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Canada: Research that works

You’ve got ideas to change the world. We’ve got the research infrastructure, expertise and educational programs to help you do it – and we’re willing to invest in you to help make innovation a reality.

Beyond a land of possibilities – a place where research becomes reality

When you pursue your academic goals in Canada, you become a valued member of a scientific community that is internationally recognized for excellence and enjoys a long-standing tradition of delivering on discovery.

Whether you continue in research, apply your work in the private sector, stay in Canada, follow further opportunities abroad or return to your roots to give something back – Canada can be a proactive partner in realizing your goals.

Through scholarships, awards and fellowships to initiatives like our Networks of Centres of Excellence that promote international collaboration and industry partnerships, Canada brings the best and brightest minds together to find groundbreaking solutions for lasting impact. Canada is the global knowledge partner of choice.

Explore the possibilities

Discover the wealth of programs offered at Canada’s colleges and universities nationwide and see which industry partnerships are active right now. Many links are provided in this document to guide your search.

Step up to make your contribution and join the thousands of international students and researchers who choose Canada as a springboard to success!

Did you know?

You may work to gain valuable experience or help finance your stay while you study in Canada.

As an international student who has graduated from a post-secondary program in Canada, there are permanent immigration options available to you.

For further information: www.cic.gc.ca

Fast Facts

  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) invested over $140 million in natural resources and energy research in 2009-10.
  • Canada’s Economic Action Plan committed $1 billion over five years for clean energy research and demonstration projects
  • Canada ranks first in fuel cell research papers published per capita and stands first in its scientific impact in this area.
  • Among the world’s top 10 automotive-producing countries, Canada ranks second for knowledge transfer and commercialization systems between companies and universities.
  • Canadian-funded researchers are global leaders in energy innovation.

Canada is a leader in energy research

Canada is the fifth largest energy producer in the world and – with increasing oil production – is poised to remain a major hub of energy research and development (R&D). As the largest supplier of oil, gas and electricity to the United States, Canada is developing close energy R&D ties with its trading partner to the south, in part through the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue, initiated in 2009.

Canada’s provinces are leading the way:

Alberta and Saskatchewan, key oil producers, are perfecting methods of carbon capture and storage. The Weyburn Sequestration Project is being used as a global prototype.

British Columbia created the “Hydrogen Highway,” an advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technology program including a network of recharging stations for fuel-cell powered vehicles between the capital, Victoria and Whistler, which helped the 2010 Winter Olympics become known as the “Green Olympics.”

Manitoba has become a leader in geothermal energy production, with more than a million geothermal production units already installed in the province. It is also Canada’s number one province in energy efficiency.

Nova Scotia has been working with the Canadian company Clean Current™ to establish a commercial-scale test site in the Bay of Fundy that will showcase the potential of tidal energy for the region. In partnership with New Brunswick and Natural Resources Canada, Nova Scotia has created the Canadian Hydraulics Centre within the National Research Council Canada

Ontario is phasing out its dependence on coal-based electricity by using biomass, natural gas and co-firing power plants like the Atikokan Generating Station Biomass Repowering Project. Spurred by the 2009 Clean Energy Act, Ontario became the second-largest solar market in North America in 2010.

Prince Edward Island announced a $1-billion, four-year 500-MW wind development project in 2010 involving the Wind Energy Institute of Canada and the University of Prince Edward Island.

Quebec has relied on hydroelectricity for decades (hydroelectricity makes up 97% of the province’s electricity supply), but this has not stopped its institutions from developing wind and solar energy projects – sectors that are now booming. The province is also funding major research in hydrogen energy-related technologies, such as its collaboration with European partners in the Euro-Québec Hydro-hydrogen project.

Networks of Centres of Excellence bring partners together

These world-renowned centres enable researchers to collaborate with international institutions and industry partners on specific R&D challenges.

  • AUTO21 at the University of Windsor is working with public and private partners to develop a new generation of cars that are more efficient, safer and cleaner.
  • Carbon Management Canada at the University of Calgary is developing technologies to reduce carbon emissions in the oil, gas and coal sectors.
  • The Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (C3E) in Shawinigan, Quebec, works closely with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières to commercialize technological breakthroughs in
    renewable energy and sustainable development.
  • www.nce-rce.gc.ca

Canadian Universities ranked in the Top 100 in the world!

Universities recognized for their electrical and electronical engineering, mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing and chemical engineering programs by the Quacquarelli Symonds 2011 world rankings:

  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Queen’s University
  • The University of British Colombia
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo

People like you are making a difference

Ms. Nicole Ziadé Bou Farhat
Bachelor in
Chemical Engineering
University of Ottawa, 1999

Work-study programs offer a competitive edge

“The co-op program at the University of Ottawa allowed me to alternate my studies in chemical engineering with a practical work opportunity. This enabled me to pay for school and put theory
into practice – invaluable experience that led to my current role as Unit Head of the Petroleum Laboratory at the Institute of Industrial Research in Lebanon.”

Canada Excellence Research Chairs program attracts top international scholars

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program awards 10 million dollars over seven years to support the world’s leading scholars in four strategic areas:

  • environmental sciences and technology
  • health and related life sciences
  • information and communications technologies
  • natural resources and energy


Canada Excellence Research Chairs pursuing energy work in Canada

These leading international scholars are benefiting from CERC funding:

Dr. Ali Emadi – Hybrid powertrains
Dr. Ali Emadi is at the leading edge of new developments in transportation electrification, including advanced electrified powertrains; the vehicle-to-grid interface of plug-in vehicles
with Smart Grid technology; powertrain components; hybrid battery/super-capacitor energy storage systems; and adaptive vehicle control and power management systems. Emadi’s research provides solutions for industry and environmental policy-makers alike: it meets the current demands of the automotive sector and will spur economic growth, while maintaining a strong position for the future of Canada’s green technology industry.

Dr. Thomas Thundat – Oil sands molecular engineering
Dr. Thomas Thundat is a world leader in the study of molecules and nanoscale structures at interfaces. He has pioneered new techniques for detecting molecules on surfaces – even in trace quantities – and has developed new sensors with tremendous potential for oilsands processing applications. Thundat’s work will lead to more sustainable techniques for oil extraction and refining, greatly reducing the environmental impact of the oil industry and helping Canada better meet its emissions reduction targets.

Here Comes the Sun

Recipient of the Canada Post Doctoral Research
Fellowship Post PhD research at the University of
Ottawa SUNlab (2010), DPhil in Material Science at the
University of Oxford (2009)
Works on next-generation solar cells at the University of of Ottawa’s SUNlab research centre in collaboration with the high-tech industry and the Canadian Space Agency.

130 Research Chairs actively conduct energy studies at colleges and universities across Canada. www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca

Energy Research in Action

Designing environmentally sound energy systems
Dr. David Keith, a physicist and Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment at the University of Calgary, is world-renowned for his work on carbon capture and storage, the technology and implications of global climate engineering, the economics and climatic impacts of large-scale wind power, and the land footprint of energy technologies.

A gas with a future
Energy specialist Richard Chahine at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières is rewriting the book on how the technology involved in hydrogen generation, transport and use can be “greened” and optimized in Canada’s energy and industrial system. Chahine holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Hydrogen Purification, Transport and Storage at the university, and also heads the NSERC Hydrogen Canada Strategic Research Network (H2CAN), a research partnership uniting major hydrogen players with some two dozen academic researchers from across Canada.

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) and LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.
The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Applied Research Lab at CCNB, Edmundston Campus, is working with industry partner LuminUltra to develop a proof of concept for new applications of bioenergy technology (ethanol and biogas production processes). The college’s ability to act quickly, its network of bioenergy companies, and its experience in student training contributed to LuminUltra’s decision to work with the college.

A thriving oil sands industry
Alberta’s universities are key innovators for the province’s burgeoning multi-billion-dollar oil sands industry, contributing new technologies to improve process efficiencies and reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. Fifteen NSERC Industrial Research Chairs collaborate with approximately 60 companies on virtually every facet of the industry’s development, from mining to land reclamation. Post-graduate students work in a wide array of fields, including aqueous and non-aqueous bitumen extraction, multi-phase pipeline transport, separation technologies, petroleum microbiology and thermodynamics, power generation, process control and construction engineering.

Better imaging of the seafloors

Memorial University’s Landmark Graphics Visualization Laboratory in St. John, Newfoundland is reducing financial risk and improving the odds for energy companies looking for new sources of offshore oil. The lab’s computing complex turns reams of data into 3D images of seafloor geology, which can be viewed and analyzed on a giant IMAX-like screen. Researchers are discovering new structures in Newfoundland’s offshore geological deposits, but are equally excited about the lab’s potential in other fields, such as biochemistry, oceanography and medical sciences.

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

Dr. Linda Nazar - a world authority on lithium ion batteries for energy storage – is one of 16 research chairs at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo, an interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence focusing on high-impact research and innovation. A five-time international award winner in 2010-11 Dr. Nazar is recognized for her groundbreaking development of the lithium sulphur battery. The nanotechnology engineering undergraduate co-op program at Waterloo is the largest of its kind in North America, with 500 students enrolled. “In it to WIN it” is their motto!

Now that’s research that works!

A select list of Canadian government-sponsored scholarships, awards and fellowships

$323.5 MILLION in grants and fellowships awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in 2008-09

For undergraduate studies

Emerging Leaders in Americas Program
An exchange program for college, undergraduate and graduate students from the Americas.

For graduate and post-graduate studies

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Seventy Banting fellowships awarded annually in the social sciences and humanities, health research, and natural sciences and engineering.

Canada-Mexico Awards – Graduate and Post-Doctoral Programs
Specific to Mexican graduate students who wish to study for a semester or conduct a year of post-doctoral research at a Canadian university.

Canada-U.S. Fulbright Awards
For graduate and post-doctoral students, professors, professionals and teachers from the two countries who wish to explore a wide range of contemporary issues.

Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships
Financial support for highly qualified science and engineering graduates to gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada.

Post-doctoral Research Fellowships
One-year fellowships for students from various countries to conduct research in Canada.

Trudeau Scholarship
Provide national or international doctoral students in the social sciences and humanities with up to $180,000 over four years.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Assist both Canadian and international students to pay for their studies in Canada.

For professionals

Faculty Research Program
Funds international researchers to study Canadian and/or common bilateral issues.

Human Frontier Science Program Fellowships
Canada participates in this international program, which provides opportunities for research, training and fellowships.

International Research Linkages
An awards program aimed at creating links between Canadian and international research teams.

Professional Development Awards
Available to citizens of developing countries who have a master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral degree and/or career experience and who wish to come to Canada to expand their knowledge.

Research Associates Program
The National Research Council Canada hires associate researchers with doctoral degrees or who are working toward their master’s or doctoral degree.

Visiting Fellows in Canadian Government Laboratories
Funds emerging scientists and academics to work at Canadian research institutions and laboratories.

Do you have what it takes to earn an award or a scholarship? There’s no time like the present to find out. Consult the above links.

Energy Research Bodies

National Research Council Canada (NRC)
NRC institutes in the energy field work to find better, more environmentally friendly ways to meet current energy needs by researching renewable energy sources, bioenergy, fuel cells and oil cells.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Manages R&D and demonstration funding programs, as well as CanmetENERGY – the principal Government of Canada program responsible for energy R&D.

Funding Programs

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Supports more than 7,000 projects across Canada, leading to breakthroughs in areas such as energy.

Going Global Innovation (GGI)
Promotes Canada’s innovation efforts by supporting Canadian researchers to solidify partnerships with international key players for science-based research and development projects that have commercial potential.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Supports some 30,000 national and international post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows and 12,000 professors every year.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)
Operates two funds, the Sustainable Development Technology and the NexGen Biofuels funds, aimed at developing and demonstrating innovative technological solutions.

Explore the Possibilities

This document is a joint collaboration between the Innovation, Science and Technology Division and the International Education and Youth Division of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

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