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January 2022

Hi there and welcome to the relaunch of our monthly newsletter!

For this relaunched Newsletter we wanted to take the time to introduce you to our team and give you a quick update on our programs. We are also excited to introduce an innovative tool that supports your research needs, created by Canada Foundation for Innovation called Navigator.

We are so excited to share our journey with you, keep you informed about the new and developing programs we are running and to celebrate your successes in innovation and entrepreneurship along the way.

For those of you not as familiar with the Foundation and our purpose we invite you to visit the About Us page of our website which provides an explanation of our mission as well as an introduction to our programs and objectives this year.

Each month we will update on the main activities of the Foundation as well as share services and resources from our partners in the ecosystem. Monthly we will showcase local businesses from coast to coast to coast with the goal to not only inspire you, but generate awareness of the amazing innovators and entrepreneurs in Canada.

We want to hear from you too! We would love to know your opinion on what would be beneficial to include in this letter. What other information would you like to see?

Please do not hesitate to reach out with your ideas at

We encourage you to follow us on social media and share your ideas there too.

Our Team

We have a new and growing team who we are excited to introduce you to. For more information about our roles and who we are, click here!

Sally J M Douglas
Executive Director

Natasha Morano
Director of Partnerships

Anna Ren

Anna Ren
Project Manager

Priscilia O. Kabengele

Priscilia O Kabengele
Communications Manager

Our Programs

CANIE Round Tables

To understand the needs, opportunities and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and innovators in Canada, The Foundation is committed to investment in research. As a first step to a much larger strategy planned in 2022, we brought together the 2021 CANIE Award winners, semi-finalists, our valued partners and other Foundation allies to form 3 Round Table discussions. Our objective was to create a space where the voices of entrepreneurs and innovators could be clearly heard, information could be gathered and a report formed to share in both the private and public sectors with a view to influencing change for the better.

A report with the highlights from those discussions is in the final phase of being drafted and we will circulate the findings with both the public and private sector to support in influencing change for entrepreneurs and innovators in marginalized communities across the country. to support efforts and influence change for the better, for entrepreneurs and innovators in marginalized communities across the country.

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CANIE Micro-Grants

Applications for the CANIE Micro-Grants are now closed with over 1200 submissions. Adjudication is underway and we will announce the recipients of each grant on February 15th 2022. It is our commitment to roll out more micro-grants throughout 2022 understanding the importance of making funding available in these difficult times.

The 2022 CANIE Awards

The 2022 CANIE Awards will be open for applications in early Spring and we will share specific dates as soon as we have them confirmed. This year we have new categories and plans to celebrate both virtually and in person. To learn more click here!

Learn about Navigator

The Canada Foundation for Innovation has built a useful resource for business called the Research Facilities Navigatoran online directory of experts and facilities that offer research-based solutions to help you implement new, or improve on, ideas, processes, products or services. The Navigator is easy to search, free to use, and features over 750 research facilities that are ready to work with industry partners of all sizes.

Visit the Navigator to find the research services, expertise and state-of-the-art equipment you need to innovate and succeed!

To Conclude

That’s it for this newsletter. We thank you for your interest and support in The Foundation and will have more news to share with you in our next edition. I would also like to take a moment to thank our sponsors and partners without whom our work could not be done.

Wishing you happiness and prosperity in 2022!

Sally D & The Foundation Team

Sally J M Douglas
Executive Director



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