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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 18 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 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
  • Educational workshops, conferences and events
  • Near North Resource Alliance: client/ecosystem support group


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


  • Intellectual Property & International Business Law Event

    September 15, 2016

    IION will be hosting an event on Intellectual Property & International Business Law on Wednesday September 28th. Two lawyers from Ottawa will be coming to share their expertise to participants. Martin Aquilina from HazloLaw and Neil Milton of Miltons IP. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Emily Ryan at 705-474-7600
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  • Ballmer Systems Inc.- Handcrafted log homes built using robots!

    July 19, 2016

      High precision handcrafted log homes with natural shapes, built with state of the art CNC machines and robotics. Thanks to their patented process, Ballmer Systems Inc. is the only company in the world who can produce handcrafted log homes with robots and CNC machines. All other companies are building by hand with chainsaws. Up until now,
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  • IMFP Funding Renewal

    June 9, 2016

    IION’s Innovative Manufacturing & Facilitation Program (IMFP) has renewed it’s funding thanks to NRC-IRAP.   The IMFP is intended to assist incorporated small and medium sized for-profit enterprises looking to accelerate innovation and commercialization in the advanced manufacturing sector.