NEWS FROM THE SUPERCLUSTER

May 14, 2020

The Latest

Update: NGen Launches Innovative Solutions to Fight COVID-19

NGen announced it has invested more than $21 million in projects that will lead to the production in Canada of critically needed technologies, equipment, and medical devices to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

Since NGen announced its COVID-19 funding program in late March, it has received over 900 expressions of interest from advanced manufacturing companies across Canada. The projects approved so far include the development and manufacturing of ventilators and components, test kits, face shields, and a coating material that kills bacteria and viruses on contact. 

NGen worked closely with the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada’s National Research Council, Health Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to prioritize projects for funding that will deliver the most immediate benefits to Canadians. Read more_>

Mise à jour: NGen lance des solutions innovantes pour lutter contre le COVID-19 

NGen a annoncé qu'elle a investi plus de 21 millions de dollars dans des projets qui rendront possible la production au Canada des technologies, de l’équipement et des dispositifs médicaux essentiels pour lutter contre la COVID-19.

Depuis que NGen a annoncé son programme de financement lié à la COVID-19 à la fin du mois de mars, l’organisme a reçu plus de 900 manifestations d'intérêt de la part d'entreprises de fabrication de pointe de diverses régions du Canada. Les projets approuvés à ce jour portent entre autres sur la conception et la fabrication de respirateurs et de leurs composantes, de trousses de dépistage, de visières et d'un matériau de revêtement qui tue les bactéries et les virus au contact. 

NGen a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec le ministère de l'Innovation, des Sciences et du Développement économique, le Conseil national de recherches du Canada, Santé Canada et l'Agence de santé publique du Canada afin de classer par ordre de priorité les projets à financer qui apporteront les avantages les plus immédiats aux Canadiens. Lire la suite_>


NGen on the East Coast

On Monday, April 20, NGen CEO, Jayson Myers joined Springboard Atlantic CEO, Daryl Genge for a live video interview hosted by Atlantic Business Magazine. 

NGen sur la côte Est 

Le lundi 20 avril, le PDG de NGen, Jason Myers, a rejoint le PDG de Springboard Atlantic, Daryl Genge pour une interview vidéo en direct animée par Atlantic Business Magazine.

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Click here to view the full interview and learn more about NGen’s presence and future plans in Atlantic Canada. 

Cliquez ici pour accéder à l'interview complète et en savoir plus sur la présence de NGen et ses projets futurs dans la région de l'Atlantique. 


U of G Research Behind Surface Coating That Kills COVID-19 Virus

Covid-ProjectA surface coating that kills viruses upon contact, like the COVID-19-causing coronavirus, and that lasts for weeks is based on innovation developed by the University of Guelph and Guelph-based company EnvisionSQ. This self-sterilizing nano-coating, called NanoCleanSQ, is among the latest Canadian technologies to receive funding from the government’s Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) program. Read more_>

COVID-19 information

COVID-19: Resources for Canadian Businesses

The following resources are being compiled by NGen to help medical-licensed manufacturers provide a high-quality, rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Critical Resource Bank

COVID-19 Capabilities

COVID-19 Project Application Guide

Government Resources

Resources for Manufacturers

Safe Work Playbook

An interactive guide for COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Learn more_>


CSA Standards Available

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) has made a selection of relevant standards available for no-fee view access through the online platform CSA Communities. You can also visit the CSA Group website for an overview of what is now available.

CSA Group has also published several free research papers that may be of assistance to organizations in Canada in light of the COVID-19 situation. Below are links to specific papers of interest at this time:

If you are a manufacturer or emergency service responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and require access to a standard, please contact sales@csagroup.org so that we can arrange for complimentary working access to the document.

Normes CSA disponibles

En raison de la pandémie de COVID-19, l’Association canadienne de normalisation (Groupe CSA) a décidé de donner accès gratuitement à l’affichage d’un certain nombre de normes pertinentes, par l’entremise de la plateforme des communautés CSA accessible en ligne. Vous pouvez aussi consulter la liste des normes disponibles sur le site Web du Groupe CSA.

Le Groupe CSA a aussi publié plusieurs rapports de recherche gratuits (disponibles en anglais seulement) qui pourraient soutenir les organisations canadiennes en lien avec la situation ayant trait à la COVID-19. Veuillez suivre les liens suivants pour accéder à ces rapports :

Si, en tant que fabricant ou fournisseur de service d’urgence, vous participez aux efforts liés à la pandémie de COVID-19 et avez besoin, dans le cadre de votre travail, d’accéder à une norme, veuillez communiquer avec nous à sales@csagroup.org afin que nous puissions vous donner accès au document concerné gratuitement.

NRC COVID-19 Response

NGen is working closely with NRC IRAP to coordinate the use of IRAP funding for technology development and procurement with NGen’s own funding and industry support initiatives. The $15 million COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from SMEs (fewer than 500 staff). Qualifying firms may receive financial support to refine and sell their product or solution. Read more_>

La réponse du CNRC à la COVID-19

NGen collabore étroitement avec le PARI CNRC et assure une utilisation coordonnée des fonds du PARI CNRC pour le développement et l’acquisition de technologies, d’une part, et du financement et des initiatives de soutien industriel de NGen, d’autre part. Le programme d’acquisition de défis COVID-19, doté d’un budget de 15 millions de dollars, affichera des défis auxquels pourront s’attaquer les PME (moins de 500 employés) afin d’y trouver des solutions quasi commerciales. Les entreprises admissibles pourront recevoir un soutien financier pour développer leur produit ou leur solution et les vendre. Lire la suite_>

Online Events

Best Manufacturing Apps Conference

Date: May 26, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM (ET)

Microsoft & VOX ISM are pleased to offer their third annual Best Manufacturing Apps Conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Best Manufacturing Apps Conference will be conducted online. NGen's Christy Michalak will be a featured speaker.

The Best Manufacturing Apps Conference showcases the Top 10 Manufacturing Apps that work with Microsoft’s ERP software – Dynamics 365 Business Central for Canadian manufacturers.

This is a 90-minute event, and each vendor will present their product for 7 minutes online to showcase their Manufacturing App.

After the first 90 minutes, if you like the App, each vendor will have an open online conference room to answer your specific questions and show you the software in more detail. Register here

Rebuilding Local Supply Chains: Mask Manufacturing

Date: May 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM ET

OCE is hosting a supply chain webinar. With #COVID19 causing global supply chain disruptions, companies have been challenged to rebuild these chains locally.

Join the webinar with experts from across the mask production supply chain to discuss their journey and lessons learned as they pivot to produce PPEs and how these learnings can be applied to other sectors. Register here

NGen Partners Corner

Connect to Industry 4.0: Become a Factory of the Future

PLant-Industry4.0So, why are Canadian SMEs reluctant to adopt technology they know will make them more competitive?

“The biggest challenge in Canada is that we have, on both the manufacturing and technology side, an awful lot of small companies,” explains Jayson Myers, CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, a not-for-profit based in Hamilton. It matches manufacturers with new technologies to drive advanced manufacturing in Canada. Read more_>


NGen is Still Open for Business 

NGen continues to support collaborative, industry-led projects intent on building world leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada. 

Project applications are invited at https://members.ngen.ca/supercluster-projects 

To be eligible to apply for NGen projects you need to be an member, it is free. Join here

NGen est toujours en activité.

NGen continue d'appuyer les projets de collaboration dirigés par l'industrie qui visent à créer au Canada des capacités de fabrication de pointe de calibre mondial.

Nous vous invitons à présenter vos demandes de financement de projets à https://members.ngen.ca/supercluster-projects.

Pour être éligible à postuler pour des projets NGen, vous devez être membre, c'est gratuit. Rejoignez-nous ici

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