The University of Northern British Columbia is set to play a major role in Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster Initiative.
The #superclusters announced today will not only position Canada as a global leader in innovation, they are job generators, and will create tens of thousands of middle class jobs for Canadians. #cdnpoli #cdninnovation https://t.co/p08fl1gCLE pic.twitter.com/EMM9wiuERm— Navdeep Bains (@NavdeepSBains) February 15, 2018
This initiative will spur new regional, national and global economic opportunities to address productivity, health and sustainability challenges that Canada is currently facing.
UNBC is among six B.C. post-secondary institutions that will collaborate with national corporate leaders who share a similar vision for Canada’s future.
Other universities will include Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia, along with Emily Carr University and the B.C. Institute of Technology.
Congratulations to all B.C. organizations involved in the federal superclusters competition, and to our B.C.-based winners, the digital technology supercluster! #superclusters #BCTECH pic.twitter.com/uxtaO0npSn— Bruce Ralston (@BruceRalston) February 15, 2018
“UNBC has a terrific research community, fueled by the inquisitive nature and technical expertise of our faculty and students,” said Interim Vice President Research and Graduate Programs Geoff Payne.
“Working together, and as part of a larger consortium, will improve our research and development, improve our talent development, and help create an environment that empowers economic development and diversification for the North.”
The B.C. government plans to invest $950 million under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
Five superclusters will be part of this initiative:
The investment is expected to create over 50,000 middle-class jobs and grow Canada’s economy by $50 billion over a 10 year period.
“UNBC continues to participate in and create opportunities that will not only enhance our research culture but transform lives in Northern B.C. and around the world,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks.
“We are leaders in building partnerships that enhance the success of communities we work with, and the opportunity to participate in the creation of pathways to the North that will lead to new forms of industry partnership is exciting.”
Investments in innovation and technology will transform the way we solve problems and help us harness new opportunities. UNBC is proud to be a part of the #DigitalSupercluster #UnivResearch https://t.co/5GndJZQm6D— UNBC (@UNBC) February 15, 2018
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