercial, event-related, museum-based and artistic experiences to touch, amaze and surprise, specializes in the production and projection of living imagery and soundscapes feels inspired by the possibilities the newly implanted art-and-culture dedicated architectural space at the heart of Montréal’s downtown core, and hopes to showcase its world-renowned know-how there, as it does at New York’s Metropolitan Opera where it is responsible for the scene effects in Robert Lepage’s production of Wagner’s cycle, or by making sparks fly unde

Outstanding young researchers honoured at Mitacs' inaugural awards ceremony

The inaugural Mitacs Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday evening to recognize the amazing contributions young researchers participating in Mitacs programs aimed at fostering research and innovation, as well as forging stronger bonds between academia and businesses across Canada.

Following a keynote speech by the Minister of State for Science and Technology, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Mitacs highlighted and rewarded five of the most meritorious among the hundreds of young researchers who take part in its programs each year.

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