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Welcome to IC-IMPACTS

IC-IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability) is the first, and only, Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) as a new Centre dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India. Built upon the vision of three of Canada’s leading research universities – The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto – IC-IMPACTS is a pan-Canadian Centre bringing together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from across India and Canada, to work hand-in-hand to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.

Our Vision

Working hand-in-hand with communities in Canada and India, IC-IMPACTS and its partners will develop and implement community-based solutions to the most urgent needs of each nation: poor water quality, unsafe and unsustainable infrastructure, and poor health from water-borne and infectious diseases. By helping communities overcome these urgent problems, IC-IMPACTS will create Healthy Communities in both nations through improved health and longevity, increased economic prosperity, and positive social change.

Our Mission

Driven by a commitment to research excellence and partnership, IC-IMPACTS will deliver a new model for international collaboration that ensures on-the-ground change in local communities.

IC-IMPACTS will be a portal for multisector engagement between Canada and India, providing new pathways for leadership in commercialization and innovation, and enhancing the competitiveness and prosperity of their industrial sectors.

IC-IMPACTS will reaffirm Canada and India’s international reputations for leadership in research and innovation through an impact-focused research program that demonstrates clear benefits to partner communities, industrial sectors, and capacity-building initiatives. This will provide a firm and collaborative foundation for partnership between the two countries enabling them to look to each other to advance their innovation and economies in the future.

By providing real-world experiences in implementing solutions in community contexts, IC-IMPACTS will train and equip a generation of entrepreneurial researchers and innovators with essential skills in research, innovation, commercialization, and leadership. These “innovation leaders” will continue the work of IC-IMPACTS around the world, driving knowledge economies and enabling enduring social change.