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If you are a researcher, inventor, technology based company or an entrepreneur Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) is here to assist you.


IION, one of 17 Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) in Ontario, is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and a member of the Northern Technology Alliance (NTA). IION’s region stretches North to Temiskaming Shores, South to Muskoka, West to West Nipissing and East to the Quebec Border; roughly 42,000 square kilometres.


IION is co-located at Canadore College and Nipissing University in North Bay. Being co-located presents the optimal setting to facilitate innovation. IION works collaboratively with a variety of strategic partners within the ONE to foster innovation and accelerate growth.


IION provides:

  • Business advisory and mentoring services
  • Direction and guidance on public and private funding including connections to angel investor networks
  • Connections to sector, financial, or legal experts
  • Access to market intelligence(
  • Promotes strategic business partnerships
  • In-house funding opportunities (Funding Opportunities Tab)
  • Educational workshops and events
  • Near North Resource Alliance: client/ecosystem support group (Under News and Events Tab)


 Take advantage of what Innovation Initiatives Ontario North has to offer and contact us today!


  • Ontario-grown quinoa close to commercialization

    October 21, 2014

    Demand for quinoa, a super food sought-after for its many health benefits, far outstrips supply. Most of it currently sold in Canada is imported from South America, primarily Bolivia.   Now, Ontario-grown quinoa – pronounced KEEN-wah –may soon be on the market.   Jamie Draves, President and CEO of Katan Kitchens, along with industry partner collaborators,
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  • Wabi Iron & Steel Corp.

    October 13, 2014

    Founded in 1907, Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. is a leading manufacturer of loading and conveyance systems for the mining industry and one of North America’s premier producers of general and abrasion-resistant castings in iron and steel. Innovation drives us to satisfy customer needs whether it’s developing high-volume haulage equipment such as mine ore cars
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  • Value Proposition Lunch & Learn

    October 6, 2014

            FREE Lunch & Learn Webinar on Wednesday October 29th from 12:00-1:00pm. Please contact Emily at IION for further information & to RSVP Look forward to seeing you there!