Regina's AGT Foods makes shortlist for Innovation Supercluster

Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains greets members of the aerospace faculty before making a funding announcement at the Ecole Polytechnique Tuesday

Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains greets members of the aerospace faculty before making a funding announcement at the Ecole Polytechnique Tuesday

"In today's knowledge-based economy, this collaboration is essential", said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

"This is really about our government's focus on building the economy of the future", Bains said in an interview.

Here's a look at the shortlist of sites of the more than 50 proposals. Up to five will be selected for funding.

"Superclusters are job-creating regions with strong economies, like Silicon Valley, and our government intends to create five of them in Canada".

In addition to the mining and advanced manufacturing superclusters in Ontario, Bains has also shortlisted an oceans supercluster in Atlantic Canada that would invest in aquaculture, offshore oil and gas and clean energy solutions; an AI supercluster in Quebec that seeks to bolster Canada's leadership in the field; and a mobility supercluster in Quebec that would focus on air and ground transportation.

The proposal is backed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador - one of over 25 firms, including Emera Inc., Clearwater, Aspin Kemp & Associates, radient360 and Dalhousie University.

Bains was also in Montreal Tuesday to announce another proposal on the short list that is created to bolster Canadian leadership in artificial intelligence and data science. Empower Canada as a leading exporter - for example through demand forecasting, products customization and flow optimization - to profoundly impact the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. It is led by the Optel Group and includes proponents such as Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Bell Canada, CGI Group Inc., AgroPur, Aldo, Cascades Inc. and the University of Montreal's Polytechnique. (TSX:CAE) leads the mobility systems and technologies supercluster proposal, which includes more than 170 firms. It would also tackle global challenges such as energy intensity, water use and environmental footprint.

A protein innovations supercluster in the Prairies would position Canada as the global supplier of plant-based proteins and related products. (TSX:LNR), Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

A smart agri-food supercluster led by Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) would work on building information technologies in the crop, livestock and agri-food processing sectors. Revolutionize the design, construction and operations of infrastructure and make Canada a world leader with the use of advanced digital communications, cutting edge tools, and interconnected applications and services.

The University of Toronto, the country's top-ranked university and a major player in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor's existing technology and commercialization cluster, is a supporter of several of the proposed superclusters. Advance data collection, analysis and visualization to drive competitiveness across environment and resource tech, precision health and manufacturing.

A proposed digital technology supercluster led by Telus Corp. and including Microsoft Canada Development Centre and six post-secondary institutions in B.C. wants to focus on inventing, developing and applying digital technologies.