Advocates

Nanotech BC 1

Nanotech BC has currently suspended its operations until suitable funding of its activities and new projects can be ascertained.

 Nanotech BC has three mandates:

  • Advocate - Provide a voice for the British Columbia nanotechnology community, both at home and internationally.
  • Stimulate - Foster a thriving nanotechnology community where government, academic and business stakeholders can meet and support each other.
  • Educate - Communicate with industrial, academic and government sectors as well as with the public to increase awareness of nanotechnology and what it means for BC.

 To achieve this, Nanotech BC is collaborating with regional, national, and international organizations.  Nanotech BC promotes and facilitates entrepreneurial research as well as researcher networking and infrastructure development.  Its goal is to increase the understanding of nanotechnology across the province.

Industrial Technology Centre – Manitoba 2

The Industrial Technology Centre (ITC) was established in 1979 and commenced operations as a Special Operating Agency (SOA) of the Province of Manitoba on April 1, 1996. ITC now operates under the authority of Manitoba Science, Technology, Energy & Mines (STEM).

ITC conducts a monthly Technology Watch on its website.  This is a collection of news relating to innovation in new and upcoming technologies.  It also includes an Events and Learning Opportunities section with seminars and courses in technology.  Nanotechnology is frequently mentioned in these on topics such as nanomaterials and composites, solar application, nanobiotechnology, etc.

ITC has a Social Technologies Technology Foresight program which conducted a focus study on technology, innovation, and business strategy.  The focus group consisted of prominent business, education, and technology organizations.  Results of this study indicated 12 areas for technology innovation through 2025. Among these 12 areas were the following:

  • Nanomaterials – inexpensive ways to produce mass quantities of nanomaterials; nanomaterials move from passive to active with nanoscale valves, switches, motors, etc.
  • Universal water – ultra-fine filters (i.e., nanofilters); new energy sources for desalination and purification, including hybrid systems combining conventional and alternative power (i.e., solar); smart water-use technologies for agriculture and industry

NanoQuébec 3

NanoQuébec, a not-for-profit corporation organization whose principal funding partners are MDEIE (Ministère du Développement économique, de l´Innovation et de l´Exportation) and the federal government through the Canada Economic Development.  It plays a central role in the structuring and planning efforts in nanotechnology in Québec.

NanoQuébec's mission is to strengthen innovation in nanotechnology in order to increase sustainable economic development for Quebec and Canada.

Since 2001, NanoQuébec has been providing significant financial support to build and promote the use of Quebec´s major nanotechnology infrastructure by the entire scientific and industrial community.  The province´s central key research facilities serve over 1,900 users, including nearly 250 industrial users, and are run by over 115 technicians and professionals.

Nanotechnology Network of Ontario 4

The aim of the Nanotechnology Network of Ontario (NaNO) is to increase the interactions between nanotechnology researchers in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine.

NaNO aims to:

  • Facilitate collaborations between complementary nanotechnology researchers
  • Enhance shared access to facilities and resources
  • Establish cross disciplinary opportunities for graduate and undergraduate nanotechnology
  • Identify opportunities for commercialization

 NaNO has several lists on their websites containing information on research institutions in Ontario, nanotechnology university programs (undergraduate and graduate), companies working in nanotechnology, and nanotechnology centres in Ontario.

[1] Nanotech BC.  http://www.nanotechbc.ca/.  August 2009.

[2] Industrial Technology Centre.  http://www.itc.mb.ca/.  August 2009.

[3] NanoQuébec.  http://nanoquebec.ca/nanoquebec_w/site/index.jsp.  August 2009.

[4] Nanotechnology Network of Ontario.  http://www.nanoontario.ca/.  August 2009.