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Sault students, businesses to benefit from new Algoma U partnership

Mitacs agreement will provide help with training, research and development
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Post-secondary students in Sault Ste. Marie will have greater access to high-quality internships, and businesses will gain access to important research and development resources, thanks to a new partnership between Algoma University and Mitacs.

On Sept. 3, Algoma announced it had inked a deal with the Toronto-based non-profit organization, which operates research and training programs in support of industrial and social innovation.

“Providing our students with dynamic opportunities for experiential learning while assisting in supporting the research being conducted by our faculty is very important to Algoma University,” said Donna Rogers, Algoma’s vice-president of academic and research, in a news release.

“We are excited about this new partnership and I personally am looking forward to the experiences our students will have.”

Mitacs provides up to 55 per cent of funding for a project, while connecting highly trained researchers to the businesses that need help.

It’s expected the Algoma-Mitacs partnership will assist businesses and not-for-profits adapt to address challenges brought about by COVID-19.

“The opportunity to provide students with research training during the economic downturn will help ensure talented university students from Algoma are contributing to Ontario’s recovery while building skills that our economy will need in the future,” said John Hepburn, Mitacs’ CEO and scientific director, in the release.

According to Mitacs, the organization has funded more than 16,000 projects in its 20-year history and invested more than $858 million in the last 10 years alone.