OTTAWA, November 18, 2014 —More than 60 people came out last night to find out how businesses are turning to university and college researchers to help them innovate. The Parliament Hill reception, Connecting Business with Research, was co-hosted by R&D proponent, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie and Dr. Gilles Patry, president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
Senators, Members of Parliament, political staff and leaders from the country’s research funding community had the opportunity to discuss the research taking place in CFI-funded facilities that is benefiting industry sectors ranging from sustainable energy and aerospace engineering to pharmaceuticals and small business.
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The facilities where these cutting-edge collaborations are happening are all listed on the CFI’s Research Facilities Navigator, an online database of labs and facilities at universities, colleges and research hospitals that are open to working with business, and where businesses can locate the research infrastructure and expertise they need to develop or improve products and services.
The researchers and industry partners in attendance:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sukhdeep Bansal, Senior Research & Development Scientist, Applied Research Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
Chris Kinasewich, President, VEK Environmental
Donald Allard, Director, Public policies and Quebec affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Fredericton, New Brunswick
John Coll, Principal Engineering Specialist, Bombardier Aerospace