Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster has announced its first cohort of projects. The projects total $40 million of investment over three years; and is comprised of $15 million of co-investment from the Supercluster that has leveraged over $25 million from industry, research and academic partners.
The first cohort is focused on advancing Canada’s development and application of digital technologies to solve some of the most pressing challenges in the natural resources, healthcare, and industrial sectors. These projects can strengthen the early detection and treatment of skin cancers, improve the prediction of manufacturing failures and analyze the economic and environmental impacts of resource projects. Together, these projects will increase Canada’s competitiveness, improve healthcare outcomes and accelerate economic growth.
Each of the project teams bring together a broad consortium of partners that includes industry adopters, technology leaders, start-ups, small and mid-sized businesses, digital innovators and research organizations. Every project is industry-led, with each project team including five to nine partners collaborating to tackle ambitious technology development challenges that require their collective expertise to solve. The partners leverage British Columbia’s and Canada’s powers in data analytics, genomics, quantum computing, and virtual, mixed and augmented reality.
The seven projects approved under the Technology Leadership Programs are: Learning Factory Digital Twin; Predictive Analytics for Manufacturing Processes; Forest Machinery Connectivity; Earth Data Store; Tailored Health – Pharmacogenetics; Dermatology Point-of-Care Intelligent Network; and, Secure Health & Genomics Data Platform.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the launch of our first cohort of seven technology leadership projects,” says Sue Paish, CEO of the Digital Technology Supercluster.
“We are proud to be delivering on the promise of the Innovation Superclusters Initiative so early in our mandate. The investments between the Supercluster and our project partners will propel Canada forward as a digital innovation leader, drive increased economic growth, and create jobs across the province and country.”