Supporting Canada's clusters

As part of the federal government's Innovation Agenda to help build Canada as a world-leading innovation economy, the Government has identified a number of key sectors that have the greatest potential to accelerate economic growth through business-led innovation "superclusters".

The intent of these "superclusters" is to bring together the right mix of innovative collaborators in key areas such as advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health/biosciences and clean resources, as well as infrastructure and transportation.

The NRC, through its 100-year history, has continually delivered scientific innovation for Canada by collaborating with industry, academia and all levels of government. As an enabler of the government's Innovation Agenda, the NRC would like to engage the successful winners of the "superclusters" and support them with their research and commercialization needs.

Although we don't know what clusters will emerge from this process, some of the ways in which the NRC can support industry include:

  • Collaborative research opportunities to develop and deploy new technologies, and shorten time to market for new products and services
  • Technical services to help de-risk early-stage technology development with specialized testing and prototyping activities
  • Access to unique research facilities located across the country
  • Flexible intellectual property licensing terms
  • Funding and resources to leverage existing R&D investments

The NRC's wide range of capabilities spans a number of industrial sectors and scientific fields. For illustrative purposes, the presentations below organize the NRC scientific and technical capabilities and expertise in a number of different ways. We look forward to partnering with the winning clusters and other Canadian business initiatives that emerge:

Contact us

For more information about the NRC's capabilities or to discuss opportunities for collaboration, contact the identified priority leads:


NRC "supercluster" expertise areas Contact
Advanced manufacturing Michael Kilfoil
Program Leader, Advanced Manufacturing Program
Telephone: 613-949-4657
Clean energy and resources Dann Chow
Portfolio Business Advisor, Mining and Environment
Telephone: 604-221-3157
Food Paul Neima
Portfolio Business Advisor, Aquatic and Crop Resource Development
Telephone: 902-566-7444
Health Claude Larose
Portfolio Business Advisor, Medical Devices
Telephone: 514-496-6173
Oceans Mark Murphy
Portfolio Business Advisor, Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Telephone: 709-772-2105
Smart infrastructure and cities of the future Mark Stoochnoff
Portfolio Business Advisor, Information and Communications Technologies
Telephone: 613-991-0910
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