Message from the Executive Director

Elissa Strome

Elissa Strome

Executive Director, SOSCIP

A large part of SOSCIP’s value proposition is in providing access to a powerful suite of advanced computing and data science technologies to innovative companies developing new products and services to address important issues facing society. 

The real heart of SOSCIP’s value, however, lies beyond the technology offerings. We draw on expertise, talent, resources, and networks from across the consortium to provide “cradle to grave” support to all of our collaborative projects. Significant project development, business development, project management, technical support and expertise and funding for the development of HQP is also provided. Every project benefits from the deep expertise of the broad SOSCIP Operations and Technical Support teams, which includes SOSCIP consortium staff, a dedicated business development team at OCE, the IBM Canada R&D Centre team, and the technical and research staff of our partner Compute Ontario facilities [Centre for Advanced Computing (Queen’s University), SciNet (University of Toronto) and SHARCNET (Western University)]. The result is that, in addition to full access to powerful computing technologies, every SOSCIP project receives countless hours of hands-on, dedicated support from some of the best experts in the country.

This SOSCIP 2017 Impact Report demonstrates that our model of collaborative R&D is making a difference. Included in this Report are impact stories from across our member institutions, showcasing the diversity of projects and partnerships that we support, as well as the significant contributions of our partners OCE and IBM. Our impact figures provide an overview of some of our most meaningful measures of SOSCIP’s impact since 2012. Filter by Statistics for more details.

The take home message of this Report is that SOSCIP is a collaborative research platform that supports great Canadian innovation. As we look towards the future, we plan to continue building on our success, engaging new sectors and industries and developing strong partnerships with like-minded organizations. 

We welcome you to join us as SOSCIP embarks on our next five years of impact.

Message from the Co-Chairs

Professor Vivek Goel

Professor Vivek Goel

Vice-President, Research & Innovation University of Toronto
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

Professor John Capone

Professor John Capone

Vice-President (Research)
Western University
Co-Chair, SOSCIP Board of Directors

SOSCIP was established five years ago in 2012 with a vision for creating a “new kind of collaborative research partnership” to address important societal issues using advanced computing technologies. The partnership sought to bring together academic institutions in Ontario with industry partners and provide them with sophisticated tools, resources and expertise – barriers that many small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) face as they seek innovative approaches to solve complex problems.

The vision was that in doing so, we could make a difference in the lives of Canadians by contributing to job creation, supporting emerging start-ups, bringing new products and services to market more efficiently, and growing the talent pool of highly-qualified personnel (HQP) necessary to help drive Canada’s and Ontario’s Innovation Agendas.

In five short years, SOSCIP has achieved tremendous success towards that vision – thanks in great part to the support of our partners and the collaborative efforts of our members. Since the last Impact Report was released in 2014, SOSCIP has doubled its membership to include all of Ontario’s most research-intensive academic institutions, all while expanding our industry partners and the number of trainees gaining valuable data science experience and skills.

This growth would not have been possible without support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev), the Province of Ontario, IBM Canada Ltd. and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). In addition, the dedication and commitment of SOSCIP’s Board of Directors, Scientific Advisory Committee and Operations Team have been instrumental to the success of the SOSCIP collaborative model.

We look forward to SOSCIP continuing to provide an essential platform for innovation in Canada for many years to come. 

Message from IBM Canada’s Pat Horgan

Pat Horgan

Pat Horgan

Vice President, Manufacturing, Development & Operations, IBM Canada Ltd.