Mitacs thanks Government of Canada for $13M budget investment to build a globally-competitive workforce


Vancouver, BC – March 21, 2013 – Mitacs commends the Government of Canada for new investments in skills training including $13M over two years for Mitacs Globalink, an international internship program.

This new funding will enable an expansion of Mitacs Globalink and provide international research internships in countries around the world to Canadian undergraduate students.

“For Canada to be a globally-competitive country, we must ensure that up-and-coming generations have a deep understanding of international research and innovation,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO & Scientific Director of Mitacs. “Providing our students with international experience now will lead to the creation of global innovation networks and cutting-edge companies in the future.”

Mitacs Globalink was established in 2009 to bring top, international undergraduate students for summer research internships at universities across the country. Globalink aims to brand Canada as a top research and education destination while creating pathways for the best and brightest innovators and entrepreneurs to come to Canada.

“The Government is acting to ensure that Canada has the skilled workforce required to promote economic growth and improve productivity,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO of Mitacs. “We look forward to working closely with our university, industry and government partners through Mitacs Globalink to help ensure that Canada is well-positioned globally.”

Mitacs is a national, private not-for-profit organization that develops the next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills through a suite of unique research and training programs, such as Mitacs-Accelerate, Elevate, Step, Enterprise and Globalink. In partnership with companies, government and universities, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’s most valuable resource – its people.

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Megan Airton-Cindric
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Mitacs Inc.
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