As we enter a second year of a COVID pandemic, I cannot help but feel a sense of wonder thinking about human resilience and courage in the face of despair and tragedy. At NanoCanada, we have found ways to adapt to the new circumstances—online international missions, new webinar series, partnerships on web events, all of this while wearing our yoga pants and fuzzy slippers! We also learned a lot about writing successful funding proposals while building wonderful relationships with the NGen supercluster, the Nanomedicines Innovation Network, NCE, ISED, Global Affairs’ program officers, and regional economic development program officers. We have been busier than ever and it has been a source of great joy and pride to see so many companies do well, adapting their business models to the needs of the country under pandemic restrictions. I hope that you enjoy reading about it in this report and we look forward to seeing you in-person for our international conference in June 2022!
Just over a year has gone by since NanoCanada’s incorporation as a not-for-profit entity. While marked by our international technology showcase missions to Brazil, Italy, Korea, Japan, and the USA, last year also featured some firsts for NanoCanada. In partnership with the National Nanotechnology Initiative in the USA, we convened a first international nano associations meeting at World TechConnect in Boston. We committed to work together to highlight the power and impact of nanotechnology across the globe. A concerted celebration of international nano day on October 9th, 2019 was its first outcome and nano associations from across the globe planned a series of community events and activities. This raised awareness of how nanotechnology is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, as well as the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future.
When the concept of a national network in nanotechnology was implemented in March 2015, it was to address the urgent need to translate a decade of scientific and technical breakthroughs into the Canadian marketplace. Since then, NanoCanada has focused on organising international missions to support the global competitiveness of Canadian small and medium size enterprises (SME). This has already borne fruit with tens of millions of dollars in sales, the establishment of global distribution networks and research contracts. Thanks to strong relationships with provincial offices and federal trade commissioners, NanoCanada has been able to leverage the Canadian brand for the benefit of our entrepreneurs and innovators.
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