Mitacs announces the launch of its Academic Partnership Strategy

Vancouver, B.C. – February 29, 2012 – Mitacs is formalizing the important role that Canada’s universities play in its programs by announcing the creation of an Academic Partnership Strategy. 

This new strategy will ensure that university objectives are accurately reflected in Mitacs strategies and that they have the opportunity to explore pilot programs and new initiatives of interest to both the academic and industry communities.  Universities will join the Full, Associate, Affiliate or Honorary partner level and experience differing levels of engagement with Mitacs.

Mitacs is a national not-for profit organization that offers a suite of research and training programs for students at Canadian universities. These programs, which compliment the university education and training, are designed to develop the next generation of Canadian innovators with vital scientific and business skills and connect Canada’s universities with companies, research organizations and international students and universities. Mitacs business development team works closely with universities to identify innovative research opportunities and partnerships for students and faculty.

“The University of Toronto is pleased to be an Academic Partner of Mitacs,” said Dr. Peter Lewis, Associate Vice President, Research of the University of Toronto. “Through this partnership, we are able to take part in new initiatives and innovative pilot programs of interest to our faculty, students and industry offered by Mitacs.”

“UBC has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Mitacs for many years, which has only been strengthened by our participation in the Academic Partnership Strategy,” said Dr. John Hepburn, Vice-President, Research and International at the University of British Columbia. “We look forward to working closely with Mitacs through its programs and new initiatives that will provide expanded opportunities for our faculty and students.”

“Canada’s universities play an important role in our strategic initiatives and we value their feedback immensely,” said Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs. “The Academic Partnership Strategy will encourage closer collaboration and ensure that Mitacs programs support the excellent teaching and research taking place in our post-secondary institutions.”

Currently, Mitacs counts the following universities as full, associate and affiliate partners: McGill University, McMaster University, Ryerson University, Simon Fraser University, Université de Montréal, Université INRS, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, Carleton University, Concordia University, Dalhousie University, École de Technologie Supérieure, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Queen’s University, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval, University of Guelph, University of New Brunswick, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, York University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and University of Lethbridge.

For more information about Mitacs Academic Partnership Strategy, contact Natasha Scollard at nscollard(at)