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Vancouver, BC – Mitacs announced its year-end highlights today for the period ending March 31, 2018.
Last year, the organization delivered almost 8,000 internships to help reach its goal of 10,000 work-integrated placements by 2020–21. Of those, Mitacs supported 6,740 research internships with industry in Canada and 1,159 international research collaborations, representing $123.5 million in funding for building research innovation networks for the country’s businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
Mitacs partnered with the awardees of the Government of Canada’s $950M Innovation Superclusters Initiative. Mitacs will support all five superclusters from across the country — Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, Protein Industries Supercluster, Ocean Supercluster, SCALE.AI Supercluster, and Digital Technology Supercluster — by connecting partners within each and by supplying research talent.
Mitacs longitudinal studies with Accelerate supervisors and interns showed 66 percent of industry projects are being commercialized, 36 percent of the interns were hired by their partner companies, and 11 percent of interns started their own companies.
Mitacs celebrated its 5000th internship in Quebec with Humanitas Solutions, and David St-Onge, a robotics researcher at Polytechnique Montréal. His work allows field workers to pilot drones through unsafe zones to connect with people in remote locations.
Mitacs’s first-ever Chief Information Officer, Catherine Chick was appointed to oversee the information and communications technology (ICT) strategy and operations that are working to meet the demand of program growth, perform robust analyses of program outcomes, and provide timely and efficient reporting for stakeholders.
The annual Mitacs Awards was held in Ottawa to celebrate five researchers for their groundbreaking research on cancer cells, sleep patterns, counterterrorism, and oil recovery. Mitacs also recognized industry and research supervisors for their leadership and contributions to Canadian innovation.
Mitacs held the 2017 Entrepreneurship Awards in Toronto, honouring six program alumni whose entrepreneurial achievements demonstrate leadership and innovation in Canada. The award categories were Outstanding Entrepreneur, Global Impact, Social Entrepreneurship, Change Agent, and Next 150 Entrepreneur.
Building on the success of last year’s Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, Mitacs placed 21 faculty and postdoctoral researchers in nine Government of Canada departments and agencies and eight ministries of the Government of British Columbia. These fellowships, along with our Policy Hackathon, allowed for relationship-building between researchers and policy-makers and support evidence-informed policy development.
The Mitacs Board of Directors, which is made up of business and academic leaders, welcomed two new members:
By working closely with private, not-for-profit, and public-sector partners, Mitacs is increasing opportunities and capacity in Accelerate, Elevate, Globalink, and Canadian Science Policy Fellowship programs, as well as our Career Connect pilot and Indigenous Engagement strategy. These programs contribute to innovation and productivity in Canada and abroad.
Mitacs announced a new partnership with United Way locations across the country to study social inclusion in Canadian communities. The project is addressing themes including social isolation, access to services, strong neighbourhoods, diversity, and employment for excluded groups. Researchers will develop strategies to mitigate these issues, as they can have a lasting impact on employment and health outcomes.
Mitacs programs will be supported by the following federal and provincial investments:
Mitacs expanded the Globalink program into the US, the UK, and all members of the EU, and also signed two-way mobility agreements with the following organizations:
Mitacs receives ongoing funding support from the Government of Canada, as well as from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan.
 This number reflects ISED-reported units. It differs from financial statement performance due to the difference in reporting requirements for ISED terms and generally accepted accounting principles.
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