History of SOSCIP

Five years of supporting innovation

Launched in April 2012, the SOSCIP consortium is a ground-breaking collaboration between Ontario’s research-intensive post-secondary institutions, IBM Canada Ltd., Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and dozens of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the province.

Through significant funding from the federal government [from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev)], the Province of Ontario, IBM and others, SOSCIP pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing platforms to fuel Canadian innovation within the areas of agile computing, health, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity.

Originally known as Southern Ontario Smart Computing for Innovation Platform, the consortium began with just seven academic member institutions including lead industrial partner, IBM, University of Toronto, Western University, McMaster University, Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In April 2014, Carleton University, Ryerson University, York University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) joined the consortium.  In 2015, OCAD University, University of Windsor and Seneca College joined the consortium. The University of Guelph joined as the 15th academic member institution in 2016.

SOSCIP’s Mission Statement

SOSCIP’s mission is to bring together academic researchers with industrial partners to use state-of-the-art advanced computing and data science technologies to solve social, technical and business challenges across sectors and drive economic growth.

SOSCIP’s Mandate

SOSCIP was born out of the recognition that universities and industry could work together to play a pivotal role in helping to address the innovation gap in Canada and support technological innovation through big data.

Designed to address these issues simultaneously, SOSCIP’s mandate is to bring together academic researchers with SMEs and IBM to pursue collaborative R&D projects using advanced computing and data science to drive innovation.

SOSCIP aims to build on our greatest strengths and continue to fill a distinct niche in Ontario’s advanced computing environment by providing unique capabilities for advanced research computing and data science not available elsewhere in the province.

Innovation Realized

In just five years, SOSCIP’s advanced computing technologies and expert resources have enabled academic researchers and industry partners to make a significant impact. Since 2012*, SOSCIP has:

  • Launched 107 industry-academic collaborative projects
  • Helped 454 highly qualified trainees develop data science skills
  • Engaged 62 unique SMEs in collaborative R&D projects
  • Expanded our membership to include 15 of Ontario’s most research-intensive academic institutions.

*Figures as of April 1, 2017.

Read the 2017 Impact Report to learn more about our impact.