Mitacs releases Target 10,000: Talent, Ideas, Networks, a five-year strategic plan

Vancouver, BC — Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, has released a new five-year strategic plan. Target 10,000: Talent, Ideas, Networks follows an extensive engagement process with stakeholders in academia, industry, the not-for-profit sector, and government, and reflects Mitacs’ commitment to enhancing innovation in Canada.

As Canada’s university-based cooperative innovation platform — an approach that produces tangible outcomes for economic productivity — Mitacs aims to deliver 10,000 research internships annually by 2020, more than doubling current program delivery.

The strategic plan also commits to expanding Mitacs’ impact by focusing on three core principles:

  • Deploying talent in the Canadian economy through experiential skills development for Canadian innovators
  • Fostering the creation and application of ideas through cooperative research partnerships
  • Creating and promoting collaborative networks through partnerships between academia, industry, government, and other organizations in Canada and abroad


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Our strategic plan sets a bold vision to move Canadian innovation forward through collaborative research between Canadian universities and partner organizations. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in Canada and around the world to achieve this vision.”

Meric Gertler, President, University of Toronto

“The University of Toronto values its partnership with Mitacs enormously. It helps provide our students and postdoctoral fellows with the experience and connections they need to become Canadian and global innovation leaders. Mitacs’ new strategic plan opens an exciting chapter in a great success story, building the foundations of collaboration that are so vital to Canada’s long-term social and economic prosperity.”

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national not-for-profit organization led by Canadian universities that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 17 years.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.