A Great Time for Canadian Innovation

By Dr. Paul Smith

Dr. Paul Smith
Dr. Paul Smith, Vice President, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

Imagine the possibilities: printing electronics to create sensors and devices for the internet of things (IoT); smart packaging; industrial printing; and, smart textiles. Our researchers think about these, and many other opportunities, as we develop our future technology strategy based around printing beyond paper.

Enter the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. This federal initiative in Canada will provide new opportunities for start-ups, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and multi-nationals like Xerox, to develop technologies that will change the world.

It’s a good fit for Xerox, which is why the Xerox Research Centre of Canada played a critical role in creating and submitting a successful bid that qualified the supercluster for federal investments under the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative. Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Honorable Navdeep Bains, announced the bid’s success earlier this year.

The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, now known as Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, focuses on areas that include Xerox’s research and technical expertise in topics such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT).

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The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) is one reason why Innovation Leader magazine named Toronto the 8th most influential city for corporate innovation in North America.

The Canadian Campus for Advanced Materials Manufacturing is a collaboration between the XRCC and the National Research Council of Canada that seeks to accelerate the commercialization of advanced materials research outcomes. This collaboration will play an important role in Next Generation Manufacturing Canada.

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada promises to play a critical role in the success of the Canadian economy. It will help position Canadian manufacturers to become world-leaders in the application of advanced technologies, and will help our technology firms build the next generation of tools for advanced manufacturing.

The scientists and staff at the Xerox Research Centre Canada, already known as national and international innovation leaders, are proud to be major players in this Canadian initiative.

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