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In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you'll find Simon Fraser University. Our vision? To be Canada's leading engaged university.

Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change.

A Crown corporation, we support leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. We provide the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. In short, IDRC increases opportunities — and makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Working with our development partners, we multiply the impact of our investment and bring innovations to more people in more countries around the world. We offer fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders.


PR Associates is the first STEM-focused communications consultancy in Canada. We break down complex scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) concepts to communicate them in ways that are easy to understand. Through our focus on training and strategic communication, we help STEM-minded professionals and their organizations build favourable reputations and achieve success. 

PR Associates uses a unique approach to communicating scientific information. We call it the Science of Communication™. This simple but effective method makes it easier for non-technical people to understand the STEM concepts behind complex ideas and projects. We give your team the skills to meaningfully connect with: investors, media, Indigenous communities, federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and international governments, and the public.       








Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.


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IDRC funds research in developing countries to create lasting change on a large scale.

The value of the research that the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports is evident in every crop yield that is increased, in every income that is improved, and in every right that is respected. We are committed to improving lives and livelihoods in the developing world with research that builds knowledge and evidence to inform solutions. We share this knowledge with other researchers, policymakers, and communities globally to bring about positive change with lasting effects.    

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive change for those who need it most.


Public Policy Forum

 The Public Policy Forum (PPF) is a non-partisan, non-governmental, member-based organization that works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. For more than 30 years, the PPF has broken down barriers among sectors, contributing to meaningful change that builds a better Canada. 


NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. 

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.


Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians. 

Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world – to create a more innovative Canada

Canada Foundation for Innovation: Investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure that enables world-class research












Additional Thanks to

Bridgehead  Coffee Roastery

Canadian Space Services Ltd.

Diefenbunker Museum

Algonquin College Construction Lab

Central Experimental Farm