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CRC announces funding partnership with NGen to accelerate robotics adoption in Canada’s manufacturing sector

FEBRUARY 1, 2024 — The Canadian Robotics Council (CRC) is thrilled to announce an important milestone towards achieving its mission of catalyzing and growing Canada's robotics ecosystem, spurring robot adoption at home, and securing a bright future for Canadian innovation on the global robotics stage. 

As of December 2023, the CRC has entered into a $100K funding partnership with Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)—Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for Advanced Manufacturing. This funding will play a vital role in helping the CRC grow Canada's robotics ecosystem and build visibility for Canadian robotics capabilities, both at home and abroad. The funding will also be pivotal in developing the CRC’s organizational structure to sustainably pursue this mission. This announcement comes after the CRC became a registered non-profit in June 2023.

CRC will also join NGen’s Cluster Accelerator Network as its robotics lead. This will enable the Council to form meaningful collaborations with NGen’s adjacent network clusters, including those in AI, photonics and automation, on mutually beneficial projects and events. 

CRC and NGen will kick off the partnership by jointly organizing the CRC’s third annual symposium in Toronto on June 14, 2024. The symposium will bring together key representatives from industry, academia and government to discuss the state and opportunities of robotics in Canada.

“NGen’s existing network includes robotics end-users in mining, mobility, and advanced manufacturing, and connects essential but missing dots in the Canadian robotics ecosystem. Networking with NGen’s complimentary clusters will play an essential role in helping us grow the Council’s membership, ensuring that Canadian innovators do not remain siloed by industry or market, and instead work together to raise awareness of, encourage, and facilitate robotics adoption and development from coast to coast.”

  • Hallie Siegel, Co-founder and Co-chair, Canadian Robotics Council; Managing Director, Strategy and Partnerships, University of Toronto Robotics Institute

“The Canadian Robotics Council has demonstrated it has a strong and united vision for growing Canada’s robotics ecosystem. As the national voice for Canada’s robotics sector, the CRC is uniquely poised to lead NGen’s robotics cluster in a way that drives growth and innovation in Canada’s manufacturing sector.”

  • Christy Michalak, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Development Programs, NGen


About the Canadian Robotics Council

The Canadian Robotics Council is a non-profit that brings together leading robotics experts from across research, government and industry to amplify the voice of Canadian innovators across the international robotics value network, provide a bird’s eye view of this globally competitive enabling technology, and help Canadians understand where, how, and when is the right time to adopt robots.

About NGen

NGen is the industry-led not-for-profit organization that leads Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for Advanced Manufacturing. Its mandate is to help build world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. NGen works to strengthen collaboration among its membership of more than 5,500 manufacturers, technology companies, innovation centres, and researchers, and provides funding and business support for workforce development initiatives and innovation projects that aim to develop, apply, or scale-up transformative manufacturing solutions in Canada for commercialization in global markets. 


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