The ITA advantage

Industrial technology advisors: the human face of innovation

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) delivers its services through a network of over 240 Industrial Technology Advisors located in technology communities, local associations, universities, and colleges across the country. The Industrial Technology Advisors are the key to NRC-IRAP's ability to encourage and support innovation in Canada's small and medium-sized enterprises.

Typically a veteran R&D professional by the time he joins the NRC-IRAP team, an Industrial Technology Advisor has had extensive experience in a number of industrial sectors. Industrial Technology Advisors act as trusted advisors, often establishing long-term relationships with their clients. Although Industrial Technology Advisors are located throughout Canada, all clients have access to the collective wisdom and expertise of the Industrial Technology Advisor community. The Industrial Technology Advisor-client relationship is what sets the Program apart from many other federal and provincial governments programs.

Profile of Industrial Technology Advisors

  • 34% have been entrepreneurs
  • 45% have run their own R&D facility and/or been a leader within an R&D facility
  • 41% have worked in a college, cégep or university
  • 75% have masters or PhD education

To engage with NRC-IRAP, and to reach one of our Industrial Technology Advisors located in your community, please call our toll-free number at 1-877-994-4727.