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Message from the Executive Director

This past year was one of progress, expansion, and partnerships for GreenCentre Canada.

Once again, our team's hard work produced results through the continuation and completion of several projects. To name a few, we formalized partnerships with Chiral Technologies, Maratek Environmental, ASM, and BASF, established a lab in Mississauga at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and launched our IHC₄ (InnovationHouse Chemistry Countering Climate Change) Programs to support academic researchers and entrepreneurs developing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GreenCentre is dedicated to generating solutions that improve both the economy and the environment. We are constantly looking for ways to de-risk, scale up, and ultimately commercialize technologies based in green chemistry while also creating economic benefits for Canada.

I am proud to be part of an organization dedicated to changing chemistry and changing the world.

Pete Pigott
Executive Director

Who We Are

GreenCentre's mission is to advance novel green chemistry research and technologies that improve both the economy and the environment.

We take a hands-on approach to developing chemistry and material based innovations. From helping commercialize academic and entrepreneurial discoveries to providing established companies a confidential space to expand their R&D capabilities, we transform chemistry breakthroughs into products and services that will enhance quality of life and preserve the environment for future generations.

Partnerships are at the heart of GreenCentre's mandate, and we provide research and development services to three distinct customer segments, each with different needs and financial means: Academic Researchers, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises, and Large Industury Companies.

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Our Facilities

Chemistry Innovation Centre - Kingston

Location: Innovation Park, Kingston ON. Our Chemistry Innovation Centre focuses on bench-scale chemistry and application testing. GreenCentre's head office is also located here.

Chemistry Innovation Centre - Kingston

Location: Innovation Park, Kingston ON. Our Chemistry Innovation Centre focuses on bench-scale chemistry and application testing. GreenCentre's head office is also located here.

Chemistry Innovation Centre - Kingston

Location: Innovation Park, Kingston ON. Our Chemistry Innovation Centre focuses on bench-scale chemistry and application testing. GreenCentre's head office is also located here.

Scale-up and Pilot Facility - Mississauga

Location: Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga ON. Our Scale-up and Pilot Facility was established in partnership with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, focusing on process scale-up and optimization, and pilot-scale production.

Scale-up and Pilot Facility - Mississauga

Location: Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga ON. Our Scale-up and Pilot Facility was established in partnership with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, focusing on process scale-up and optimization, and pilot-scale production.

Scale-up and Pilot Facility - Mississauga

Location: Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga ON. Our Scale-up and Pilot Facility was established in partnership with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, focusing on process scale-up and optimization, and pilot-scale production.

Our Commitment to Safety

We prioritize safety in everything we do, which has resulted in the following accomplishments & milestones during the past year.

No recordable incidents
No lost time injuries
No reportable releases
WSIB rate has gone down
Created and/or amended 16 policies and procedure

Our Partners

Partnerships are central to everything that GreenCentre does. Our network includes partners across academia, government, industry, and entrepreneurs.

A few highlights from this past year were the creation of new partnerships with Maratek Environmental, Chiral Technologies, and Johnson Matthey, each of which enabled us to bring a green chemistry technology to market for the benefit of consumers and the scientific community.

 
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Our Team

GreenCentre's ongoing success is due to our dedicated team of highly qualified scientists and professionals in business development, intellectual property, and commercialization.

Kingston Techinal Team
Back row (left to right): Josh, Paul, Patrick, Tim C., Adam. Middle row: Nick, Simon, Fatme, Amy, Karinna. Front row: Yun, Beth, Mahboubeh.

Kingston Administration
Back row (left to right): Cher, Vanessa, Marilyn. Front row: Brian, Leah, Aaron.

Mississauga Techincal Team
Left to right: Brandon, Craig.

Mississauga Staff
Back row (left to right): Andrew, Craig, Tim B. Front row: Brandon, Laura, Pete. Not pictured: Preston Chase.

Innovation Services for Academics

The research discoveries that are made in academic labs across Canada and worldwide have tremendous potential to have a positive impact on our environment and our lives, especially those that relate to green chemistry. GreenCentre's state-of-the-art facilities, highly experienced team of technical, business development, and intellectual property professionals, and strong relationships with global companies provide real opportunities to get academic discoveries to market.

IHC₄ Call for Academic Inventions

This past October, we created the IHC₄ Call for Academic Inventions initiative to award proof-of-principle grants up to $50,000 for early-stage academic technologies that have the potential to counter climate change. We received 17 applications from researchers across Canada, in a wide variety of fields. Through our prescreening process, five technologies were selected for a full assessment that includes seeking industry validation.

Commercialization of Research Through Industry Partnerships

Prof. Steve Bergens, University of Alberta

Commercializing homogeneous catalysts for use in flow reactor systems with Chiral Technologies.

Prof. Dmitri Goussev, Wilfrid Laurier University

Manufacturing catalysts to make pharmaceuticals, detergents, cosmetics, flavours, and fragrances with Johnson Matthey.

Working with GreenCentre has given me access to additional funding and industrial contacts that have greatly enhanced my research program. GreenCentre's assessment program alone provided commercial validation and was a key element in a successful NSERC I2I funding application."

Prof. Natia Frank, University of Victoria

More Testimonials

In-Licensed Technologies

Prof. Natia Frank, University of Victoria

Light-induced magnetoresistive random-access memory.

Prof. Guojun Liu, Queen's University

Emulsion separation materials.

Prof. Cathleen Crudden & Prof. J. Hugh Horton, Queen's University

Carbene self-assembled monolayers.

Academic Intellectual Property

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10 Patents Successfully Issued This Fiscal Year

Innovation Services for Entrepreneurs & SMEs

It is critical for SMEs to succeed in commercialization and adoption, since the disruptive technologies that they are built on have huge potential for societal and environmental benefit.

GreenCentre helps chemistry and materials-based SMEs get through the development valley by providing laboratory resources, technical and business expertise, and access to our network of companies and investors.

IHC₄ SME Competition

In September 2016 we launched our first IHC₄ SME Competition, specifically created to assist SMEs with technologies that show the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

At the application stage, we received information from 18 companies, out of which 9 finalists were selected to participate in a lively day of back-to-back presentations to an external panel of experts, to pitch their technology, development project and business case. After an exciting day of presentations, the 5 most promising SMEs were awarded access to our expertise and services to complete development projects to advance their technologies at no cost.

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17 SME clients were provided Innovation Services through the ONE Chemistry & IHC₄ Programs
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18 applicants to the first IHC₄ SME Competition
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9 SME IHC₄ finalists presented to a team of external panelists
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5 SMEs selected to receive GreenCentre's IHC₄ services and resources at no cost

IHC₄ SME Competition Winners

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Innovation Services for Large Enterprises

Most of our large industry clients wish to remain anonymous, and we keep our work with these clients confidential. Two non-anonymous large enterprises initiated this year are ASM and BASF. Here is what they have to say about our services:

ASM Collaboration

"We have worked with GreenCentre over the years and found them to be extremely knowledgeable, working with high velocity and excellent communication. They have been integral to ASM on several projects and consider them part of our extended R&D community."

Eric Shero,
Director of ALD Process & Applications Development at ASM International.

BASF Collaboration

"GreenCentre Canada is an outstanding external collaboration partner."

Timothy December,
Development Expert at BASF.

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15 contracts with Large Enterprises initiated this fiscal year

Our Areas of Expertise:

  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Nanomaterials Synthesis
  • Composite Material Synthesis
  • Coatings
  • Semiconductor Materials
  • Catalyst Development
  • Water Treatment and Purification
  • Process Development

InnovationHouse

InnovationHouse, created and launched by GreenCentre in 2015, is an online sector-specific, collaborative resource for entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and industry to access information and resources related to developing chemistry technologies.

InnovationHouse allows GreenCentre to be recognized as an international leader in identifying the most promising chemistry research for commercial applications, as well as the innovation needs of the chemistry sector.

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309 total profiles submitted from researchers, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, NGOs, investors, and government officials

Top 10 Successes in 2016

As GreenCentre continues to help Change Chemistry and Change the World, here is a recap of our top ten successes from 2016.

 
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IHC₄ SME Competition

We held our first IHC₄ SME Competition, designed to accelerate technologies showing greenhouse-gas-reduction potential from startups and small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs). After an exciting day of presentations to an external panel, the five most promising SMEs were awarded with access to our expertise and services to complete a development project to advance their technologies.

Read The Media Release
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Three Academic Technologies In-licensed

This past year, we in-licensed three new academic technologies: magnetoresistive random-access memory from Prof. Natia Frank (University of Victoria), emulsion separation materials from Prof. Guojun Liu (Queen's University), and carbene self-assembled monolayers from Prof. Cathleen Crudden and Prof. J. Hugh Horton (Queen's University).

Read About Our Academic In-Licensing Process
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New Lab In Mississauga

We now have an operational lab at our Mississauga location at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), the first satellite location outside of our main Kingston site. The XRCC lab is now home to two of our scientists, Dr. Craig Wheaton and Dr. Brandon Djukic. Our partnership with XRCC also grants us access to XRCC's pilot plant facility.

Read About Our Kingston and Mississauga Sites
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License Agreement With Johnson Matthey

We entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Johnson Matthey to manufacture catalysts that will make a wide variety of commercial products. These ester hydrogenation catalysts, originally developed by Prof. Dmitri Goussev at Wilfrid Laurier University, can be used to make pharmaceuticals, detergents, cosmetics, flavours, and fragrances.

Read The Media Release
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Partnership With Chiral Technologies

Our partnership with Chiral Technologies is an agreement to jointly commercialize a powerful new catalyst technology for the synthesis of fine chemicals, including pharmaceuticals and fragrance products. This technology, originally developed by Prof. Steve Bergens at the University of Alberta, allows for homogeneous catalysts to be used in flow reactor systems.

Read The Media Release
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Ten Patents Successfully Issued

Our in-licensed portfolio now includes a total of 25 issued patents, of which 10 were granted in 2016 alone. This demonstrates our continued commitment to the development and commercialization of our green chemistry technologies.

Learn More About Our Intellectual Property Policy
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IHC₄ Call For Academic Inventions

As part of our IHC₄ program, we created the IHC₄ Call for Academic Inventions to award proof-of-principle grants up to $50,000 for early-stage academic technologies that counter climate change.

Read The Media Release
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Forward Water Technologies Developments

Forward Water Technologies (FWT), the GreenCentre spin-off based on Prof. Philip Jessop's work at Queen's University, completed and is successfully operating its scalable Micro Pilot Unit. FWT also received funding from Southern Ontario Water Consortium's Advancing Water Technologies program for collaborative projects with the University of Toronto.

Learn More About FWT
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Partnership With Maratek Environmental

We partnered with Maratek Environmental to commercialize unique technology solutions for the recovery of industrial solvents. This will help mitigate the environmental impact of used solvents and reduce the need for their disposal by incineration or landfill.

Read The Media Release
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Expanded Our Team With New HQPs

In 2016, we hired Dr. Preston Chase as Director of Academic Business Development, and Laura Reyes as Marketing & Communications Coordinator. We are also thrilled to welcome our new technical hires: Patrick Eisenberger, Simon van der Plas, Joshua MacLennan, and Nicholas Beach.

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GreenCentre Canada's research and development (R&D) work focuses on scale-up: taking something from a concept right through to market application..."

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The PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Patent Application for LI-RAM was filed in partnership with Green Centre Canada, who named their work on the technology as a top achievement for 2016."

University of Victoria

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Our in-licensed technology, from Prof. Natia Frank, uses light to store memory - a faster and more energy-efficient process for computers and smartphones.