Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada
Government of Canada


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Helping Canadians Innovate

The prosperity and well-being of Canadians depends on making new discoveries and transforming them into products, services, policies, and processes that improve people’s lives. The NCE’s strategic support of incubators, accelerators, and other knowledge translation initiatives helps mobilize Canada’s best research, development, and entrepreneurial expertise and focus it on issues of strategic importance.

There are no quick fixes when it comes to complex challenges around job creation, environmental sustainability, and the health, safety and well-being of Canadians. That’s why the NCE takes a flexible approach to supporting research excellence and innovation through its various strategic initiatives.

By the numbers (2015-2016)

Who are we?

Canada’s go-to networks and centres for research, commercialization and knowledge mobilization.

What we do?

We connect entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, accelerators and innovators from across Canada to create a critical mass of expertise to develop, test and evaluate proven solutions. We then share, adapt and scale up those solutions nationally and globally.

Why it works?

Diversity and inclusion are Canada’s strengths. The NCE brings together diverse scientific fields, industry sectors and public and local partners to develop practical solutions that empower Canadian families, communities and job-creators.

Here are our achievements
What if we could treat and prevent childhood disease
Parents are often advised to limit their child’s exposure to things that can cause harm. Read more
What if relevant research is available to Indigenous communities to design solutions?
Northern communities need relevant information to help minimize the negative impacts of climate change. Read more
What if personalized treatment could cure unique cancers?
Personalized cancer treatment can match experimental drugs with the patients who would benefit the most. Read more
What if Biofuels were available at more airports?
More than 190 countries adopted an agreement in 2016 to curb rising emissions from international air travel. Read more
What if we could put our networking technologies back on the world map?
Telecommunications companies won’t gamble on network security and reliability. Read more
What if we could slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease?
KalGene Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the National Research Council discovered how to deliver drugs past the blood-brain barrier – a critical obstacle to treating Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. Read more
What if cleaner and greener chemistry were even more widely deployed?
Canada’s clean tech sector has generated more than 55,000 jobs with about 800 mostly small or medium-sized companies. Read more
What if Arctic development were safe, sustainable, and inclusive?
Several countries are preparing for the opening of Arctic waterways caused by climate change, and the resulting opportunities for resource development and shipping. Read more
What if we could boost our natural products industry?
Consumers are increasingly demanding products derived from natural sources based on their health and environmental benefits. Read more
What if we could stop violence before it started?
Despite having a reputation of inclusion and tolerance, Canada ranks in the bottom third of 28 developed countries for preventing bullying and victimization. Read more
What if companies stayed and grew in Canada?
The World Bank ranks Canada the second easiest place in the world to start a business. Read more
What if frail seniors could live independently?
Frail older adults living in rural areas often don’t have access to the same health and social services available in big cities. Read more
What if heart problems could be fixed earlier?
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a chronic progressive disease affecting more than 700,000 people. Read more
What if young Canadian companies could connect to global markets?
Expanding into international markets is a daunting prospect for cash-strapped startups. Read more
What if diseases could be diagnosed and treated earlier?
Each year millions of patients receive radiopharmaceuticals – drugs that contain a medical isotope used to both diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases. Read more
What if we could identify promising drugs faster?
Developing a new drug starts with identifying the molecule – or target – involved in a disease. Read more
What if we could monitor greenhouse gas emissions?
In June 2016, GHGSat launched “Claire,” the world’s first monitoring satellite designed to help companies measure greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial sites more safely, reliably and cost-effectively. Read more
What if we could build job-creating clusters?
Montréal’s pharmaceutical research cluster was under threat as global companies began shuttering their R&D facilities earlier this decade in response to rising drug development costs and fewer blockbuster drugs. Read more
What if we could protect whales from shipping activities?
Whales, dolphins and porpoises off British Columbia’s coast face many threats, including underwater noise from vessels. Read more
What if Canada could attract international investors?
Canada’s biotechnology sector is fueled by a pipeline of world-class university science, but a lack of capital and experienced business leaders has resulted in many young firms failing or being sold to foreign companies. Read more
What if there were proven approaches to help vulnerable youth?
Organizations that work with youth want to know that the programs they deliver are having a positive impact. Read more
What if we could bring better drugs to market sooner?
The development of nanoparticles—tiny, virus-sized elements developed in a laboratory—is moving us closer to a new age of precision medicine for cancer and other diseases. Read more