VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 21, 2015) - Networks of Centres of Excellence

Three commercialization centres will receive additional support from the Government of Canada to continue their work in bringing telecommunications, environmental monitoring and micro-electronics products and technologies to market faster.

On behalf of the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, today announced that Wavefront will receive $8 million over five years to continue to accelerate the growth and success of companies in the area of wireless technology by connecting them with critical resources, partners and opportunities. Funding has also been awarded to: Leading Operational Observations and Knowledge for the North - LOOKNorth ($3.5 million over five years) and MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre - C2MI ($8 million over five years).

These investments are the result of the most recent competition in the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. CECRs match clusters of research expertise with the business community, facilitating the development of products and technologies at a stage in the commercialization process where it is difficult to attract private-sector investments.

Quick facts

  • CECR grants totalling $19.5 million over five years have been awarded to the following centres across Canada:
  • The CECR program currently funds 22 centres, working in areas that include information and communications technologies, health, natural resources and energy.
  • Created in 2007, the CECR program invests $30 million per year in Canadian innovation.
  • The updated science technology and innovation (ST&I) strategy, Seizing Canada's Moment, is a vision and a road map for strengthening Canada's position as a global leader in scientific research and harnessing greater Canadian research and development that creates jobs, increase prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians.
  • The CECR program corresponds to the innovation pillar of the renewed ST&I strategy by encouraging businesses to work with partners in the innovation system and to leverage the expertise of the research community to help them compete and win in the global marketplace.


"Our government is proud to support these outstanding centres, which are helping to bridge the challenging gap between innovation and commercialization. As a Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research, Wavefront supported successful Canadian wireless companies who create high-quality jobs and economic growth in Vancouver and Canada."

- Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver

"Under our government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, we are focused on harnessing Canadian science to boost business innovation. The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research are supporting competitive Canadian businesses to move ideas from the lab to the marketplace while creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians."

- Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology

"Our research ecosystem needs to be balanced in a way that supports the constant interchange between discovery and innovation. Commercialization centres satisfy a very specific need, by providing a solid connection between the ideas generated by foundational research and the expertise that can take the most promising ideas to the marketplace."

- B. Mario Pinto, President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Chair, Networks of Centres of Excellence

Steering Committee

"This CECR funding will help to Canada capitalize on the next wave of economic growth - one that is powered by mobile technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions. These disruptive technologies will deliver the same economic impact as steam and electric power during the industrial revolution. We will leverage this funding to expand our offering and further accelerate the commercial success of wireless firms in these global markets. This investment reinforces the Government of Canada's commitment to exploit the mobile revolution to fuel the prosperity of Canadians by delivering more than a billion dollars of economic impact over the 10 years of our CECR."

- James Maynard, President and CEO, Wavefront.

"Canada has been an early leader in the development and operational application of Earth observation technology. LOOKNorth helps to keep Canadian developers at the forefront of the EO industry, where they can help ensure that responsible development of Northern resources takes place."

- Bill Jefferies, Executive Director, LOOKNorth

"C2MI is proud to have contributed, since 2010, not only to the growth of the Canadian economy by developing new commercial products, but also in helping to promote recognition of Canadian expertise by addressing the challenges of a wide range of sectors where microelectronic systems are integrated. Our highly effective collaboration ecosystem is generating highly qualified jobs and opportunities for future generations of scientists as well as supporting the reputation of Canada as an innovative nation. We are extremely pleased that the Government of Canada recognizes C2MI's exceptional contribution by this additional funding that will allow us to position ourselves as an international innovation hub in microsystems technology and to continue working in synergy with Canadian SMEs and researchers."

- Normand Bourbonnais, President and CEO, C2MI

Associated links

CECR competition results

CECR program information

Currently funded CECRs

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The Networks of Centres of Excellence, which manages the CECR program, operates a suite of national funding programs on behalf of the three federal granting agencies-the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-in partnership with Industry Canada and Health Canada. NCE programs support large scale, multi-disciplinary collaborations between universities, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations, which focus Canada's research capacity on economic and social challenges, help commercialize and apply research breakthroughs, increase private-sector R&D, and train highly qualified people.

Contact Information:

Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)

Media Relations
Industry Canada

Martin Leroux
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council