Ministry of Research and Innovation - Blog

How we helped the Canadian Football League Players Association bridge a communications gap!

We love Weever Apps, a great Ontario start-up working out of the Hamilton regional innovation centre, Innovation Factory. They are revolutionizing the way that companies build apps. Their technology allows users to build their own Mobile apps at a fraction of the time and cost. Recently Weever Apps made the news securing a US patent for their tech to convert web pages into mobile apps. Mobile is huge! And it’s great to see this young Hamilton company leading the way. Landing the patent means their technology is considered a genuine innovation or advance over what was done before. This has helped them attract 3 new investors who will help fund expansion from the current 13 employees, as they continue to grow and create new jobs.

Categories: Digital Media Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Most Important Lessons We Learned Taking Our Research From Lab to Market

Shana KelleyShana Kelley is an Ontario success story who is using chemical tools to solve important biological and medical problems. Kelley is a scientist and Distinguished Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine, and founder of the Kelley Research Group. The Ontario Research Fund has been a proud supporter of the group’s research.

The Kelley Research Group is developing simpler, quicker, non-invasive and more cost-effective diagnostic technologies for cancer, infectious diseases and drug delivery. Diagnostic testing is currently done mainly in centralized labs and can take weeks or months. Their new technology will save lives and could save the healthcare system billions of dollars.

Categories: Pharmaceutical Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Inshoring IT is the New Black

Mitch Osakby Mitchell Osak, Managing Director, Quanta Consulting Inc.

The tide of outsourcing IT services has turned over the past few years. Though industry-wide data is difficult to find, our firm has witnessed hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of IT investment quietly repatriated back to Ontario. We expect this trend to accelerate over the next three to five years given Ontario’s strong fundamentals and offshoring’s fading appeal.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Business leadership key to moving Canada transformation

Nitin Kawale, Cisco Canadaby Nitin Kawale, President Cisco Canada

Information technology and communications are moving Canada and the world into a dynamic new era of exciting life-changing possibilities. But the tools of technology are less fundamental to driving the way forward than something much more basic.

Really it’s all about people and specifically the courage and determination of business leadership to drive process change and the transform the way things are done in companies and organizations. It’s the willingness to let go of the old and embrace the new, particularly in how we view things like work-life blending and the notion of bringing work to people rather than the opposite. Business leadership needs to decide — will we embrace the necessary change? The truth is the world is already moving this way, with or without their endorsement or approval.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

Tools for the Future — Our Top Three Keys to Success at the Toronto Tool Library

Ryanby Ryan Dyment, Co-Founder

Have you ever wished you had a mitre saw when doing a home reno project, or a tile cutter? Or maybe you’ve thought about experimenting with a 3D printer but it is simply too expensive to buy one?  If so, then we have an innovative venture for you.

The Toronto Tool Library (TTL), with two locations in Toronto, now provides members with access to tools for an annual fee of just $50 per year.  While one goal of this project is access, another is to help achieve a sustainable future that aligns our consumption with the planet’s natural resources.  In this article I’d like to share some tips from our experience at TTL as an example of what a new, sustainable economy could look like.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

How to Build a Better Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Carolyn McGregorby Dr. Carolyn McGregor
Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The first neonatal intensive care units came into being just over 50 years ago to care for premature and ill newborn infants. Since then, the equipment used to manage and support these tiny babies has had many great advances. But  one area lagged behind — the management of information for improving care.

Categories: Best Advice Tags: , , , , , , ,

How to build a better solar cell

Dr. Ted Sargent

Alex Ip

by Ted Sargent, Vice-Dean Research and Professor,  Edward S. Rogers Sr. Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Toronto,  Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology

and Alex Ip, PhD student, University of Toronto

In only one hour, the sunlight hitting the Earth’s surface provides more energy than the world uses in an entire year. By harvesting just a small fraction of this available power, we can move away from dirty, unsustainable energy sources. Conventional crystalline solar cells are able to efficiently convert sunlight to electricity, but they are too costly to produce and install compared with legacy fossil fuels.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , , , , , , ,

How To Build A Better Leaf

Dr. Ian Tamblynby Isaac Tamblyn PhD., Assistant Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Plants are wonderful machines. They convert sunlight into fuel and oxygen while cleaning the atmosphere. They self-assemble, continuously replicate and automatically repair damage. Over millennia, species have adapted to suit different environments, allowing flora to infiltrate the harshest of climates. All of this is accomplished with cheap and plentiful materials. Plants are wonderful machines.

Unfortunately, as an energy source for modern society, plants are not enough. Wood has a relatively low energy density and the efficiency of photosynthesis is about 5%. To put this in perspective, it took more than 1,600 tonnes (about 130 dump trucks) of ancient biomass to produce the tank of gas you bought last week for your car.

Categories: Best Advice Tags: , , , , ,

How to Build Better Sustainable Water Resources

Dieter Henslerby Dieter Hensler, President & CEO, Aquanty Inc., Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, Aquanty Inc., and the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre are currently partnering to create a 3D hydrological model of water resources within the Grand River Watershed in southern Ontario — an area of approximately 7,000 square kilometers, and home to about 1 million people. We’re using detailed climate projections and hydrological model to assess the impact of global warming on water quality and water quantity — a model that is being used nationally and internationally. With our model, we aim to answer questions such as: How are fertilizers impacting water quality? How will climate change affect stream flows and wetlands?  What are the best ways now, to protect our water resources for the future?

Categories: Best Advice Tags: , , , , , , , ,

How to build a better city

Eric Millerby Eric J. Miller, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Toronto

More than 80 per cent of Canadians live in urban regions. Cities are growing as people migrate from other parts of the country — and the world — seeking the economic opportunities these regions offer. The economic productivity and quality of life in our cities depends on designing their urban form, transportation systems and other physical and social infrastructure in ways that are environmentally sustainable, cost-effective and that provide attractive, liveable neighbourhoods.

Categories: Best Advice Tags: , , , , , , ,