Founded in 2004, Springboard Atlantic Inc. is Atlantic Canada's commercialization and industry liaison network. It is a collection of 14 universities and 5 community colleges (the Members) in Atlantic Canada and an indispensable component of the movement to expand and enhance the knowledge economy. A not-for-profit corporation, we strive to mobilize and drive innovation to enhance the economic development of the region.

Beyond commercialization, the network is dedicated to capacity building within the institutions and within industry and networking and relationship building. While Springboard members are integrated into their member institutions and their titles and offices may have different names, talking to one of them is talking to all of Springboard. We are a network of people and connections that drive Atlantic growth.

Chris Mathis

“President & CEO ”


This phase' highlights report is a celebration of the continued growth and opportunity being realized across our region. While it showcases some of the amazing research and ideas being nurtured by our 19 institutions, it also marks the beginning of a new era of regional support for commercialization activity.

The ideas that have received support and the companies that have received help over the last three years of the Springboard mandate are literally helping to save lives and change the way we interact with the world.

I'm also confident that many of these amazing discoveries and ideas would not have come to light if it were not for the continued hard work of our members and the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The success we have seen highlights what happens when our three levels of government, our institutions and our Atlantic Canadian businesses work together.

A recent article from Springboard in Canadian Innovation News highlights the growth in the start-up ecosystem across Atlantic Canada in just the last decade. That growth, coupled with the support from our network has been #springboarding this region forward.

We have strengthened our regional and national partnerships, added to our network and broadened our reach within the investor and business communities.

It has once again been my privilege to work with the people that make up the Springboard network. Their passion for Atlantic growth and prosperity is helping to drive our region forward and positioning us as equals on the global commercialization stage.


Getting "ExACT" results  

The first step to combatting greenhouse gas emissions is the ability to detect and map them. That's what makes the recent announcement of a new partnership between Dr. David Risk of the St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) Department of Earth Sciences and his research team, and the Altus Group so exciting.

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Better beer – a "Case" study

What's the best kept secret in northern New Brunswick? If you said Petit-Sault Microbrewery you'd be surprisingly close. This successful Atlantic-based beer company owes part of its success to R&D teams operating from CCNB's two complementary research centers located in Grand Falls – namely the Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre (BTSC) & the Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre (ECSWCC).

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Agile Technologies - soaring to new heights

Agile Sensor Technologies is a start-up out of Memorial University (MUN) focused on the commercialization of robotics technologies for industrial automation and aerospace and defence markets. The company was founded in 2014 following a multi-year project carried out at MUN. The company introduced its first product, a motor control system for drones, in December 2015.

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By the Numbers

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Phase 4 in Review

From saving trees to literally saving lives. Our members have had a tremendous impact in the last 3 years. Read more here.

Looking Forward

As we look forward, it's key to see how the Springboard Network is uniquely positioned to support the continued development of the Atlantic Growth Strategy and all the possibilities it creates for this region.

As we work towards these goals, Springboard will continue to help our Atlantic-based companies solve problems and overcome impediments to growth.

We are a network of people helping to solve real life challenges by #springboarding innovation forward.

We're excited about what the future holds and the opportunities yet to come.

Thank you to our funding partners: