Innovation Bridge was founded in 2017 by a group of dedicated organizations from the private an public sectors who wanted to raise the profile of the Sarnia-Lambton region as a community for innovation-led industries. Their vision is to build an innovative alliance which provides support to private and public enterprises to develop, evaluate and commercialize innovative technologies. Innovation Bridge is an industey-led innovation centre that
supports, fosters and celebrates a community of innovative companies. it provides support to companies at all stages of growth and development —from startups to rapidly-growing small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). Areas of focus for Innovation Bridge include: information technology and communication, advanced manufacturing, automation and clean, green and sustainable technologies.
The vision of Innovation Bridge is in alignment with Sarnia-Lambton’s innovation strategy which supports targeted efforts in investment attraction, business retention and expansion, cluster development and entrepreneurship.
Innovation Bridge brings together key players—from industry, to government agencies, academic institution, tech incubators and accelerators—to create an environment like no other. Innovation Bridge’s founding organizations are:
• Economic Development Association: Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership,
• Academia: Lambton College,
• Incubator: Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park,
• Business Accelerator: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,
• Industry Parks: Bluewater Energy Park and Bio-industrial Park
• Broadband: Bluewater Regional Network.
These partners provide a $30M research facility, 9,000 sq.ft of laboratory space,
11,500 sq. ft pilot space, 68 hectares of production space to companies for
world-leading collaboration, innovation and production.
Our goal is to train and attract more talent to the region, build globally-recognized
industry clusters and provide better support for companies.
INNOVATION BRIDGE PARTNERS
Lambton College is the areas only applied research and development centre with aims to strengthen local industry, business, government and the Sarnia-Lambton community through collaborative applied research, commercialization and entrepreneurial activities. Lambton College recently established a Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies, which is supported by 5 applied research centres. The vision of Lambton College is to be recognized for excellence in applied research and development, knowledgeable transfer and commercialization.
The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) is a one-stop shop for economic development services whose mission is to promote the distinctive advantages that Sarnia-Lambton has to offer to companies and residents. SLEP works to coordinate community-based economic development initiatives and maintain a commercially attractive environment, which in turn fosters new business creation and helps ensure established firms remain and grow in the region.
The Bluewater Energy Park is a fully services 108.5 hectare (268 acres) site located on the bank of the St. Clair River in Sarnia, Canada. At present, the Park has 68.8 hectares (170 acres) available for the development of new manufacturing and is able to provide steam and electrical power from Trans-Alta's Sarnia Regional Cogeneration Plant at favourable prices.
The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park serves as a strong link between concept and commerce, and a key contributor to the movement of an idea or a discovery from the lab bench to the marketplace. The Research Park's Commercialization Centre is Canada's largest clean-tech incubator, focused on large-scale industrial technology, including fuels, products and processes.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a nationally focused not-for-profit business accelerator with the vision to create jobs and economic values sustainably for Canada. A focus for BIC has been to support the Sarnia-Lambton region to become a world-scale Hybrid Chemistry Cluster. Working within the traditional petrochemical cluster, Sarnia-Lambton is well positioned to become a leader in industrial bioproducts manufacturing. BIC is enabling Ontario and Canada to become globally recognized for converting renewable resources such as agricultural and forestry by-products and residues, into value-added bioenergy, biofuel, and biochemical and biomaterials. These are used in a wide range of commercial applications along the chemistry value to advanced manufacturing including automotive and aerospace.
Bluewater Regional Networks is a locally controlled, carrier-grade, high speed fibre network services company that provides reliable, affordable and customer focused services in the Sarnia-Lambton area. The Bluewater Regional Network signifies the next step in delivering the infrastructure that Sarnia-Lambton's businesses require to stay competitive.
The Bio-Industrial Park offers several sites available for the development of new manufacturing with access to existing pipeline infrastructure as well as steam and market access via rail and marine. The Park's western boundary at the St. Clair River, provides a deep water dock facility that provides access, through the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the ships on the Great Lakes system and international oceanic cargo. The site is also services with rail service from both CN and CSX rail which connect to markets in Canada and the U.S. via the St. Clair Rail Tunnel.
An innovative alliance which provides support to private and public enterprises to develop, evaluate and commercialize innovative technologies.
Provide dynamic and collaborative leadership to accelerate commercialization of innovative technologies. Leverage the unique assets and expertise of Sarnia-Lambton partner's to attract companies, create jobs and investment in order to sustain, grow and transform.
Sarnia-Lambton's economy in alignment with the partners' strategic plans and Canada's vision. Innovation Bridge partners aim to be a commercialization leader in both Canadian and global economies.
1. Promote Sarnia-Lambton's innovation and commercialization capacity
2. Attract industry for leading edge research and development (R&D) and commercialization activities
3. Assist in moving technologies from concept to commercialization
4. Provide Solutions and Trouble-Shooting Assistance
5. Conduct strategic studies and consulting
6. Aid in the establishment and advancement of start-up companies
7. Develop highly qualified personnel
8. Provide a robust infrastructure to support office, laboratory, and manufacturing processes to aide in the success of your innovative technology.
9. Foster collaboration between industry leaders and academics with tech start-ups to incubate products from concept to market.