Number of partners
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
CEO and Scientific Director
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
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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