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Competition Results

2016 Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program competition (additional funding for centres funded in 2010)

The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program bridges the gap between research and commercialization. The program matches clusters of research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovative products and processes to market faster. Centres advance research and facilitate commercialization within priority areas for the Government of Canada.

Centres adopt different models to best serve the commercialization needs of their sector, including acting as investors, incubators or service providers. With revenue sources that range from fee-for service and membership fees to product sales, royalties and equity in start-up companies, each CECR has a mandate to become self-sustaining while maximizing economic impact for its partners.

The CECR program was created in 2007 and currently supports 22 active centres across the country.

The most recent CECR competition resulted in three existing centres being awarded extended funding totaling $19.5 million over five years (2016-2021):

  • Leading Operational Observations and Knowledge for the North – LOOKNorth ($3.5 million)
    Headquarters: St. John’s NF
    LOOKNorth responds to the need for accurate and continuous environmental monitoring to ensure responsible and sustainable development in Canada’s North. The centre works with industry, researchers and communities to identify and validate industry-relevant monitoring technologies that have been developed beyond the proof-of-concept stage, but may require additional development to reach operational maturity. LOOKNorth also conducts sector assessments (mining, oil & gas, hydro-power, transportation) that provide cost-effective access to reliable information that can support project and regulatory decision-making for all stakeholders. The centre’s primary goal is to enable safe and sustainable resource development in Canada’s North.
  • MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre - C2MI ($8 million)
    Headquarters: Bromont, QC
    The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre is the world’s most advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)/wafer level packaging facility. With support from the federal and Quebec governments and its founding partners (IBM, Teledyne DALSA, the Université de Sherbrooke and the City of Bromont), C2MI opened a 15,000 square metre state-of-the-art microelectronics facility where designers, engineers and scientists from academia and industry collaborate to transform proof-of-concepts into actual prototypes used in the manufacturing process. To help companies thrive in today’s global, knowledge-driven economy, C2MI’s ecosystem offers access to skills development, product certification, resources for market analysis and strategic business plans, intellectual property protection, financial services and guidance, and funding for commercialization.
  • Wavefront ($8 million)
    Headquarters: Vancouver, BC
    Wavefront’s business accelerator services help small and mid-sized telecommunications companies (SMEs) identify and connect with the resources, partners and opportunities that will enable them to commercialize new products and services, and expand into new international markets. CECR support has enabled Wavefront to expand its services across Canada and take wireless firms global by providing access to commercialization resources normally beyond the reach of SMEs. These include accelerated commercialization and mentorship programs, international market linkages, and product testing, as well as affordable access to mobile device libraries across the country to help SMEs develop their products. Wavefront also connects academic researchers who have developed commercially viable innovations to suitable industry partners.