CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, and the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Canada, a national association representing 26 research and technology parks across Canada, today announced a partnership to exploit ICT technologies in an effort to enhance collaboration between industry and academia and to encourage innovation and economic development across Canada.
Through this partnership, AURP Canada will provide a white-label offering of CANARIE’s Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) program to strengthen commercialization opportunities for the nearly 1,400 knowledge based businesses located in research and technology parks. DAIR provides free cloud-based compute, network and storage resources for small businesses to develop, test, prototype and demonstrate next-generation products.
Cloud computing is a transformative technology, enabling businesses of any size to rapidly deploy and scale new products cost efficiently. DAIR’s made-in-Canada cloud provides users with the cost certainty, scalability and long- term usage horizon that can kick start commercialization of research and the formation of new businesses.
AURP Canada is the united voice of Canadian research and technology parks, where businesses that employ more than 65,000 knowledge-based workers are located. These businesses generate $4.3B annually to Canadian GDP.
“Digital technologies and services are transforming businesses everywhere and driving productivity growth and firm competitiveness,” said Industry Minister James Moore. “This dynamic partnership will help make Canada a leading digital nation. Congratulations to CANARIE and the Association of University Research Parks Canada.”
“Canadian research and technology parks are helping start-up companies and born-global export-ready companies get to market” says Carol Stewart, President of AURP Canada. “In today’s competitive economy, our companies need support services offered through parks that will allow them to accelerate this process. The partnership with CANARIE and the Powered by DAIR program will fill a gap for our companies and build a stronger national ecosystem.”
“Researchers incubating great ideas need support in moving from concept to commercialization,” says Peter Wilenius, Vice President, Business Development at CANARIE. “CANARIE’s relationship with AURP Canada demonstrates our commitment to partnerships in the innovation ecosystem that spark collaboration, innovation and growth of the knowledge economy through the use of ICT.”
The AURP Canada partnership bolsters the impact of two organizations that are uniquely positioned in their ability to connect industry, government and academia to support commercial applications of innovative ideas leading to
sustained economic growth. AURP Canada bridges the gap between incubation and commercialization, and CANARIE provides the advanced technologies that can drive a strong competitive advantage for companies competing in a global market. Going forward, the partners will look for other opportunities to increase the connectivity between industry and academia through additional programming that supports commercialization.
This relationship significantly expands the reach of the Powered by DAIR partner model, in which organizations supporting businesses secure a block of DAIR computing resources and offer the service as an extension or complement to their existing portfolio. In addition to co-branded resources, administrative and marketing support is provided to assist the partner in providing cloud incubation support to its clients. The Powered by DAIR model helps the partner to build its brand, delivering greater value to its client base and obtaining greater leverage for its investments in innovation, incubation and acceleration services.
This partnership augments the growing list of existing Powered by DAIR relationships with Canadian technology incubators and accelerators, including the City of Fredericton’s goFred network, Startup Calgary, TEC Edmonton, Accelerator YYC, and the ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM). DAIR is also being deployed in support of colleges’ applied research initiatives. Algonquin College, New Brunswick Community College, and Red River College are the first among several colleges that are taking advantage of DAIR’s free, state-of-the-art cloud resources to support
applied research alliances between colleges and local businesses.
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CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada’s research and education communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.
CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.
CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud- computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, form Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.
Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.
About the Association of University Research Parks Canada:
Founded in June 2007 as a chapter of AURP International (based in Tucson, AZ), AURP Canada represents 26 research and technology parks across Canada. The mission of AURP Canada is to support, champion and advocate on behalf of its park members in a meaningful way that will result in the growth and development of new and existing Canadian research and technology parks and advance the Canadian knowledge economy.
Canadian research and technology parks have been successfully operating since as early as 1980 (Innovation Place in Saskatoon, SK) and as recent as 2008 (Innovation Park in Kingston, ON). The long history has provided much needed information pertaining to improvements that need to be made and opportunities that exist in the Canadian innovation ecosystem.
AURP Canada has been developing partnerships with universities, municipal, provincial and federal governments, economic development agencies, and key national organizations in an effort to share ideas and resources that will spark sustainability, progressive standardization, and growth of the park network.
A study conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) found there are approximately 1,400 companies that employ an estimated 65,187 knowledge-based workers in Canadian research and technology parks. Annually, Canadian research and technology parks are generating an estimated $4.3 billion to the Canadian GDP and approximately $596 million in taxes.