Technology Access Center Model Celebrates Decade of Success: New Report


OTTAWA (ON), September 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, Tech-Access Canada released a new report titled “Technology Access Centres: A Decade of Success!” A Technology Access Center (TAC) is a state-of-the-art applied research and innovation center affiliated with a Canadian college or CEGEP, specializing in a particular area of ​​expertise and offering research applied, technical services and training/knowledge mobilization. There are currently 60 TACs operating across Canada with various areas of expertise in innovation.

The report looks at the successful TAC model and covers what TACs do, who they are, how they benefit the industry and how they contribute to from Canada innovation ecosystem and enable a thriving economy.

The report is available for reading and downloading at:

The report was written by Nathalie Méthot, Director – Office of Research and Innovation, Collège La Cité, and President, Tech-Access Canada, David BerthiaumeCEO – Kemitek, Cégep de Thetford, and ex-officio president, Tech-Access Canada, and Ken DoyleExecutive Director, Tech-Access Canada.

“CATs are a uniquely Canadian innovation and, as a public resource, are designed to be local, accessible and affordable. The CATs are a source of pride in their communities and help build resilient regional economies,” said Nathalie Méthot – Collège La Cité and President of Tech-Access Canada.

Last year, TACs helped more than 5,000 Canadian businesses – over 80% of which were small businesses – advance their products, processes and services by:

    • conduct applied research and development projects focused on business issues;
    • provide expert technical services and objective advice; and
    • provide training related to new types of equipment and processes.

“TACs are nationally recognized research centers with a common goal that operate independently of each other. Together, however, they form a highly cohesive system, which is essential to the TAC model. consistency at local, regional and national levels,” said David Berthiaume – CEO of Kemitek.

TAC’s industry-friendly intellectual property policies put intellectual property in the hands of industry for commercial exploitation, a huge benefit for small businesses hoping to stay nimble and grow.

“TACs do the heavy lifting to help companies propel innovative new ideas scribbled on the back of napkins into lucrative markets in Canada and around the world. TACs also provide objective advice and help companies reduce the risks of adopting new technologies,” said Ken DoyleExecutive Director, Tech-Access Canada.

Established in 2015, Tech-Access Canada is a not-for-profit organization acting as a national network of from Canada TAC. Tech-Access Canada shares best practices among its members and administers various initiatives using TACs as a dedicated team of service providers, including the interactive tours program, TAC360 and the Jump Ball initiative.

Learn more about TACs at

SOURCE Tech-Access Canada

For further information: Ken Doyle, Executive Director, Tech-Access Canada, Phone: 613.209.3279, Email: [email protected], Twitter: @TechAccessCDA, 350 Sparks Street, Suite 909 | Ottawa, ON | K1R 7S8, | | |


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