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Globe and Mail: Ottawa names winners of $950-million ‘supercluster’ funding

Superclusters, Innovation Canada, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Innovation Ontario, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligenceThe federal government on Thursday announced that five industry consortia will receive $950-million under its flagship innovation funding initiative to create “superclusters” to drive economic growth in high-potential sectors.

The winners are:

  • An “AI-powered supply chain” supercluster led by Quebec City’s Optel Group and backed by such Quebec Inc. mainstays as BCE Inc, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Montreal’s Institute for Data Valorization and dozens of other companies and research organizations including the University of Waterloo. The bid was one of two from Quebec; another that drew together players from the province’s aerospace industry did not make the cut.
  • An “advanced manufacturing” supercluster, a bid drawing together key players from the Toronto-Hamilton-Waterloo corridor and led by innovation hub organizations Communitech of Waterloo and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, that aims to help improve manufacturing efficiencies through the use of new technologies. Other backers include auto parts maker Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Waterloo smart city technologies starup Miovision Technologies Inc., smart clothing maker Myant inc. and University of Toronto

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