Level-Up! Funding Program

Funding Opportunity for Life Sciences / Healthcare, Cleantech and Advanced Manufacturing Entrepreneurs in the Greater Sudbury Area!


In partnership with the Ontario Network of Excellence, NORCAT is excited to announce the Level-Up! funding opportunity for entrepreneurs. This Ontario-wide initiative is a $1 million dollar funding program available to Ontario’s early-stage technology entrepreneurs looking to advance their company to the next level of growth through a strategic, short-term, high-impact project. This program is only offered through the regional …

"Innovation for a Greater Sudbury" with Keynote Speaker Tom Rand

“Innovation for a Greater Sudbury” with Keynote Speaker Tom Rand


An engineer, environmentalist, venture capitalist and philosopher, Tom Rand is a highly-sought after Canadian speaker. His ambition is to bring clean technology to life, using an optimistic and pragmatic approach. Drawing examples from his own successful ventures and global leadership, Tom reveals concrete solutions to carbon emission problems. Currently, Rand is the Cleantech Lead Advisor at MaRS Discovery District in …

underground mine drift

Tapping old mines for heat may create new energy source


Article by CBC News – www.cbc.ca Energy-producers around the world inspire northern Ontario researchers If successful, electricity could be extracted from the warm pools of water inside the mines to generate electricity. A bio-engineering professor at Laurentian University has conducted several feasibility studies on producing energy from abandoned mines and said this technology is already being used globally. “There are …


NORCAT Centre Tenant named Finalist in 2012 Business Achievement Awards


BESTECH is proud to announce that the company was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA). At the 30th annual OBAA held on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, BESTECH was runner-up in the Desjardins Award for Large Business category. This honour rewarded two large businesses (over 100 employees) who are …

Ontrak 2x4 Challenge

Ontario’s Manufacturing Future – 2012 Ontrak 2×4 Innovation Challenge at NORCAT


On Saturday, October 27th, NORCAT is co-hosting Ontario’s 2012 Ontrak 2×4 Innovation Challenge, an event and opportunity to showcase Canada’s long-standing ingenuity in the manufacturing industry. The premise is quite simple – contestants are required to purchase a standard eight foot 2×4 piece of wood and using their imagination and limited supplies they need to create a product that has …

Artemis Jr.

Work programs give students a career test-drive


Article by Virginia Galt, The Globe and Mail. Stephanie Fudge’s last work placement through the Brock University co-operative education program was out of this world – or so it felt. As a planetary research associate with the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. in Sudbury, Ont., the 22-year-old environmental geoscience major spent much of her time in a lab with …

Manning Innovation Awards - Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Researchers Need Apply

Manning Innovation Awards – Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Researchers Need Apply


Since 1982, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been proud to inspire, acknowledge and award innovation within Canada. David Mitchell, Alberta Energy Company chief executive spawned the idea to recognize innovative talent within Canada back in 1980. Enlisting the former Premier of Alberta, Ernest Manning as the champion of such idea, has created one of Canada’s most prestigious annual …

United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts NORCAT event

Collaborative Networking Event Sparks Ideas for Social Innovation Projects Involving Youth for Northern Ontario


SUDBURY – On Wednesday October 3, United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts along with several partners: Norcat, Creative e-Learning Design, GenNext, RDÉE, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Rethink Green, Community Futures Development Corporations, FedNor, Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Art Gallery of Sudbury, the Young Professionals Association, the Learning Disabilities Association, and the University of Sudbury, hosted a collaborative networking event that …

Don Duval Startup Canada

Sudbury needs to think ‘bigger’


Article by Rita Poliakov, QMI Agency When Anne Cooper decided to start the Leaning Initiative, she was working full-time, juggling her family and low on funds. But that didn’t stop her. “I was young then. I was passionate and excited. I had no cash. I had amazing mentors and amazing students,” she said. Learning Initiative is a school that helps …

Startup Canada Tour Sudbury

NORCAT Hosts Startup Canada Innovation Town Hall


Sudbury, ON – Startup Canada’s National Tour is in Sudbury today for its final Town Hall event as part of Startup Canada’s six-month tour to celebrate and inspire entrepreneurship across Canada. Startup Canada is an entrepreneur-led, national movement to enhance the nation’s competitiveness and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Its National Tour has traveled coast to coast to engage more than 25,000 …

Who Owns the Asteroids? Space Mining Project Raises Legal Questions

Who Owns the Asteroids? Space Mining Project Raises Legal Questions


Article by Leonard David, SPACE.com Space Insider Columnist Private firms across the globe are developing business plans and creating the technology to mine the surface of the moon and nearby asteroids, with the goal of tapping into the richness of outer space. Technological issues are being addressed, but what about the legal issues? How can someone claim ownership of an …

RESOLVE Artemis Jr. Mauna Kea

Extraterrestrial Mining Could Reap Riches & Spur Exploration


Article by Leonard David, SPACE.com Space Insider Columnist Mining the moon and nearby asteroids could add trillions of dollars to the world economy and help humans reach farther into space. Many privately owned companies are looking to capitalize on extraterrestrial mining, but hitting paydirt will require merging the talents of the space and mining communities. A Space Resources Roundtable meeting …

NORCAT RESOLVE Drill fixed to the Artemis Jr. lunar rover in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

NORCAT RESOLVE Drill on display at Kennedy Space Center


CAPE CANAVERAL — The U.S. and Canada are setting the stage for a lunar prospecting mission aimed at demonstrating technologies that could open the solar system to human exploration. In a sandy yard at Kennedy Space Center, engineers and scientists are developing a prototype of a rover designed to extract oxygen from hydrogen-rich lunar soil and produce water. The four-wheeled …

Don Duval

NORCAT Appoints Innovator as Next CEO


The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT) is proud to announce the appointment of Don Duval as Chief Executive Officer. Don Duval brings a wealth of experience, expertise and energy to NORCAT, which will mark the next phase in NORCAT’s mine training and innovation initiatives. Don Duval is an energetic, innovative business leader with demonstrated success as a public …