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India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability - IC-IMPACTS

$13.8 million for 2012-17
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India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability

Number of partners
104

Partner contributions
$1.7 million

Headquarters
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

CEO and Scientific Director
Nemkumar Banthia Nemkumar Banthia

Board chair
The Hon. Roy MacLaren The Hon. Roy MacLaren,
Canadian Chairman, Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business, and Honourary Chairman, Canada-India Business Council

Canada and India share expertise to help local communities


The opportunity

Efforts to ensure the availability of safe drinking water, sustainable infrastructure and good public health practices are complex global issues that require multiple stakeholders and scientific disciplines to generate solutions that are cost-effective and sustainable. Canada and India share strong bilateral ties, including a well-established history of research collaborations. At the same time, India’s government has made public-private partnerships a priority to deal with an infrastructure deficit that compromises public health and economic growth. This opens opportunities for technology sharing, professional development and partnerships with Canada.

How IC-IMPACTS is seizing the opportunity

The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability and its partners are developing and implementing community-based solutions to meet the most urgent needs of Canada and India: poor water quality, unsafe and unsustainable infrastructure, and poor health from water-borne and infectious diseases. Under IC-IMPACTS’ leadership, researchers, industry innovators, community organizations and government agencies work collaboratively to develop and test local solutions that can be scaled up across India and Canada. The centre also provides training and professional development to address critical skills shortages.

Among the results

  • India’s Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology partnered with IC-IMPACTS to invest a total of $3.7 million to fund research projects addressing significant infrastructure and water sectors. Nine research projects addressing significant infrastructure and water for health challenges have been funded.
  • IC-IMPACTS substantially extended its research program and now supports 26 research projects that will create deployable, life-changing technologies in water quality, infrastructure safety, and public health for millions of individuals.
  • Pierre Berube and Madjid Mohseni of the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Lytton Creek First Nation, BiPure Water, Kerr Wood Leidel, and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, successfully deployed their water treatment technology in Lytton Creek First Nation leading to a permanent installation of the technology in the community. This community is no longer under a boil water advisory. The team’s technology is now being piloted on Texada Island and will move for a pilot in a second First Nations community and in a rural community in Thondebavi, Karnataka, India.
  • IC-IMPACTS held its inaugural Summer Institute in Optical Sensors in Toronto in June 2015, bringing 47 students from across Canada and India to interact with world experts in optical sensing technologies, develop entrepreneurship skills through training from the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto, and be exposed to hands-on innovators in industry and in applied research contexts.
  • IC-IMPACTS launched and completed the construction of an advanced pavements project in the Thondebavi Taluk, Karnataka. The new concrete pavement technologies utilize super-thin pavements, fibres, and novel mix designs to substantially reduce material requirements, improve durability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and extend lifespan by more than 15 years. This initiative is now scheduled for replication and further experimentation in two additional communities.
  • IC-IMPACTS has partnered with the Village of Thorsby, Alberta in a new initiative to evaluate water quality and assess the integrity of the water distribution system.
  • IC-IMPACTS has trained 327 students and professional practitioners; increased research collaborations to 128 research collaborations now activated by the Centre; produced 141 publications; and witnessed 12 patents being applied for or issued.

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News
October 27, 2016
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April 28, 2014
Events
January 18-29, 2017
Features
Bringing low-cost, long-lasting roads to India and Canada
November 17, 2016
Residents living in a rural village outside of Bengaluru, India can now get their produce to market year-round thanks to a Canadian innovation that could become the gold standard for future road construction. Read more
IC-IMPACTS Providing Clean Water to First Nations Communities
February 2, 2016
Over five million Canadians lack access to a reliable source of safe drinking water, many of whom live in rural or First Nations communities. An investigation published by CBC in October, 2015 revealed that two-thirds of all First Nations communities in Canada had experienced at least one water problem between 2004 and 2014. Read more
Tackling national challenges at the local level
April 17, 2014
The availability of safe drinking water, sustainable infrastructure and good public health practices are complex global issues that require multiple stakeholders and scientific disciplines to come up with solutions that are cost-effective and sustainable. Read more
Canada-India research centre builds healthier communities
January 30, 2013
Communities in Canada and India will be the first to try out new technologies related to water quality, infrastructure and public health, thanks to the new India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS). Read more
Videos
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New smart road technology connects rural communities
September 29, 2016
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IC-IMPACTS, Developing Green Concrete
April 24, 2014