Who We Are

Smart computing for innovation

Based in Ontario, SOSCIP is unique as Canada’s only R&D consortium harnessing advanced computing to drive innovation.

SOSCIP’s mission is to bring together industrial partners and academic researchers and provide them with sophisticated advanced computing technologies and expertise to solve social, technical and business challenges across sectors and drive economic growth.

Developed as a collaboration between 15 Ontario post-secondary institutions, IBM Canada Ltd. and many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the province, SOSCIP has catalyzed the creation of a collaborative ecosystem that has accelerated the economic impact, job creation, skills retention and growth of over 120 Canadian firms. 

Learn more about SOSCIP’s mission, core values and commitment to equity, diversity & inclusion.

Driving R&D Advanced Computing

 The unique technologies, partnership-building capabilities and extensive research support framework provided by SOSCIP allows companies to accelerate development of new products and services and increase their impact on the Canadian and global economy. By tapping into world-leading research expertise at Canada’s colleges and universities, SOSCIP makes it easy for companies to access the latest in advanced computational, AI and data science technologies, as well as the talent needed to sustain long-term growth. 

Specifically, SOSCIP provides industry partners and academic research teams access to leading-edge technology and technical expertise, while providing ongoing project support to ensure that our partners overcome any obstacles over the course of a project. This recipe has fostered a reputation for excellence and a proven track record of success in innovation, while helping our partners commercialize new products and services, improve business processes, increase sales, create new jobs and grow their companies.

Building a strong future for Canadians, the SOSCIP collaborative ecosystem is a key fabric to the economic development in Ontario through developing made-in-Canada advanced technical skilland delivering innovative outcomes that will contribute to a skilled and innovative economy.  

History

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 Ontario)], 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 has expanded from seven academic institutions to 15 by 2016.

Consortium Members

Current consortium members include Carleton University, IBM Canada, McMaster University, OCAD University, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University.

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