Make 2022 a year of gratitude.

CanadianSME

“Canada’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Canadian economy, employing more than 10 million people across the country. As a non-profit organization in the unique position of building bridges between industry and academia, Mitacs recognizes the importance of collaboration and partnership to find new ways of boosting productivity for better results. As Canada’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) navigate significant challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitacs is committed to creating opportunities that drive innovation and economic growth in Canada. Last year, by partnering with the federal government and provincial and territorial governments across the country, we created 17,000 internships that provided students and postgraduates with valuable professional experience and allowed SMEs facing financial barriers to access competitive talent at an affordable cost. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 2,000 businesses – about 70 percent of which are SMEs – partnered with Mitacs for the first time.

With $708 million of funding announced by the Government of Canada in last year’s budget, Mitacs is poised to provide even more innovative internships and build more collaborations in the coming years. As provinces and territories continue to reopen, Canada’s SMEs will be critical in ensuring the success of Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. At Mitacs, we will be there to support them in any way we can. To show our commitment, we are once again offering significant price reductions to SMEs that access our programs. As students and post-graduates from across the country helped countless SMEs pivot and adjust their strategies during the toughest months of the pandemic, Mitacs is dedicated to providing them with the talent and expertise they need to innovate and grow. We understand the challenges that small businesses face especially at this crucial moment and that they might not always know where to turn or how to overcome them. We are living in unprecedented times and embracing collaboration and innovation is more important than ever. That’s where Mitacs comes in. I’d like to invite all SMEs to learn more about our programs and let Mitacs help find the next great idea.” – John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs.


Jim Estill

President & CEO, Danby Appliances

Jim Estill is CEO of Danby Appliances. Danby Appliances is a niche manufacturer of specialty appliances, which manufactures and distributes over 2,000,000 appliances per year. Jim Estill is leveraging his tech background to create new markets and products for Danby such as the Danby Parcel Guard.

Jim is a Canadian technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. He started his first computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university and grew that business to $2 Billion in sales.

Jim has invested in, mentored, and advised over 150 technology companies including Blackberry.He joined their board before they went public and served for 13 years.

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