Ontario launches new program linking business with research institutions

At McMaster Innovation Park we seek to help companies co-locate, connect, and commercialize. Read below to find out how Ontario can help make our mission easier!

Ontario is launching a new Collaboration Voucher program to give companies a competitive edge by connecting businesses with research institutions.

Through the program, eligible companies can apply for vouchers which can be redeemed for access to the expertise and knowledge at Ontario universities, colleges and research hospitals to help make their businesses more innovative and productive. Four types of vouchers are available:

  • Commercialization – to help companies launch new products
  • Innovation and Productivity – to help companies refine products and processes
  • E-Business – to help businesses take advantage of online tools to drive growth
  • Industry Association R&D Challenge – to enhance competitiveness across industry sectors

Helping businesses become more innovative, productive and competitive is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to strengthen the economy and build a fair society for all.


Quick Facts

  • Ontario Centres of Excellence is delivering the Collaboration Voucher Program on behalf of the province and is now accepting applications for all four components of the program. Visit the website for details.
  • The Collaboration Voucher program was a recommendation of the Jobs and Prosperity Council.
  • Last year Ontario ranked first for the number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects among destination states/provinces in North America with a population of more than one million.

The Collaboration Voucher program connects eligible Ontario companies with research institutions to address challenges and improve productivity, performance and competitiveness. Eligible Ontario companies receive a voucher, which is a credit, that they can redeem for expertise and resources from Ontario universities, colleges and research hospitals to advance productivity and commercialization. Four types of vouchers are available:

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) helps companies develop innovative products, processes and services with a focus on expanding export markets.

Voucher for Commercialization (VC) helps companies commercialize intellectual property developed at Ontario’s research institutions via start-up or licensing opportunities.

Voucher for E-Business (VEB) connects main street companies with contacts at Ontario colleges to help them take advantage of online tools to drive market expansion, including exports.

Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge (VIA) connects industry associations or groups of companies with Ontario’s publicly funded academic research institutions to address sector-wide research and development challenges.

The program is delivered on behalf of the Province of Ontario by Ontario Centres of Excellence. – See more at: http://www.oce-ontario.org/about-oce/collaboration-voucher-program#sthash.3aZzSrqa.dp



Natural Genius Summer Art Camp: Press Release

Hamilton Community News

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Heather Klesh, a Hamilton born & raised artist has announced a FREE summer art camp for underprivileged children ages 6-16, to be held at Mcmaster’s Innovation Park, July 8th to 12th 2013, It will start from 9 am to 5 pm. The Natural Genius Summer Art Camp includes 2 free healthy snacks & lunch, all lessons and supplies, along with a T-Shirt that reads “Attitudes are the REAL Disabilities.” Families who have no way to get to the event will be provided free bus tickets donated by the H.S.R. thereby making this event relevant to all community papers. It hopes to reach what are commonly recognized as “right brained” children whose families could not otherwise afford it. “This is a celebration of being part of the solution; there are not enough programs like this for families in need.”

Children will get two art lessons per day, for five days, along with some basic art information and current science around the ways our eyes & brain work together.

Klesh has been studying right & left brain hemispheres for decades now, along with further researching the newly accepted area called “brain plasticity” and has taught both adults & children what she calls the art of seeing better. “Ninety percent of seeing is done by the brain & only 10% by the eyes! We literally can be taught to see better and this allows for huge artistic progress, but it’s benefits are not limited to art alone.”  While there is the technical information that is provided, it is the actual exercise that follows each lesson that provides the “aha” moment.”To attach names to these children such as Learning Disabled is an oxymoron when high percentages of them are in the above average I.Q.’s. It is dismissive and self defeating. When we understand better how kids learn, kids learn better!

Klesh is self taught & has been donating her art in the community for many years including The SPCA Wiggle Waggle Walk A Thon, Troy the Police Service Dog shot & killed in the line of duty, Ace the Search & Rescue Dog who found an Ancaster resident lost in the snow for 3 days to name but a few. View the power of this information at http://portraitsbyhether.weebly.com  for yourself and help us help reach these families to give these children the advantages we all should have, but don’t.

Through the donations of our community, the likes of Mcmaster’s Innovation Park, Carstar, Roma Pizza, Dollarama, Rymal Rd Lococo’s, Hamilton Street & Railways and Klesh has this been made possible.

Natural Genius Summer Art Camp, free to low income families ages 6-16, July 8-12, from 9am-5pm at McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Rd. S, Hamilton. Contact infoonly@gmx.com to apply.  

It’s not what you look at it’s what you see

Contact: Hether Klesh, Fine Art

Hamilton Artist

Days/Evenings: 905-387-3584


More than $1M awarded for infrastructure and to enhance labs at McMaster

Daily McMaster News 

Dozens of pieces of equipment, new tools and some of the latest technological devices for water, solar cell, brain, automotive, nuclear and diagnostics research will be heading to McMaster because of more than $1M awarded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) latest Leadership Opportunity Fund competition.

Leyla Soleymani is looking forward to adapting her existing lab workspace to install new suites of equipment for her Cellular and Molecular Sensing Laboratory.

Soleymani’s lab will be dedicated to developing yet another lab – one that’s portable, can fit in a pocket and used to test and diagnose everything from diseases, infections and drug resistant pathogens.

The assistant professor of engineering physics has been awarded $110,000 for equipment that will help her develop a fully integrated and versatile lab-on-a-chip system that uses molecular sensing via a semiconductor microchip. With components on the nanoscale, the microchip will integrate several devices that can process cells, extract their genetic material, purify the wanted genetic content and detect and determine the number of disease-related genes.

The end result? A handheld unit that can provide point-of-care diagnostics where and when they’re needed – whether that’s in a clinic, a lab, in a doctor’s office or right in the home.

“This infrastructure funding gives me an opportunity to do things I was otherwise unable to do, and provides me with the resources to be successful in my research program,” Soleymani explains. “It also means that I can better train and inspire my students to be successful in their own research pursuits.”

Two of Soleymani’s colleagues from the department of engineering physics were also awarded funding, as were two fellow engineers from civil and mechanical engineering, as well as faculty from science and health sciences.

“These engineers and scientists have been recognized by the CFI for funding because of their promise as research leaders,” said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president, research and international affairs. “Whether they’re in the first few years of establishing labs here at McMaster or expanding their facility’s capabilities, their research programs will provide students with the opportunity to work with the latest technologies and participate in research that will not only lead to improvements in our quality of life, but will also benefit the Canadian economy.”

Below are the other six research successful projects supported by the Leaders Opportunity Fund:

Civil engineer Younggy Kim will be furthering his research in wastewater treatment with funding that will allow him to acquire an essential electrochemical instrument to address some of the major challenges in his field of research. Kim’s research team will be tackling: the high costs for biosolids (sludge)treatment and disposal; risks related to land application of biosolids containing heavy metals; and the removal of nutrient compounds. His $44,334 infrastructure grant for the development of innovative methods for wastewater treatment using bioelectrochemical systems for biosolids minimization and effective removal of nutrients and heavy metals will contribute to a clean and healthy environment in Canada.

Shinya Nagasaki Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management will use his $100,000 award for equipment that will form a central facility for the study of used nuclear fuel disposal – the only such facility available at a Canadian university. His research program will provide unique training opportunities for graduate students, post-graduate personnel and undergraduate summer students – all urgently needed in order to meet the growth and demographic issues in the nuclear industry. Nagasaki’s project Sorption Phenomena of Actinides in Brine/Solid Interface – Development of Sorption Model and Evaluation of Sorption Data will benefit the Canadian nuclear industry by contributing to the understanding of safety and security of used nuclear fuel disposal.

Hao Peng assistant professor, medical physics and applied radiation sciences, will be using his $80,000 grant to purchase a key system for his lab to help him develop three new Positron Emission Tomography (PET) detector technologies. These technologies will enable early disease detection and better assessment of treatment at earlier stages for breast cancer and cardiac disease. His project Infrastructure for developing new imaging technologies to enhance the sensitivity of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for molecular imagingwill reduce disease burden and improve patient outcomes.

Karun Singh, associate professor, biochemistry and biomedical sciences and Deda Gillespie, psychology, neuroscience and behaviour have been funded $400,000 for Infrastructure to study brain development disorders using neural cellular models. Singh and Gillespie will utilize innovative research tools to establish a pioneering brain disease research program at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCCRI). Their research program will capitalize on their strengths as neuroscientists and stem cell biologists to address the lack of understanding of brain development disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Singh and Gillespie will create the first human brain stem cell program focused on brain disorders by studying the genetic factors that cause neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders using patient-derived neural cells. Their brain stem cell program brings together neuroscience, genetics and stem cell biology, exposing young scientists to cutting-edge, multidisciplinary neural cell research.

Brenda Vrkljan, associate professor, school of rehabilitation science, and Robert Fleisig, assistant professor, mechanical engineering, will combine their respective expertise to explore Innovations in automobile design for an aging population. Their $200,000 award will help equip their lab with real-time testing systems and an adjustable vehicle mock-up to develop innovations aimed at the automotive industry. Their research program has a dual approach: to perform ergonomic analysis of the older user-vehicle interface with the focus on understanding the experience of older users and determining how changes in vehicle design, including after-market products, affect performance;  and combining rapid prototyping with user-trials to rigourously assess designs involving older users.

Ayse Turak assistant professor, engineering physics, has been awarded $80,000 for essential equipment for her Organic Photovoltaics Laboratory. Solar photovoltaic energy conversion is recognized as a solution to satisfying energy demands while reducing adverse impacts on the environment. Turak will explore emerging organic technologies to  investigate organic approaches that will decrease the environmental and fiscal manufacturing costs of photovoltaic solar cells. The students in her research team will also have the opportunity to work with third generation photovoltaic technologies, providing them with a chance to enter the competitive field of sustainable energy.

“Our Government’s investments in research infrastructure provide top researchers at Canadian universities with world-class facilities,” said Minister of State Goodyear. “Canadians are seeing the benefits of these investments through growing clusters of industrial activity, innovative spinoff companies and high-quality jobs in the growing knowledge sector.”

“CFI funding provides the vital equipment and labs our enterprising researchers need to push the boundaries of science,” says Gilles G. Patry, president and CEO of the CFI. “Cutting-edge facilities are magnets that attract the best research talent from around the world and act as key training grounds for a new generation of Canadian innovators.”


McMaster receives $31M Commitment from Heart and Stroke Foundation

McMaster receives $31M commitment from Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has committed to at least $31 million in research funding for McMaster University over the next 10 years, as part of the charity’s new research funding approach.

McMaster has been chosen as one of 19 leading Canadian research institutions for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s unprecedented $300 million, multi-year commitment to its newly formed Heart and Stroke Foundation Research Leadership Circle.

The initiative will direct the majority of Foundation research dollars toward partner institutions. The goal of the Heart and Stroke Foundation is to reduce Canadians’ rate of death from heart disease and stroke by 25 per cent by 2020.

“McMaster University is a world leader in cardiovascular disease research and the longstanding support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation has enabled our researchers to make ground breaking discoveries. We look forward to continuing this partnership through the Research Leadership Circle,” said Dr. Stephen Collins, associate dean, research for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“With the Foundation’s long term funding commitment, and with our close relationships with affiliated hospitals in Hamilton, we envisage continued success in developing better understanding and treatments to help make people healthier.”

Dr. Sonia Anand is a professor of medicine at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research, one of four endowed chairs at McMaster sponsored in part by the Foundation. She is also director of the vascular medicine clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences.

“The long-term commitment of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and its donors to funding the very best heart and stroke disease research has always put wind under the wings of cardiovascular researchers. This future-oriented pledge is another sign of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s commitment to research, and it is much appreciated,” she said.

McMaster and its affiliated academic hospital partners Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton are known as having the highest cited cardiovascular research group in the world.

“Simply put, there’s an urgent need to save more lives faster and that’s why the Foundation has brought together the Research Leadership Circle,” said David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.  “This $300 million commitment will allow our partners an unprecedented ability to plan major research projects, foster greater collaboration and attract even more of the world’s best researchers within and outside of Canada to fight these insidious diseases.”

Since 1952, the Foundation has provided more than $1.35 billion to heart and stroke research in Canada– second only to the federal government.   But, until now there has never been an up-front commitment to support long-term research planning.

“The time has come to establish a new, more aggressive and coordinated approach to ending heart disease and stroke, so we’ve partnered with some of the highest performing researchers in Canada to get the job done,” said Irfhan Rawji, past Chair of the Foundation and one of the architects of the Research Leadership Circle.

Over the past 60 years, research has helped reduce Canadians’ rate of death from heart disease and stroke by approximately 75 per cent.   However despite these impressive gains, heart disease and stroke still account for almost 30 per cent of all deaths every year in Canada.

Notwithstanding the advance commitments to the Research Leadership Circle partners, the Foundation’s merit-based, peer review process will continue to govern all funding.



The future and legacy of Hamilton’s Innovation Factory

CBC Hamilton  

About four years ago, Ron Neumann sat in a room with entrepreneur Mark Chamberlain and drew him a picture of an innovation ecosystem he imagined.

Neumann was, at that time, the entrepreneur-in-residence with a long history of start-ups at Communitech, a well-known incubator in Waterloo. He was introduced to Chamberlain, founder of Oscar-winning camera tech company WesCam, because they both wanted to “bring the innovation community in Hamilton alive,” Neumann said.

In February of 2010, the Innovation Factory, headed up by Chamberlain, Neumann and former chief operating officer Keanin Loomis, opened with a minister-attended unveiling. It was the first new regional innovation centre recognized by the Ontario government, he said.

Neumann made a three-year commitment and is moving on this week. Now, the reigns are handed over to new executive David Carter, the former chief technology officer-in-residence who has lots of faith in the local innovation community.

“Hamilton is at par compared with much of what’s going on in the States,” he said. “They have more, not better.”

The 48-year-old learned about running a business with technology when the owner of the restaurant he worked at while attending Ryerson University bought a PC.

He struck a conversation with a group at a table he was serving about computers (“why is the waiter going on about computers?” Carter guessed the guests were thinking), and ended up with an analyst job at the Toronto Stock Exchange. From there, he worked for Microsoft before starting his own business, Awareness Inc, a major social media marketing company.

“No one taught entrepreneurship at the time,” Carter said — he learned those skills on the job.

Being a “data guy,” Carter wants to come up with a management system to track client meetings, connections and collaborations and make sure Hamilton get the cred it deserves for what happens here.

“We need to promote Hamilton on the world-stage,” he said.

Carter also hopes iF can continue to be “a cheerleader” for innovation in the city, and bring various sectors together.

“There is a feeling across the city that people have to innovate,” he said. “There is so much work to be done.”

Changing the culture of innovation

“There was no co-ordination, no agenda,” Neumann said, of Hamilton’s innovation culture when iF opened its doors.

And, when they did open their doors, iF had zero clients. Now, they have 475.

Innovation Factory is run by a board of directors, but is largely funded by the Ontario government.

The Ministry of Research and Innovation confirms iF received $1.3 million from 2010-2013.

“We really haven’t slowed down,” he said.

Neumann worked hard to attract local entrepreneurs and business-minded investors. One of those first connections turned into Weever Apps, a now-international mobile app company. They just acquired the Radisson Hotel in Dubai as a client.

“Something stuck that this [iF] had teeth,” Richard said. “Ron Neumann’s reputation, we knew that carried a lot of weight.”

Since iF took Weever on three years ago, the community has changed in Hamilton.

“When I was considering moving back to Hamilton 10 years ago,” Richard said, “I didn’t think it would be the place for innovation.”

Like Richard mentioned, there is something unique about how Neumann handled iF and the broader community.

“We lead with culture… and showed what a start-up culture felt like,” Neumann said. “[iF] provided a container that things can actually happen in, that collisions can happen in.”

One of the greatest triumphs in providing this culture at iF has come within the last six months, and all it took was a location change.

In moving to a bigger office on the main floor of McMaster’s Innovation Park, iF created the Innovation Destination, an open space with a coffee bar for clients to meet and work. It’s one big, room of ideas and business deals waiting to happen.

“[Weever Apps] is privileged to be in the same building,” Richard said. “There is a constant buzz of people there having coffee, business people, engineers… It’s amazing what they’ve done.”

Carter agrees. One of the things he likes most about his new office is that big space where collisions can happen.

Also under Neumann’s direction, iF attracted clients in the bustling health science sector.

“We kept thinking, ‘we got to get into this community,” Neumann recalled.

He brought in executive-in-residence Bernard Lim, an entrepreneur in the health and life sciences sector who has lead start-ups and large corporations, to bridge that gap.

Now, Neumann said iF has 30 “good” clients in that industry.

iF also developed the LiFT program from scratch, meant to support the growing number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) once they surpass the start-up phase.

That’s the program that still supports Weever Apps, and is used “verbatim,” Neumann said, at four other regional innovation centres across the province.

New management

As a long-time client of iF, Richard first hoped the new executive would bring consistency, not break the advancement that’s happened in the past three years. Richard is excited with iF’s pick.

“Now, David brings knowledge of technology,” he said. “He’ll dig deeper… and help to provide that mentorship.”

Yes, Carter is a technology professional, but he assures that he has lots to offer to iF’s non-technology clients.

“I’ve always thought of myself as a bridger of technologies into other business,” he said. “I’d really talk to them about how to manage their business, technology or not, their business plan, both how to keep yourself honest and how you communicate what you’re business will be.”

Next steps

Neumann is moving back to start-ups and will reveal little details about what his new business is, only that it’s an innovation problem solving methodology.”

It’s something he’s been working on for about a decade, long before iF was in his cards. But on that same day he drew a picture for Mark Chamberlain, he also said this initiative is what he’d leave iF with.

“It was a chapter in my book that was written in advance,” he said.

Fostering the Innovation Ecosystem in Hamilton Ontario

Hamillton Startups: Cities learn it takes a village to foster a generation of Entrepreneurs

Financial Post 

On a cool night in April, a who’s who of Hamilton’s young professional world gathered in the back of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Design Annex, a space opened in 2012 on the increasingly hip James Street North stretch of galleries, shops, restaurants and studios.

There were city councillors, McMaster University professors, entrepreneurs, and business contacts in real estate, consulting and all kinds of creative industries. They were there to celebrate the two-year anniversary of an executive roundtable series that has hosted 24 sessions of senior business people passing on their knowledge to the city’s up-and-coming younger generation of entrepreneurs and professionals, discussing everything from marketing and social media to legal advice and property  options.

On this occasion, Joe Accardi, the 28-year-old economics graduate from Toronto who started the roundtables, passes on the torch to a new chair.

“I used to get deflated by the local community when I would speak of the bright future and renewal,” Mr. Accardi said of the business atmosphere when he moved to Hamilton just a few years ago. “I would be told that ‘I’ve heard that before’ or ‘We already tried that.’ Now when I speak of what’s happening, there are more inspirers than deflaters: ‘Yeah, it’s happening.’ ”

Within the few years he has been here, Mr. Accardi started up the roundtable series, began running a property management company, and, just last year, opened The Green Smoothie Bar on James Street and a social business space called Platform 302, similar to Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation.

He is a testament to what is possible when a city fosters its business-hungry, creative young people, something Hamilton and many several other middle-sized cities have focused on in the past five years.

In the city once known for its big industry, there is now a “spirit of optimism” among its small business community, says Marvin Ryder, an assistant professor of marketing and entrepreneurship from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.

Mr. Ryder says the positive outlook is largely due to a well-timed coincidence of effort from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the local Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) and McMaster’s Innovation Park in fostering the region’s newer generation of entrepreneurs and young professionals.

“Everyone’s trying to do a little something so you have what appears to be a nice ground swell,” he said.

Hamilton has had its share of attention in the past year as many are flocking to the city for its cheaper real estate and growing arts community, with the art crawl on James Street North as a symbol of renewal of the city’s downtown. Many of its 10,000 or so graduates from local post-secondary institutions, who once would have left the city after graduating, are staying. Heritage buildings are up for rent, and they’re affordable. And many businesses in the technology and arts sectors now require less startup costs than did the manufacturing businesses of the previous generation.


But many are pointing to the success of local networking groups such as Mr. Accardi’s executive roundtables that have connected the various generations of entrepreneurs and inspired further growth.

Another group called Hamilton Hive, which began in 2010, was promoted as a best practice in February at the annual conference of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO). It is similar to a regional LinkedIn, but it also has a mentoring component and runs a large annual conference, Hive X.

“There are a lot of new young professional groups emerging from chambers of commerce and boards of trade,” says Nirvana Champion, chair of the Young Professionals Network within the EDCO, a committee she founded just two years ago.  “It’s an increasing focus… It is quite important because those are your next leaders, your next entrepreneurs.”

Glenn Lowson photo for National Post

Glenn Lowson photo for National PostSisters, Melissa, left, and Danielle Height at their business The Green Smoothie Bar in downtown Hamilton.

Champion points to other groups in cities not too far from Hamilton that have been trying to inspire its younger wave of business people: Niagara Next, Emerging Leaders in London, Ont., and the Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury.

Examples of similar new groups exist across the country. Fusion Halifax, which started five years ago, went from 10 founding board members to a present-day 3,500 members. It hosts a monthly networking event and an annual mentorship program.

Current chair Sarah Levy MacLeod, 30, was a mentee a few years ago and says “mentorship is a critically important piece specifically when building that next generation of leaders.”

The group and its events, including annual awards and Viva City, a development symposium, has really helped make the business community feel closer, she says.

“The job market here tends to be quite closed, there are a lot of advertised positions but there are just as many positions not advertised.  It kind of does become about who you know,” she says.

Back in Hamilton, 28-year-old Danielle Height, who co-owns the smoothie bar with Mr. Accardi, says the strategy is working.

“It’s a huge movement,” she says. “Once you know a few people in the business community, all they want to do is help you; they want to pass you around and help you thrive.”

Ms. Height also runs a design company with twin sister Melissa, who is the current chair of Hamilton Hive.

It’s a large business community, but somehow, they all seem connected, admits Michael Marini of Hamilton’s Economic Development Division.

“It’s a city of over 500,000 but it’s a city of 500 because everyone knows someone through someone.”

CLSA: The Science of Aging Well

It’s seniors’ month! Read about the Canadian Longitiduinal Study on Aging here at McMaster Innovation Park as they explore how we age and why we age differently

Hamilton Spectator

Each year in June we honour the lives and contributions of older Ontarians during Seniors’ Month. This year’s theme — the art of living — celebrates the unique approach we all take to living and growing older in this province. It also raises an important question in the midst of rapid demographic change in Ontario: How can we improve our chances of aging well?

In Ontario, there are 1.9 million seniors. During the next two decades, that number will double. Aging has become a critical issue for governments, health-care organizations, service providers, communities and citizens who want to better understand what this shift means for society.

One of the ways that question is being explored is through the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), one of the largest, most comprehensive studies of aging, and a strategic initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The CLSA involves a national team of more than 160 researchers and collaborators who are following 50,000 randomly-selected men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 for the next 20 years. Data collection occurs through telephone interviews, home interviews and visits to data collection sites. In Ontario, the CLSA has two sites — one at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton and another at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa. By 2015, more than 10,000 Ontarians will take part in the study.

The CLSA explores how we age, why we each age differently, what causes disease and disability as we grow older, and how we manage the changes that accompany the aging process. For the first time, we are examining the interaction between many factors — biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and wealth — to learn the impact they have on aging and health.

Through the CLSA, we will learn what factors best support healthy aging, and how and when we should intervene. Findings from CLSA will provide decision- and policy-makers with the evidence-based information they need to develop new health programs and services to meet the changing needs of the population.

What we learn will challenge us to rethink how we see the aging process, and the aged. We will see more clearly the benefits of health promotion, evidence-based public and health-care policy, social marketing of healthy choices and community supports that help us stay independent and healthy in our own homes and communities.

We know that more than 80 per cent of older adults live independently in their own communities and homes and the remaining 20 per cent have complex health issues that require ongoing support from the health and social care system. As a society, one of our goals is to keep the 80 per cent healthy and independent for as long as possible, and provide dignity and appropriate care to the remaining 20 per cent with complex health issues. That is the challenge in front of us.

In light of Seniors’ Month, we need to consider what growing old and staying healthy longer really means. As this year’s theme reminds us, we all live and age differently. But there is a science behind the aging process, and we need to know a great deal more about it. Then, as a society, we must radically change how we approach getting older. Because we know aging well is not just about living longer — it’s about living better.


Dr. Parminder Raina is the lead principal investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) at McMaster Innovation Park and a professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University.

Hamilton Healthcare Non-Profits Accredited under Imagine Canada

24 more organizations accredited by Imagine Canada Standards Program including two Hamilton based organizations; Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation

From the Wall Street Journal

TORONTO, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada’s charities and nonprofits, today announces the latest group of 24 organizations to be accredited under its national Standards Program. This program now boasts a total of 45 organizations that have achieved the distinction of accreditation.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to demonstrate their compliance in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. It helps organizations mitigate risk by ensuring that staff and volunteers understand and meet their legal, financial and fiduciary responsibilities.

“There is a sense of a shift among charities and nonprofits as more organizations reach towards self-regulation and a shared set of common standards. We, and the 24 organizations accredited this month are proud to be part of that shift,” says Marcel Lauzière, president and CEO of Imagine Canada.

Builds Public Confidence

Among the Standards Program’s goals are the ability to increase an organization’s transparency and capacity, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the nonprofit sector as a whole. Accredited organizations are awarded a program Trustmark so they can showcase their achievement in their material, for example tax receipts, program brochures, website etc.

Transparent, peer-review process

Accredited organizations’ policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance have been evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the rigorous, externally established standards. This helps staff focus on the mission of their organization, knowing that potential areas of concern have been addressed and that policies are in place.

Newly Accredited Organizations

Allergy / Asthma Information Association
Aurora Cultural Centre
British Columbia SPCA
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Feed the Children
Cataraqui Conservation Foundation
Cridge Centre for the Family, The
CultureLink Settlement Services
Food for Life Canada Charitable Corporation
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Healthy Families Healthy Futures
John Howard Society of Ontario
Kids Help Phone
London Health Sciences Foundation
Ontario Lung Association
Pathways to Education Canada
Save the Children Canada
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation
United Way of London & Middlesex
Volunteer Calgary
Whistler Community Services Society
WISH Inc. (Women in Second Stage Housing)
Youth Science Canada

The Standards Program is made possible with the financial contributions from founding and presenting sponsor Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life; funded by BMO Financial Group and The Printing House; and, friends KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.).

Additional information about the Standards Program available at imaginecanada.ca/standards

Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.

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Director, Marketing & Communications


1.800.263.1178 x244 or 416.597.2293 x244 Amanda Mayer [French media]

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Cardiologist Dr. Salim Yusuf still a ‘hot’ researcher

From McMaster Daily News

For the second year in a row, Dr. Salim Yusuf has been named to the esteemed list of the world’s leading scientific researchers by ScienceWatch.

Yusuf — a professor of medicine in McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and a leader in the research and prevention of cardiovascular disease — was named one of the “Hottest Scientific Researchers of 2012,” with 11 successful papers published last year. The definition of “hot” is measured by how many times one’s research papers are cited by fellow scientists, based on data collected from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge.

Throughout his career, Yusuf has led more than 25 major trials and published more than 800 articles. His research collaboration on the prevention of heart disease and improving treatments following a heart attack or stroke involves 85 countries. Yusuf is founder and director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), vice-president of research for HHS, and president-elect of the World Heart Federation.

Christopher Young, the editor of ScienceWatch, said the annual hottest research ranking, “offers a unique perspective on the trends and influencers who are shaping the future of science.” Thomson Reuters’ ScienceWatch is an open web resource for science metrics and research performance analysis.

By: Veronica McGuire

Media Release: Innovation Factory Announces New Executive Director

Innovation Factory Announces New Executive Director

Hamilton, ON (June 17, 2013) – Innovation Factory (iF), Hamilton’s Regional Innovation Centre, announced today that David Carter has been appointed as their new Executive Director.

After an extensive search by iF’s board members, David’s skillset and experience was determined to be the right fit for the position, and he will commence his role on June 24, 2013.

A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, David has been the CTO-in-Residence at iF since February of 2013, with initial involvement at iF commencing in early 2011.

David brings over 25 years of experience in technology and business strategy to the role, working as both as the former CTO and co-founder of Awareness Inc., and at Microsoft in various Sales and Marketing roles. David is enthusiastic about technology, processes, and team building and their measurable impact on a company.

“David was a natural fit for the role based on his involvement with Innovation Factory, but he also brings a wide range of experience in this field to the table,” stated Mark Chamberlain, Chairman of the Board for iF. “We are confident that David will continue to build upon the success of the Innovation Factory.”

David is following in the steps of Ron Neumann, who will be leaving iF at the end of the month to start his own business, having completed his three-year employment commitment.

“I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished in the past three years here in Hamilton,” stated Ron Neumann, “I leave knowing that iF is in great hands and have truly appreciated the support of the iF staff and the Board during my tenure.”

As a Waterdown resident, David knows the passion for innovation is growing in Hamilton.

“Ron’s leadership has been instrumental in establishing Innovation Factory and a community of innovation in Hamilton. I am excited to be taking on this new role and to leverage the hard work of Ron and his team to continue to develop relationships with Hamilton’s Innovation community,” stated David Carter. “There is something so invigorating about the feeling in Hamilton today, people are excited about the opportunities to start a business here. Innovation Factory will continue to play a strategic role in connecting companies, researchers and entrepreneurs with strategic service providers and resources. I believe we have the opportunity to help shape the future of Hamilton.”

As Executive Director, David will be responsible for the strategic leadership and financial management of the organization.

About Innovation Factory
Innovation Factory is the Regional Innovation Centre for Hamilton in the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, leveraging funding and support from all three levels of government and the city’s top private sector and institutional partners. Our goal is to stimulate economic activity in this city by helping Hamilton businesses embrace the principals of innovation. A member of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE), we are focused on strengthening Hamilton’s next generation of job generators. innovationfactory.ca

Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is Ontario’s innovation system.

Media Contact
Emily Kinread, Marketing & Communications Manager, Emily.kinread[at]innovationfactory.ca, 905.667.2611