Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada
Government of Canada

2016 HIGHLIGHTS
TURNING WHAT IFS...
INTO SOLUTIONS

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Canada has the scientific expertise to solve many of the challenges facing our country.

We also have a proven model for connecting that knowledge, skills and experience—wherever it may be—and putting it to work on the ‘what ifs…’ that matter most to Canadians. The NCE funds more than 40 research networks, commercialization centres and knowledge mobilization networks focussed on doing exactly that.

Our networks and centres draw on the thousands of researchers and students in our universities, colleges and polytechnics, and connect them to companies that need innovative solutions to compete and grow, and to grassroots organizations and decision-makers who need evidence-based solutions to build healthier, safer and more sustainable communities.

What our stakeholders and partners like about the NCE:

  • Access the best talent and resources
  • Field-test ideas under real conditions
  • De-risk technology for investors
  • Shrink the gap between academia and front line practice
  • Protect intellectual property
  • Verify market potential
  • Access critical R&D funding and mentoring
Matching companies with top talent

Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with NCE experience are among the best trained and most job-ready employees anywhere. They participate in research with real-world applications. They understand industry priorities and timelines. They work in large teams, often with end users and colleagues from other scientific, technical and business fields.

And, most importantly, they know how to get results!

What if... youth didn’t choose radicalization?
Grassroots groups from across Canada have begun sharing their most effective tactics for steering youth away from violent extremism. Read More
What if... our children received better emergency care?
Up to 85% of children who need emergency care in Canada are treated in general hospital emergency rooms whose staff may lack specialized pediatric training or easy access to evidence-based resources —but not for much longer. Read More
What if... everyone chose to practise safe surfing?
Canadian libraries are gearing up to help seniors and youth protect themselves against viruses, phishing and other cybersecurity threats. Read More
What if... airplane electronics could be manufactured lead-free?
A Canadian-led research effort is first out of the gate with solutions that will help Canadian suppliers meet new environmental standards restricting the aerospace industry’s use of lead in electronic circuit boards. Read More
What if... patients helped guide dementia research?
In 2007 at the age of 58, Jim Mann was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Read More
What if... harsh offshore environments could be navigated more safely?
The unique environmental conditions that exist in cold ocean regions can present special challenges to offshore exploration and development. Read More
What if... high school students learned about emerging jobs in health research?
Teachers are working alongside scientists in the lab to develop classroom material that will introduce high school students to new career opportunities in the emerging field of glycomics. Read More
Helping companies grow

Prosperity depends on having an innovative private sector that invests in activities that make companies more productive and more competitive. The NCE’s strategic support of incubators, accelerators and other business-building initiatives helps companies convert knowledge into new products and processes that generate jobs, new global markets and wealth.

What if... gas pipelines were safer?
Monitoring Canada’s vast network of more than 242,000 km of gas pipelines, and much more globally, is about to get easier and less expensive. Read More
What if... mines were free of diesel exhaust?
Industrial Fabrication Inc.’s new battery-powered electric vehicle that bolsters the business case for deep underground mining, while creating a cleaner and healthier environment for miners, will hit the market in 2018. Read More
What if... the right business approach could speed up development of cancer treatments?
A Canadian technology that could outsmart cancer has scored a major investment from Roche, a pharmaceutical giant with more than 600 employees in Canada and over 90,000 globally. Read More
What if... international partnerships could help expand homegrown biotech companies?
The CQDM research consortium recently partnered with Germany and Belgium as part of a Canada-Europe initiative to accelerate the development of new drugs and open new markets for homegrown biotechnology companies. Read More
What if... breakthrough water treatment tech gets the right support to grow a company in Canada?
Forward Water Technologies is taking advantage of a novel commercialization approach pioneered by GreenCentre Canada that has cut two years off its development cycle and saved at least $2.5 million in research costs. Read More
Solutions grounded in evidence and collaboration

Two of Canada’s greatest science, technology and innovation advantages are its knowledge and talent. The NCE brings together the creativeness and inventiveness of health, natural and social scientists and engineers to create a critical mass of expertise focusing on specific challenges. The NCE connects these knowledge makers with knowledge users to accelerate the creation and application of proven solutions.

What if... an eye test could screen babies for FASD?
NeuroDevNet-supported researchers have made two groundbreaking discoveries that could lead to a less expensive and faster screening tool to identify young children, and even infants, with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and other neurological and psychiatric disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Parkinson’s disease and autism. Read More
What if... a virus could cure cancer?
More than 50 Canadians with lung cancer will participate in a world-first trial that combines two viruses with an antibody therapy to strengthen and train the body’s immune system to find and kill cancer cells. Read More
What if... firefighters could see through darkness and smoke?
Firefighters and search and rescue teams will be among the first to benefit from a military-grade technology that uses infrared light to see through smoke, fog and darkness. Read More
What if... remote communities had clean water?
After years of having to buy bottled water, residents in the small First Nations community of Lytton, BC can now drink water directly from their taps. Collaboration and technology were critical to solving the problem. Read More
What if... wearable tech could help police?
The RCMP contacted CommandWear Systems following the June 2014 shooting rampage that killed three police constables in Moncton, NB and the fatal shooting of a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa just four months later. Read More
What if... your smartphone could give you an instant air quality reading?
Canadians with asthma, allergies or other respiratory conditions often rely on federal and provincial air quality reports when deciding if it’s safe to go outside. Read More