Supporting Canada's clusters

In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada put forward the Innovation and Skills Plan—an agenda to spark growth and help Canada realize its potential as a global leader in innovation. To advance this agenda, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada launched an initiative to accelerate innovation through superclusters.

The Innovation Superclusters Initiative will invest up to $950 million between 2017 and 2022 to support business-led innovation superclusters with the greatest potential to energize the economy and become engines of growth. Through this initiative, up to five superclusters will be selected to accelerate Canada's global advantage in highly innovative industries such as advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital technology, health/biosciences, clean resources, infrastructure and transportation.

Collaboration opportunities

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 and Skills Plan, the NRC would like to engage with superclusters proponents and support them in the development of their proposals. This can include: making available information about our capabilities, providing information and advice related to their potential innovation and commercialization diagnostics and plans, facilitating connections among potentially interested parties, and participating in meetings and discussions in a supportive way.

Principles of Engagement have been established to ensure an open and transparent process and fair and equal access to the NRC's services.

NRC capabilities

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.

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
Business advisor, Mining and Environment
Telephone: 604-221-3157
Food Laurel O’Connor MBA, MIT
Acting Business Advisor, ACRD
Telephone: 306-975-4573
Health Claude Larose
Business advisor, Medical Devices
Telephone: 514-496-6173
Oceans Mark Murphy
Business advisor, Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Telephone: 709-772-2105
Smart infrastructure and cities of the future Mark Stoochnoff
Business advisor, Information and Communications Technologies
Telephone: 613-991-0910
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