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On Thursday September 23rd, the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre welcomes you to join the Eastern Ontario Innovation Information Forum (IIF), where local businesses, from start-ups to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will have the opportunity to join Public Services and Procurement Canada – Procurement Assistance Canada and their Government of Canada partners as they host this unique event for the Eastern Ontario business community.

This event will be hosted in partnership with local partners Bay of Quinte Economic Development, Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, County of Renfrew Economic Development and Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

The Innovation Information Forum (IIF) is a half-day event hosted by Procurement Assistance Canada-Ontario Region (formerly the Office of Small & Medium Enterprises) and network partners to support the innovation and economic development growth of businesses across Ontario.  The objective of the IIF is to highlight emerging opportunities from the Government of Canada’s innovation strategy (programs, services, funding) for small and medium enterprises, innovators and start-ups.

The IIF is also an opportunity to connect directly with federal department officials (eg. National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program, Innovation Science & Economic Development Canada-Canadian Intellectual Property Office, CRA-Scientific Research & Experimental Development: Tax Incentive Program, FedDev Ontario, etc) in the innovation ecosystem, along with showcasing the services and impact of regional local partners in the small business community.

Partners, Programs and Services: (*presenters are subject to change)

Innovation Information Forum – Eastern Ontario


12:15 pm – Check in

12:30 pm Welcome Remarks – Procurement Assistance Canada (Imanzi Kayitare)

12:35 pm – Opening Remarks – CEO of Bay of Quinte Economic Development (Chris King)

12:40 pm – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) – Mythbusting Federal Procurement – (Imanzi Kayitare)

12:55 pm – Department of National Defence (DND) – Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) – (Imanzi Kayitare)

1:05 pm – National Research Council of Canada (NRC) – Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) – (Wade Coulter)

1:30 pm – Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) –Learn Why Intellectual Property Matters – (Dumitru Olariu)

2:00 pm – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Partnership Grants – (John Jackson)

2:30 pm – Local Partners: Bay of Quinte (Chris King), Kingston Econ Dev (Shelley Hirstwood), County of Renfrew (David Wybou/Alastair Baird), Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (Bob Peters)

3:10pm – Closing Remarks

3:15pm – End

Register Here

If you require special assistance or are having difficulties registering please contact Procurement Assistance Canada at 1-800-668-5378 or

*Please note a final confirmation email will be provided to all registered attendees with additional instructions and connection details in the days leading up to the event. The presentations are offered FREE of charge and will be delivered in English.

Post Author: Adam Gibeau