Supporting & Connecting Canadian Clusters

Strengthening The Ecosystem

NGen is strengthening the ecosystem by supporting and connecting advanced manufacturing clusters across Canada. We’re building a Supercluster that is itself a collaborative network of innovation clusters.

In 2020-2021, NGen facilitated the creation of three advanced manufacturing clusters, bringing together companies and research organizations in the fields of additive manufacturing, robotics and automation, and the manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

NGen approved investments in nine other advanced manufacturing clusters across Canada, with a total membership of more than 1,700 SMEs.

By connecting these clusters to each other, introducing them to NGen programs, and facilitating access to support services from key NGen partners like BDO, RBC, EDC, BDC, and Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, NGen has boosted their performance and those of their members.

NGen support has enabled:

The Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA)

to organize a virtual trade mission to South America and identify over $20 billion in new business opportunities.

The Alberta Manufacturing Export Enhancement Network

to develop a collaborative approach for improving manufacturing capabilities, finding new markets, and forming an Indigenous Manufacturing Cluster in the province.

The Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario

to organize 16 virtual events allowing members to identify and share best practices in advanced manufacturing management and export development.

Canada’s NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN)

based at the University of British Columbia, to establish itself, increase membership, and develop digital tools to support its members.

The Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC)

to develop an AI tool to promote Ontario’s aerospace capabilities and develop collaborative partnerships across Canada and around the world.

Nova Scotia’s Verschuren Centre

to develop a cleantech bio-industrial cluster supporting start-ups manufacturing bio-ingredients as they commercialize and scale up their products.

Photons Canada

based in Quebec City, to organize networking and collaboration events for their members to identify new opportunities to commercialize sensor and optic technologies in manufacturing.

Materials Atlantic

based in Nova Scotia, to promote and identify business opportunities for their members, primarily start-up companies manufacturing new materials.

The Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM)

based in Southwestern Ontario, develop a digital platform to promote Canadian capabilities and identify new business opportunities for their members.

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