Research Partnership with Mitacs Renewed

The Economic Trust of Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) is delighted to announce the continuation of its research funding partnership with Mitacs for FY2023. A total of $53,750 in funding is now available for businesses, non-profits, First Nations and municipalities in the ETSI-BC service area. These funds can be used to pay part of their portion of Mitacs research internships that are set up with public post-secondary institutions in the Southern Interior of BC that will lead to sustainable economic development outcomes in the ETSI-BC service area.   

“The Growing the Southern Interior through Research Partnerships collaboration with Mitacs helps generate economic opportunity, innovation, employment, and resiliency in BC’s Southern Interior. We are committed to helping develop our region’s human capital through supporting entrepreneurship programming and collaborative research that connect the area’s businesses, First Nations and communities with the region’s post-secondary institutions,” affirmed Laurel Douglas, CEO of ETSI-BC.

“This partnership with the Economic Trust of Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) will help us provide support for innovation in the Southern Interior of British Columbia utilizing the Trust`s extensive connections and expertise,” said Dr. John Hepburn, CEO of Mitacs.  “For more than 20 years, Mitacs has worked with over 100 universities and academic institutions, thousands of companies, not-for-profits, and federal, provincial, and territorial governments to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.”

ETSI-BC and Mitacs are now accepting eligible applications. The application deadline is March 31, 2023 with projects starting by June 30, 2023.  Click here to view the Call for Expressions of Interest and review the updated application process.

“We are excited to continue collaborating with Mitacs to advance ETSI-BC`s target sectors, help new and emerging industry clusters grow and innovate, and build economic development opportunities in rural and Indigenous communities,” said Douglas.  Click here to read about the Mitacs projects we supported in 2022.  

For more information, please contact:  

Mike Kennefick, Mitacs Senior Advisor, Business Development & National Lead – Rural Development  250.859.5910

Laurel Douglas, ETSI-BC CEO, at

About Mitacs
Mitacs empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to our most pressing problems. For over 20 years, Mitacs has assisted organizations in reaching their goals, has funded cutting-edge innovation, and has created job opportunities for students and postdocs. We are committed to driving economic growth and productivity and to creating meaningful change to improve quality of life for all Canadians.

Our mission is to build a world-class, diverse community of innovators through our collaborative model, attracting and deploying top talent to industry, and matching need with expertise to create ambitious solutions to real-world challenges.

About ETSI-BC 
ETSI-BC helps communities in the Southern Interior achieve their economic development goals.

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