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The Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program – and intelligent blends of public-private investment to cross the ‘Valley of Death’

Last Friday, we were thrilled to be selected as 1 of 5 pre-qualified innovations in Toronto that the Federal Government may buy and test via its Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program.  In total, 36 innovations qualified across Canada, in what is the program’s second round. The full press release is available here.

As an added bonus, Public Works and Government Services Canada, who administer the CICP program, organized an event at 30 Ordnance to announce the  Toronto innovations. We had the great honour of hosting the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister of the Asia-Pacific Gateway, as well as his PWGSC colleagues, representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI), and other companies who either were selected for the program, or who are interested in applying for the next round.

Here are some photos I took from the morning, starting with John Paul explaining the Sun Simba™  technology to Minister Fast, as his father Eric Morgan (left), also the Strategic Advisor to our Board, and Manny Agiropoulos from PWGSC, look on.

Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program Media Event

John Paul Morgan, CTO of Morgan Solar, explains the Sun Simba™ technology to Minister Fast.

CICP Media Event - the Honourable Ed Fast's Speech

Minister Fast announces the Toronto-based innovations that qualified for the CICP Program, and speaks of the importance of innovation to the Canadian economy. Nic Morgan spoke after on the value of Canada's R&D support to companies like Morgan Solar.

Mantech, Morgan Solar, and Minister Fast announcing CICP pre-qualified companies
From left to right: Robert Menegotto, President of Mantech Inc.; the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; Nicolas Morgan, VP Biz Dev of Morgan Solar; John Paul Morgan; CTO of Morgan Solar; and Manny Agiropoulos, Chief of SME Stakeholder Engagement at Public Works and Government Services Canada. 

My initial impression from mentioning CICP to others in the industry is that it’s a little lesser known than other Federal and Provincial commercialization programs, perhaps because it’s relatively new. It fills a much-needed gap though, which is the space between the R&D support programs that have a hard stop at your first sale – e.g. Ontario’s Innovation Demonstration Fund and the Federal Sustainable Development Technology Fund Canada – and the incentives that governments offer more established companies to locate R&D and/ or manufacturing, and their associated jobs, in a given place – e.g. Ontario’s Strategic Jobs and Investment Fund.

That’s why programs like CICP, which encourage early adopters to purchase a new technology for demonstration, are so valuable. They represent  “intelligent blends of public and private investment”, as a 2005 Forbes article on new technology commercialization put it, that help start-ups traverse that affectionately called ‘Valley of Death’ – the gulf between R&D completion stage, and successful commercialization.


Ontario Clean Air Alliance – Talk to George Smitherman

Ok, just for those in the GTA.  In Mississauga tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 28th), there’s an Open House and Town Hall style meeting with the Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, George Smitherman.  I’ll be there and so will some people I know who are working on developing solar energy installations under the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP, or sometimes just SOP).  Might be interesting.

Also, if you read this and you know ANYONE who knows ANYONE who is developing an installation under the RESOP program, be they farmers, people putting panels on their roofs… anyway, please call or email me.  I want to talk to them.

Open House Details:

Talk to George

Want to give Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman your thoughts on the best ways to address climate change and ensure a sustainable electricity system for our children? The Minister is hosting a town hall meeting in Mississauga tomorrow night to specifically discuss Ontario’s long term energy needs and how the Southwestern GTA factors into it. This is also a great chance to see how the Minister plans to walk his talk on a greener electricity system and to take a new approach to reducing the environmental footprint of our currently heavy energy use.

WHERE: RBC Theatre in the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga
WHEN: Tuesday, October 28, Open House: 5 – 7 PM and Town Hall Meeting: 7 – 9:30 PM.

Please pass this message on to your friends.

Thank you.

Jessica Fracassi, Communications & Membership Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-xxx-xxxx ext xxx*
Fax: 416-xxx-xxxx*
Email: xxxxxx@cleanairalliance.org*
Website: http://www.cleanairalliance.org
Website: http://www.OntariosGreenFuture.ca

Edit: Jessica isn’t in the office today, so if you want to talk to anyone over there, contact Darcy Higgins, darcy@clearnairalliance.org or call 416-926-1907 ext 246.  (He’s a friend of mine and a great guy to boot.  You can check out his personal blog too.)

Oh, and people really liked the photos last week, so here’s one of the very first prototype tests from around 2 years ago.  Crude, but it worked.

Early Simba Prototype - Summer 2006

Early Simba Prototype - Summer 2006

LSO Pictures

So, we’ve been busy applying for different programs and getting some documentation ready for a few people and we realized that we didn’t have a photo of one of the really cool looking prototypes.  JP and I got out into the sun yesterday and snapped a few, and they came out really well.

The LSO in these photos was cut on a diamond turning machine, and in this configuration is a disc, concentrating to the centre.  The LSOs in the Simba panels are triangular, but they’re basically just pie slices out of the disc version of the optic.

JP holding an LSO Prototype

JP holding an LSO Prototype

JP wasn’t posing or anything, I just got him in the shot and it came out looking really cool.  Here are some good images of the LSO itself.

LSO with bright spot in the centre

LSO with bright spot in the centre

Two things to note here.  First, at the viewing angle of the photo you can sort of see JP’s hand through the optic, but the LSO’s shadow is just as dark as JP’s hand’s shadow – it’s completely blocking the direct light.  Second, that bright spot in the centre is concentrated light reflecting off glitter (like from a craft store) suspended in silicone gel.  You need something in the centre to scatter the light, or it would just shine right through to the other side and out the far edges.  In the photos it’s saturated, but standing there, it was too bright to look at directly.

The concentration where it strikes the silicone is around 50 suns, although if you popped it out (and you could, easily) and put a point target in the very centre, you could go up to 1000 suns or beyond with this prototype.

LSO Prototype edge view

LSO Prototype edge view

Here’s the view edge on – looking through the LSO at the bright spot in the centre.

Pretty cool eh?