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C2MI receives $8M to support Canadian electronic systems development


The Federal Government has announced its support of $8-million over five years to C2MI to support Canadian companies with electronic systems development. Funds were also granted to two other Canadian centres; LOOKNorth and Wavefront.

Established in 2011, C2MI is the only Canadian infrastructure dedicated to the research and development of electronic systems. This ecosystem, compounded of industries, universities and partners dedicated to commercialization, focuses on market-driven products and technologies development. Enabling Technology having a growing impact growing in every sectors of the economy, microelectronics represents a huge vector of wealth creation.

“We are very grateful for this renewed support from the government of Canada towards C2MI and its partners, which allow us to grow into an international pole of innovation in microsystems and to continue working in synergy with Canadian SME’s and researchers,” says Normand Bourbonnais, president & CEO, C2MI.

“The CECR Program has allowed us to support startups and SME companies to commercialize new products. The expertise held at C2MI, whether it is related to advanced packaging, MEMS or materials characterization or failures analyses, allowed a significant number of Canadian and foreign companies to distinguish themselves. Our collaborative model offers a dynamic environment for future generations of scientists, produces highly qualified jobs and generates business opportunities, while strengthening the reputation of Canada as an innovative nation.”

C2MI is the largest electronics systems research and development center in Canada. The Centre provides a unique model of collaboration where the synergy between industrial and academia partners is necessary, even essential to the development of new generation market driven products. C2MI is a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR). Created in 2007, the CECR program of the CECR invests 30-million dollars per year in Canadian innovation. This innovative program creates links between research expertise with the business community to share the knowledge and resources that bring innovations in key sectors to reach the market faster.

“Under our government’s updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, we are focused on harnessing Canadian science to boost business innovation,” says Ed Holder, Minister of State for science and technology. “The Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research are supporting competitive Canadian businesses to move ideas from the lab to the marketplace while creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians.”