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April 19, 2018

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April 16, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories of the Week

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April 13th, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

Happy Friday the 13th! I see it as a lucky day as I was born on the 13th!

Our highlight of the week was hosting the Hon. Minister, Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of  Advanced Learning & Skills at our MindShare Workspace yesterday in partnership with MBOT and Sheridan College. A key announcement was made around the creation of an Ontario Training Bank– An investment of $63m over 3 years. Check out the facebook
stream here.

I was humbled by Minister Hunter raving about our new MindShare Workspace!

It was fortuitous to connect with colleague,  Dr. Randy LaBonte, President, CanLearn from Victoria, B.C. this week while in Toronto for a conference. Excellent discussion comparing notes on the latest trends in online learning across Canada, Speaking of which CanLearn has a super interesting Digital Learning Symposium next week in Vancouver. The always insightful Dr.Tony Bates will be keynoting. I can’t be there, but perhaps you can. It’s not too late to register!

We’re once again proud to partner with ISTE taking place in Chicago, June 24 -27. Members of our community attending, please drop me a note if you’d to attend our 14th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup, June 25th, 5:30pm.

Save the date! Thursday, October 11th, 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership SummitDesigning Next Generation Sustainable & Equitable Learning Spaces, New Location! University of Toronto, School of Management & Innovation, Mississauga Campus. Drop me an email if you are interested in speaking or sponsoring!

I hope you’re enjoying our new weekly Top10 reports. We were humbled by the many positive comments received and welcome your continued feedback and
personal updates!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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LIONS FAMILY MOURNS LOSS OF MEN’S HOCKEY ALUMNUS MARK CROSS

As past chair of the York University hockey alumni, I would like to honour fellow York alumnus Mark Cross, a 5-year player with the Lions and assistant Captain, who was tragically killed in last week’s Humboldt Broncos bus accident in Sask. Mark was hired this season as an assistant coach with his roots in Sask.

– Robert Martellacci

For those that want to support and keep Mark’s memory thriving at York, the Athletics & Recreation department has established a fund to support the Men’s Hockey program in Mark’s honour.  The department will also be matching dollar for dollar the first $50,000 in donations. You can show your support by clicking  here or going to giving.yorku.ca/markcross.

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1. Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, Announces the Ontario Training Bank An investment of $63m over 3 yrs
April 13th, 2018 – MindShare Learning
Robert Martellacci (right) presents Honourable Mitzie Hunter (middle) with a MindShare Workspace athletic wear in preparation for her upcoming election marathon.
2. Announcing Canada’s 10th Classroom of the Future Video Challenge Extreme Makeover Winners
April 13th, 2018 – MindShare Learning
The Classroom of the Future contest challenged Canadian publicly funded school teachers to create and capture innovative teaching & learning with technology practices depicting how they engaged and motivated their students through a short video.
3. THIS WEEK IN EDTECH recorded Periscope Podcast between Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley from VoicEd Radio
4. TakingITGlobal Receives $2.5M for coding & digital skills to help young Canadians, particularly Indigenous youth, build digital skills and benefit from innovations in technology
5. The man who’s fighting girls’ ‘mathematophobia’
April 9th, 2018 – Toronto Star

As a teenager beginning high school in his Ivory Coast homeland, Ismael Mourifié looked around his classroom and understood something was inherently wrong.

He’d been placed in the math stream based on an admission exam that determined aptitude. But among the almost 45 students, there were only four or five girls. The next year, that number dropped to two.

It didn’t make any sense, Mourifié thought. Math isn’t an innate skill; there shouldn’t be such a dramatic gender disparity.

6. My Classroom, my Space Station!
March 29th, 2018 – Canadian Space Agency

Participating students will explore how environmental conditions influence mental and physical health, and identify the best conditions for healthy and effective living. This knowledge is important not only on Earth, but also on the International Space Station and someday maybe even on the Moon or Mars!

7. Creating the Tech Leaders of Tomorrow is Critical to Fueling Canada’s Innovation Economy
April 9th, 2018 – Microsoft Canada

Being a proud Canadian, I am extremely passionate about this country’s future. There is so much energy and innovation transcending in our true North and I believe that Canada’s future will be defined by the innovation economy. Since 2016, the digital economy has grown by $2.43 billion or 3.4% – 1% higher than the growth seen in the Canadian economy overall – and in 2017, the employment of ICT professionals outpaced the entire economy by a rate of 6 to 1.

8. Malgosia Green Departs Top Hat to Take on Role as Plenty of Fish CEO
April 12th, 2018 – Betakit

Top Hat’s former chief product officer Malgosia Green has departed from the company and taken on the role as CEO of Plenty of Fish.

Prior to Top Hat, which develops a cloud-based teaching platform for universities and colleges to share content, Green acted as CEO of Savvica, a marketing and recruiting services company for academic institutions.

9. Memorial University launches K-6 STEM teacher education program
April 13th, 2018 – Academica

An innovative program launched by Memorial’s Faculty of Education will help to position the institution at the leading edge of STEM teacher education in Canada.

“The program responds to increasing local, national and international focus on the sciences, digital technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools,” said Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education.

10. Canvas by Instructure Now Available in Canada
April 3rd, 2018 – Cision
Canvas by Instructure, Inc. (NYSE:  INST), the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, is now available in Canada. Higher education and K-12 learning institutions across the country now have the ability to access the full cloud-native Canvas LMS platform through AWS Canada.

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April 6, 2018

April MindShare Report >> Announcing Canada’s 10th Classroom Of The Future Winners, Top 10 News Stories, And More!

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April 2018, Volume 11 Issue 2
Mr. Librande is an Arts and 21st Century Lead Teacher at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School in Milton, Ontario.  He sat down for an exclusive podcast with Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator, MindShare Report to reflect on his school winning 1st prize in Canada’s 10th Classroom of the Future Extreme Makeover.

I hope you enjoyed our inaugural ‘new look’ version of the MindShare Learning Report last month!

Our April issue is one of the most special of the year as we are thrilled to announce our10th Classroom of the Future Challenge: Extreme Classroom Makeover Winners!

1st Prize: Teacher, Arend Librande, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Milton, Ontario.  https://youtu.be/y1879ikfkLU

2nd Prize: Teacher, Dean Vendramin, Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School, Regina, Sask.  https://youtu.be/5595sFfAawg

3rd Prize: Teacher, Martine Paquet, Moncton High School, Moncton, N.B.https://youtu.be/fXKm7ImKt1g

Congratulations to our national winners!  And, thanks to all contest entrants. Collectively your innovative teaching practices demonstrating how you inspire your students to learn on a daily basis are making a national impact; thanks again for sharing your stories.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who helped make this contest possible: Title sponsor: DELL EMC; Dremel, Logics Academy, Microsoft Education, Stem Learning Lab and Ergotron. During the past 10 years we have provided over $500,000 in tech tools for schools across Canada.

Be sure to check out some great insights and new stories in this issue, including:

  1. Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program March 2018

  2. There is a future for jobs – we’re just not ready for it.

  3. The architecture of Ideal Learning Environments. We talked to some of the leading architects in the country about five key principles in K-12 school design.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

P.S. Save the Date! Thursday, October 11, 2018 Canada’s 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership SummIT–Designing Next Generation Sustainable & Inspiring
Learning Spaces.

“Remember to look up at the star and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” 

–  Stephen Hawking
“First off, I want to give a huge congratulations to all the winners! Since the beginning, Dell EMC has been very excited by this strategic partnership with MindShare Learning and the opportunity to reach teachers and students through the Classroom of the Future Challenge. There is tremendous potential for more accessible and up-to-date digital resources in classrooms, and through programs like this, we’re committed to working with innovative partners like MindShare Learning to bring these technologies to every classroom and school.”    
– Jon Dermott, Vice President of Sales for Dell EMC Canada on the announcement of the 10th Annual Classroom of the Future Contest Winners
“We were impressed by the powerful teaching and learning that we witnessed in the videos that were submitted to this year’s MindShare Classroom of the Future Contest. If these videos were a testament to what is happening in classrooms around this country we can be confident that Canadian students will continue to be at the forefront of learning achievement on the world stage.”

-Timothy Gard Lead Judge and Chief Learning Strategist

Automation to impact at least 50% of Canadian jobs in the next decade: RBC research
Cision – March 3rd, 2018

Dr. Steve Joordens Accepts his EdTech Award

U of Toronto Scarborough Honoured at MarSDD voted MindShare’s Canadian Post-Secondary EdTech Leader of the Year–finally gets his award!
Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program March 2018
Stats Canada – March 21st, 2018
Developed Teacher Candidates in a Networked World
EdCan – March 23rd, 2018
TVDSB Aims to Improve Math Achievement with Engaging
Gamifying Software

Cision – March 27th, 2018
Pivot Toward the Market: How Peekapak Teaches Empathy and Social Skills to Kids in 90 Countries
Startup Toronto – March 13th, 2018
Union Gas Supports POWER UP(SM) FIRST Robotics Canada with $50,000 Gold-Level Sponsorship
Cision – March 3rd, 2018
The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments
Edutopia – March 2nd, 2018
There is a future for Jobs – We are just not ready for it.
The Globe and Mail – March 26th, 2018
Blockchain Education Heads to Canadian Capital
LegalTechNews – March 21st, 2018
Canada 150 program results in ‘brain gain’ for Canadian Universities
Ottawa Citizen – March 29th, 2018
A Focus on Screen Time

The C21 CEO Academy cares deeply about all facets of student learning. Screen time has become a major priority challenge that led to a national conference call to share insights on how screen time is being managed across member districts.  Below is a compilation of articles and research to assist educators and parents to strike a balance for their students and children.

SO WHY CAN’T YOU PUT IT DOWN ?!!!

Increasingly, research by psychiatrists, neuroscientists, marketers and public health experts shows – smartphones are causing damage to our minds and relationships, measurable in seconds shaved off the average attention span, reduced brain power, declines in work-life balance and hours less family time.

They have impaired our ability to remember, increased our vulnerability for anxiety, make it more difficulty to daydream and think creatively.

They make parents ignore their children.  And they are addictive, if not in the clinical sense, for all intents and purposes.
Read more…

Your Smartphone is Making You Stupid, Antisocial  and Unhealthy
Globe and Mail, January 6, 2018

Screen Time and Young Children:
Position Statement Canadian Pediatric Society, November 27, 2017

Parent Information on Screen Time and Young Children
Canadian Pediatric Society, June 2017

Screen Time – Overview from Hospital for Sick Kids
July 18th 2018 About Kids Health – Trusted Answers from the Hospital for Sick Children

Effects of Electronic Screens on Children’s Vision Recommendations for Safe Use
Joint Position Statement Canadian Associations of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight – Common Sense Media

ISTE Standards for Students

Click for the complete  Screen Time Reference List.

What a very cool and insightful site visit I had recently with John Heinrich, Principal at St. Elizabeth High School in York Region on the periphery of the Greater Toronto Area. Fred Galang, Digital Design teacher coincidentally is a past national winner of the Classroom of the Future Challenge.  A visit to John Heinrich’s office makes a statement. Modern, sleek white furniture convey’s innovation. I was given a tour of the library in transition to a learning commons. Partnership opportunities are available for interested
EdTech companies!

I was intrigued to learn about Project Flow that will provide grade 9 and 10 students the opportunity to experience integrative learning. Teachers are currently exploring design thinking in preparation of the implementation for back to school in September.

Principal John Heinrich, St. Elizabeth High School walks the talk when it comes to innovation. While it doesn’t happen overnight, his passion and vision to implement Project Flow will provide students transformative learning experiences.
Exclusive Videocast with Dr. Michael Fox on His Inspiration for Sackville 2020
What an awesome TDSB Unleashing Learning conference I attended along with some 1,600 delegates yesterday hosted by my alma mater district. Despite being on deadline for this Report, I managed to carve out enough time experience connecting with amazing teacher leaders at the poster sessions; drop by the EdTech partner booths and connect with the senior leadership team at Canada’s largest school district. Thanks to Peter Singh, CTO, for the kind invitation.
This sketchnote nicely captures the highlights of TDSB Director, John Malloy’s keynote
(L-R)  Bell Canada Representative; Peter Singh, CIO, TDSB; Carlene Jackson, Associate Director, TDSB; Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning Technology
Thanks to fellow fellow York U alum Jeff Hainbuch, Global Head of We Schools & Educational Partnerships  MeToWE. for an awesome and inspiring meeting & tour of the new headquarters downtown in Toronto. Thanks for the new book the WEconomy.

Jeff Hainbuch, Head of Educational Partnerships, WE, presents Robert Martellacci with the newly published WEconomy book.

Making Connections! Thanks to David Smith, Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate of Denver, is the consummate connecter looping me in with Sunil (forefront) TechStars recently, who is nurturing startups here in Canada.
Sunil Sharma (forefront) pictured with visiting Ryerson (DMZ) execs.

We welcome your comments, news stories and upcoming events!

Until next time keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

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The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Members include:

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Daniel Voci, Web and Graphic Designer
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Filomena Martellacci, Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Editor

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MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., Bosch Dremel, C21 Canada, Cisco Canada, Epson America, Follett, Global Scholar, Intel Canada, Microsoft Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Research Machines (RM) PLC UK, SMART Technologies, Steelcase.

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March 25, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories Of The Week

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Dear Thought Leader,

Another busy week in Canadian learning & technology. And, a very controversial one at that in light of this past week’s Canadian whistleblower, Christopher Wiley, formerly of Cambridge Analytica presents a learning opportunity around the highly sensitive issue of privacy and personal data in education. We’ll be delving deeper into this issue which will surely impact both K12 and post-secondary education.

I was fortunate to facilitate a lunch meeting at MaRSDD this week with Australian and Canadian trade commissioners focused on exploring synergies in EdTech knowledge exchanges. I’m looking to invite a notable keynote from Australia to our 9th Canadian Learning & Technology Leadership Summit–Designing Next Generation Sustainable Learning Environments. Save the Date! Thursday, October 11.

It was also cool host our newest partner, Osmo education from Silicon Valley for school site visits and meeting with the ministry of education as they prepare to launch their education focused version across Canada.

I hope you’re enjoying our new weekly Top10 reports. We were humbled by the many positive comments received and welcome your continued feedback and personal updates!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S GTA Colleagues you are welcome to join us at our New MindShare Workspace for a tour and stay as my guest!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

“Our government has heard the concerns of industry and we’re committed to ensuring that our higher education institutions are preparing Albertans for the economy of the future.”

(Alberta spends $50 million to boost enrolment in technical education)

– Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt 
THIS WEEK IN EDTECH recorded Periscope Podcast between Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley from VoicEd Radio
1. Alberta spends $50 million to boost enrolment in technical education
March 14th, 2018 – Global News
“Our government has heard the concerns of industry and we’re committed to ensuring that our higher education institutions are preparing Albertans for the economy of the future.”
2. Businesses, academia can make a difference in Indigenous education and employment gaps
March 20th, 2018 – CBC News

In my travels throughout Canada and abroad, I am often asked, “What does reconciliation look like?” as we try to repair the damage done by residential schools and other colonial policies that have had an impact on generations of Indigenous people.

3. Preparing teachers for 21st century challenges
March 22nd, 2018 – OECD Education
Preparing today’s students to thrive in their society is no easy task. The skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in the future are constantly changing, while others are quickly being digitised, automated or outsourced.
4. Blockchain Education Heads to Canadian Capital
March 21st, 2018 – Legal Tech News
A new blockchain-focused lab at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society is the latest in a string of new academic efforts to incorporate blockchain into law school curriculum. The University of Ottawa’s lab joins schools such as Cardozo Law, Duke and Vanderbilt, among others, currently providing curricular content for law students around blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
5. 10 Facts you Need to know about online Blended Learning
March 21st, 2018 – Contact North
Blended learning is more than just learning in the classroom and online Blended learning is the thoughtful integration of classroom and online learning that aims at taking the best advantage of the strengths of the two learning modes. Classroom activities must support online activities and vice versa for the full potential of blended learning to be realized.
6. Statement from Minister Friesen and Minister Wishart on Innovating the Delivery of New Public Schools
March 12th, 2018 – Manitoba Education
As a key deliverable of our 2018 provincial budget, we are pleased to confirm the Manitoba government will be proceeding with the construction of five new schools with initial capacity for 3,300 students and 392 child-care spaces.
7. Learn about Cool University of Ontario Insitute of
Technology Research
March 8th, 2018 – UOIT

Here’s your chance to get the scoop on some innovative research projects at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Join the university community Tuesday, March 27 for the annual Research Excellence Award Speaker Series.

Recipients of the university’s 2017 Research Excellence Award will share highlights of their work and its potential to positively impact society.

8. Microsoft Robotics Team of the Week – Team 6485
March 8th, 2018 – First Canada Robotics

Thank you to Microsoft for supporting FIRST Robotics Competition! Throughout the FRC season, we will get to know Microsoft-sponsored teams. This week we talked to  FIRST team 6485, Mecha Mustangs from L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia.

9. Entrepreneurship by design: Introducing the Sandbox Student Grant Program
March 9th, 2018 – Brookfield Institute
We are excited to announce a new partnership that will bring the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Aspiring Innovators Fellows program to a whole new level. In collaboration with Sandbox by DMZ and Zone Learning at Ryerson University, we are proud to contribute to the launch of the new Sandbox Student Grant Program.
10. Smart Cities Need Smart People
March 13th, 2018 – Medium
The  Code for Canada team is pretty fortunate. In the past year, we’ve visited communities across the country, and shared exciting discussions with innovators from every sector — from the public to private and non-profit — and every level of government.

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March 19, 2018

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Welcome to this week in EdTech Top News stories for a quick hit on the latest news across Canada and beyond!

You asked and we listened! Through our recent reader survey we discovered that you have a desire for a weekly condensed report.

Each report will feature our NEW “This week in EdTech” live stream recording on twitter simulcast on VoiceEd Radio with Stephen Hurley.

As well, we will continue to share spotlight podcasts providing you more insight on the true innovators in education from across our vast Canadian landscape.

We love receiving your news and inspirational stories! Please keep them coming!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

“Innovation starts with the creativity and ingenuity of people—specifically, people who are properly prepared to apply their brainpower in search of new solutions. That’s the basis of the innovation economy that we live in.”

-Federal budget 2018
1. THIS WEEK IN EDTECH live Podcast between Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley from VoicEd Radio
2. CoSN Annual Conference: How District CIOs can tackle the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’
March 12th, 2018
“Everything feels like it’s coming at us much, much more quickly,” Vander Ark told the audience in reference to the pace of technological development in the classroom, noting that people tend to underestimate how quickly innovation compounds itself, and thus fail to prepare for the changing world.
3. Innovative e-learning platform brings music into the classroom
February 26th, 2018
When Carlie Howell was a child, she was fortunate that her family had season tickets to the orchestra. She can still remember the moment she became enthralled with the basses while listening to a Beethoven symphony. She zeroed in on the section for the rest of the evening and soon took up the instrument herself.
4. Actua releases first of-its-kind Canadian survey on kids attitudes about coding
February 21st, 2018
Today, Actua released the results of a first-of-its-kind survey, which assessed the confidence and attitudes of Canadian kids and parents toward coding, and jobs of the future. The results revealed a largely enthusiastic cohort of students and parents, but also a persistent gender gap, a socio-economic divide, and a concerning lack of opportunity to learn to code inside and outside of Canadian schools.
5. Vancouver Startup rolls into vehicle-sharing world with electric tricycles
March 4th, 2018
Veemo is a covered e-tricycle that comes fitted with everything from a cup holder to heated handlebars. They can go anywhere a bike can, at around the same speed, with more storage space than a bike. But most importantly, users do not need a driver’s licence to ride one and that expands the market for the vehicle considerably, said one of the startup’s cofounders.
6. Canadian Budget brings multi-billion dollar boost for research
February 28th, 2018

Canada’s government has pledged to increase research and science funding by nearly C$4 billion (£3.1 billion) over the next five years, winning plaudits from academics and universities.

Finance minister Bill Morneau said that the additional funding announced in the Liberal government’s budget would include an extra C$925 million over five years for the country’s three research councils, plus C$235 million per year in subsequent years.

7. University of Waterloo partners with Chinese institutions on connected autonomous driving
March 15th, 2018

The University of Waterloo will partner with leading institutes in China to advance research in the areas of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

The partnership between Waterloo and the Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS) was solidified in an agreement recently signed by all parties.

8. 20 Canadian universities awarded $5.8M to cultivate next generation of global leadership
February 22nd, 2018
The most recent round of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, often referred to as the Queen Elizabeth Scholars program (QES), will see $5.8 million of funding to support 650 students in 20 Canadian university-led projects. Undergraduate and graduate students will enrich their academic, professional and cross-cultural skills while contributing to global projects led by participating Canadian universities.
9. Canadian colleges and institutes to play a key role in the innovation superclusters
February 20th, 2018
Last week, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced the five eagerly anticipated Innovation Superclusters – and CICan was thrilled to see many of its members from across the country involved! By sharing their expertise with the many partners involved, our members will play an important role in the success of these newly bolstered networks and help propel Canadian innovation to new levels.
10. Schneider Electric Canada donates $1M in kind to Ryerson University for Smart Building Analytics Living Lab
February 20th, 2018
Schneider Electric Canada, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced a new partnership with Ryerson University, donating $1 million in kind to design and build the new Smart Building Analytics Living Lab — the first of its kind in Canada.

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