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

$22 million for 2012-23
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India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability

Headquarters
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

CEO and Scientific Director
Nemkumar Banthia Nemkumar Banthia

Board chair
Barj Dhahan Barj Dhahan
Founder & President, Sandhurst Group of Companies
Co-Founder & Director, Canada India Education Society (CIES)

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 cost-effective and sustainable solutions. Canada and India share strong bilateral ties, including a well-established history of research collaborations. The Government of India has also made public-private partnerships a priority to tackle 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 (IC-IMPACTS) and its partners are developing and implementing community-based solutions to meet the most urgent needs faced by some communities in 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

  • The Department of Science and Technology (DST), India and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India continue their collaborations with IC-IMPACTS in the areas of Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure, Public Health, and Integrated Water Management. To date, a total of 31 Canada-India projects have been awarded with matching funding from DST and DBT.
  • Since 2013, IC-IMPACTS has trained a total of 1,163 HQPs, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and research staff, 32% of whom are female. 97% of IC-IMPACTS graduates are employed in either academic, industry, or government bodies. Through 74 funded projects, IC-IMPACTS researchers have so far launched 8 start-up companies, produced 1,298 scientific publications, filed 31 patents and technology disclosures, and created 365 partnerships.
  • There have been 25 deployments in remote and indigenous communities in Canada and in India. Researchers at the the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Lytton Creek First Nation, Bi Pure Water, Kerr Wood Leidal, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, successfully deployed a water treatment technology in Lytton Creek First Nation, lifting the boil water advisory for the first time after 10 years.
  • Dr. Nemy Banthia’s collaboration with Metro Vancouver resulted in the successful installation of the novel concrete pipe coating material at a sewer chamber in Delta, British Columbia. Metro Vancouver, has around 9,000 kilometers of sewer pipes which will at some point in the near future need to be repaired. The demonstration project proved the material to be scalable and easy to apply, ideal for use as repair material for deteriorating sewerage infrastructure.
  • With IC-IMPACTS’ innovative self-healing pavement technology in Thondebhavi, India, residents now have access to markets for their crops and the economy has been stimulated, all while reducing greenhouse gases, decreasing construction material requirements, and reducing costs. A second, more enhanced, self-healing pavement has been installed at the Chawathil First Nation Community in British Columbia. The material is continuously being monitored using smart sensors which were installed in the pavement at the time of construction.
  • Madhukar Pai of McGill University, in partnership with World Health Partners, recruited 105 pharmacies in Patna, India to educate pharmacists in detection and treatment of Tuberculosis (TB). Researchers used novel strategies and interventions to reduce the delay from initial diagnosis to primary treatment from 60 to 4 days.

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