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Mitacs: Inspiring innovation and driving creative solutions

Mitacs empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to our most pressing problems. For over 20 years, Mitacs has assisted organizations in reaching their goals, has funded cutting-edge innovation, and has created job opportunities for students and postdocs. We are committed to driving economic growth and productivity and to creating meaningful change to improve quality of life for all Canadians.

Our mission is to build a world-class, diverse community of innovators through our collaborative model, attracting and deploying top talent to industry, and matching need with expertise to create ambitious solutions to real-world challenges.

We believe that increasing Canada’s productivity and prosperity will be driven by successful innovation and we’re passionate about developing the next generation of researchers who will work to fuel Canada’s knowledge-based economy.

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Mitacs’s platform is fuelled by strategic relationships with business, NFP, municipal, hospital, academic, and government partners. It leverages students across all academic disciplines to support an evolving range of business and not-for-profit challenges. Through this innovation network, thousands of companies and researchers across the country have worked together to advance new ideas, products, and processes — and connect with international partners.

By building cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaborations, Mitacs improves Canada’s competitiveness by supporting students’ on-the-job skills development and creating a world-class innovation ecosystem. Relationships with other programs, agencies, and partners have been established through memoranda of understanding with multi-sector, multidisciplinary actors from across the innovation and skills landscape.

The Mitacs network currently includes:

⦿ 13,4242 private sector and not-for-profit organizations since 2008 that have hosted interns and fellows across Canada

⦿ 10,689 small and mid-sized enterprises partners across Canada since 20083

⦿ 14,8154 university researchers since 2008 across 845 university members and participating universities (31 Full, 13 Associate, 40 Honorary)

⦿ 1086 participating colleges, CEGEPs, and polytechnic partners (and growing)

⦿ Memoranda of understanding with 707 partners across the Canadian innovation ecosystem, including other funding agencies such as NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, MSFHR, and Genome Canada