Resources Useful for BC's
High Tech Industry
|National Research Council of Canada|| NRC is Canada's premier science
and technology research organization - doing research itself, liasing with
research organizations in other countries, facilitating the dissemination
of scientific and technical information in Canada's scientific community
and assisting private industry to develop, access and commercialize new
technologies. Notably included are the CTN and the IRAP Programs.
|Canadian Technology Network (CTN)|| The CTN is a cross-country network
of advisors in government research institutes, universities and non-profit
associations with the mandate of providing access to a wide range of technology
and related business assistance.
|NRC's Industrial Reasearch Assistance Program (IRAP)|| IRAP offers Advisory Services as
well as financial assistance to small and medium sized Canadian companies.
IRAP is delivered by a nation-wide network of more than 260 Industrial Technology
Advisors (ITAs), of which about 30 are in BC. Located throughout BC, the
BC ITA's represent a range of technical specializations. Companies access
the IRAP programs through the ITA who is either located nearby or has the
closest technical fit.
|Canadian Institute for Market Intelligence (CIMI)||CIMI provides a limited level of market research resources for private sector companies and for government agencies. It conducts market studies to support government initiatives, in particular those of NRC IRAP, with which it is allied. It is based in Vancouver, BC.|
|Fuel Cells Canada||Fuel Cells Canada is a national
initiative of NRC with its headquarters and research facilities located
at the NRC Innovation Center near UBC, in Vancouver, BC.
|Industry Canada Strategis Website|| Canadian Government's major Web
Portal for industrial, commercial, technical and export information.
Federal Government Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
|| Foreign Trade and Travel Information
for Canadians. Export assistance programs for Canadian businesses, including
trade missions and financial assistance.
|Market Reports and DFAIT Services Abroad||Information on Canadian Embassies,
Consulates and Trade Offices outside Canada - indispensible information
|Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI)||One of the world's major sources
for information in all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine
- including articles from journals, in-depth literature search, or a referral
to an expert.
|Vancouver Medical Device Development Centre||The Medical Device Development Center,
located at Vancouver General Hospital, advances the collaborative development,
evaluation and commercialization of need-oriented medical technology.
| The BC Government Ministry responsible
for promoting international trade and investment in BC.
|The BC Advanced Systems Institute - ASI||In April, 2004, ASI merged with
the Science Council of BC to form a BC Crown Corporation called the BC Innovation
|The Science Council of British Columbia (SCBC)||
In April, 2004, SCBC merged with ASI to form a BC Crown Corporation called the BC Innovation Council.
|BC Innovation Council||In April, 2004, ASI merged with the Science Council of BC to form a BC Crown Corporation called the BC Innovation Council.|
|Western Economic Diversification "WD"||The WD is one vehicle through which
the Federal Government provides funding to the provinces for specific economic
development initiatives, such as Fuel Cells Canada. Also, loan guarantees
are available to small businesses through WD.