$1.4 billion invested. 100 projects. 1,000 organizations. 50,000 new jobs. 10 years. Add it all up, and you get one mighty economic force. Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster will bring together the best of digital tech innovation to generate substantial economic benefits for Canada.
Wavefront is proud to be a partner in the Digital Technology Supercluster. The final application was submitted in November to the Government of Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative after being shortlisted as one of nine concepts under consideration.
Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is proudly based out of British Columbia, with partners from, and benefits that will be felt across Canada. The consortium includes founding members TELUS, Microsoft, Teck, Change Healthcare, Providence Health Care, and the University of British Columbia. Since being short-listed as one of nine applicants, new members have joined, including: Shoppers Drug Mart, Canfor, GE Digital, The Terry Fox Research Institute, University Health Network (“UHN”) – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, SickKids and over 200 other organizations and post-secondary institutions resulting in over $500 million in committed funding. The Supercluster will advance collaborative projects that are guided by defined industry needs to advance solutions using virtual, mixed and augmented reality, data analytics and quantum computing.
The Supercluster will initially focus on the following proposed projects:
- Secure Health and Genomic Platform – will help build the core data infrastructure required to create advanced cancer treatments personalized to the unique genetic makeup of a patient and improve patient-centric care.
- Earth Data Store – will facilitate and improve data collection, sharing and visualization – enhancing confidence in resource sector project planning and assessments for proponents, Indigenous Peoples, government and communities.
- Digital Learning Factory – will help facilitate collaboration on the development of virtual environments that enable design, rapid experimentation, and testing of cost-saving approaches to address the most significant challenges in modern manufacturing.
“Our collaboration framework will draw upon expertise and skills from companies, organizations and individuals across Canada,” said Bill Tam, Co-chair of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster Consortium. “We aim to tackle opportunities that would not have been undertaken by any company alone, but instead through a collective effort, these projects will have global impact — like advancing cancer treatment with the goal of finding a cure — and to position Canada as a world leader in a number of cutting-edge technologies.”