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BMO Centre for Innovation and Applied Research


The mission of the BMO Centre for Innovation and Applied Research (BMO-CIAR) is to advance industry and community interests by building and strengthening connections between CUE and external partners turning knowledge and ideas into solutions.

The BMO-CIAR provides a woven approach for connecting multi-departmental research activities to external stakeholders including project collaboration, research commercialization, and business incubation and accelerator services.

The BMO-CIAR can be found in the state-of-the-art Allan Wachowich Centre for Science, Research, and Innovation.

CIAR 8 Pillars of Activity

  1. Industry and community relations: Enables meaningful connections between CUE and external partners.
  2. Research Commercialization: Mobilizes CUE research results into the market.
  3. Intellectual Property Protection: Facilitates the protection of viable intellectual property created by CUE’s research results.
  4. Entrepreneurship Development: Assists students, recent grads, youth and Indigenous entrepreneurs to identify and develop alternative career paths through one-on-one mentorship, workshops, seminars, and networking events.
  5. Business Incubator: Transitions entrepreneurial ideas into reality through business development support, infrastructure, and mentorship.
  6. Global Business Accelerator: Provides youth based local start-up businesses the resources to compete globally, and opportunities to collaborate with international businesses.
  7. Customized Training: Responds to industry and community needs by creating adaptable and innovative industry and corporate training.
  8. Community Outreach: Finds opportunities in the community to develop research collaborations.

The BMO-CIAR also assists in the “business process requirements” of research allowing faculty to focus on the research itself, thereby creating a team approach in developing and commercializing research opportunities.

The BMO-CIAR can provide assistance in any of the following areas:

  • Identifying potential industry and community partners
  • Developing project collaborations
  • Guiding project scope and budget creation
  • Providing project contract negotiation
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Providing commercialization services

For more information, contact:

Isha Katyal
Manager, BMO-CIAR
Phone: (780) 479-9395
Toll free: 1(866) 479-5200