Economic Development

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Biofuels and Opportunities Division

Rationale for Commercialization of Agri-Based Innovation Support

The Division contracted NIVA to write a Review of the Rationale for Commercialization of Agri-Based Innovation Support. The report, which describes the current state of commercialization activities with a focus on the agriculture and agri-food sector in Canada and abroad, informs decision making on future directions for agri-based commercialization support.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Nearshoring Industry in Atlantic Canada Brochure

NIVA worked with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to produce a brochure on the competitive advantages of the nearshoring industry in Atlantic Canada and the successes of a variety of companies who chose Atlantic Canada for their nearshore operations. 

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Marketing Communications Strategy and Collateral

Marketing Communications Strategy and CollateralNIVA developed a marketing communications strategy for the newly formed Agency, and recommended a series of campaigns to support branding, government relations, community outreach, and public awareness. We supported implementation of the strategy by designing and writing an information brochure and presentation deck.






Environment Canada

Aboriginal Consultation Strategy with Supporting Communications Plan

NIVA developed a comprehensive consultation strategy to assist Environment Canada in conducting consultations with Aboriginal peoples on the proposed Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Part 9 regulations on storage tank systems on federal and Aboriginal lands. Environment Canada subsequently adopted the strategy as the departmental model for consultation with Aboriginal groups. To support the pilot consultation, we also developed a comprehensive communications strategy.

Federal S&T Community Secretariat

Map of Outcomes and Activities

The Secretariat requested NIVA's assistance to develop a plain-language version of the Federal S&T Map of Outcomes and Activities, which outlines how Canada's federal S&T departments and agencies are working together to develop solutions to national challenges. NIVA also developed the Oceans Science Case Study, a comprehensive report of Canada's federal ocean science activities across the environment, energy, health, economy, security, and defence domains.

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Genome Prairie

Strategy for Genomics in Manitoba

NIVA was engaged by Genome Prairie to identify areas of strength and priority for the Manitoba genomics research community. The community includes stakeholders such as Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives; Science, Technology, Energy, and Mines; the University of Manitoba; Manitoba Health Research Council; Institute of Cell Biology; Agri-Food and Rural Development; Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network; and Genome Prairie. NIVA conducted research through the review of resource documents, stakeholder interviews, and analyzed resulting information. Based on this research, NIVA synthesized a strategy document and developed overviews of three focus areas to supplement the strategy.

GS1 Canada

Communications Strategy and Business Plan

Communications Strategy and Business PlanIn 2005, the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada became a member of GS1, the world’s largest e-commerce standards organization. NIVA developed the communications strategy that provided a strategic roadmap for the Council to effectively launch its new name (GS1 Canada) and affiliation with a global network of 100 member countries. We developed a business plan, white papers, an annual report, and a website. We also developed presentations aimed at renewed government funding.



Health Canada, Office of Science and Risk Management

Strategic Science Plan

The Office of Science and Risk Management required assistance from NIVA in developing the Health Products and Food Branch Strategic Science Plan. The plan complements the Branch’s overall strategic plan by providing greater clarity, depth, and precision with respect to science as both the key enabler for many of the Branch’s activities and for many of its domestic and international partnerships.

ICON International Inc.

Marketing Communications

NIVA headed a renewal strategy for ICON International Inc., one of North America's largest corporate traders. Our work included facilitating meetings with senior management, preparing a marketing communications plan, developing website content, and writing marketing and sales training materials.

Natural Resources Canada

GeoConnections Annual Report

NIVA produced the GeoConnections annual report for two successive years, highlighting activities and impacts for 2008-09 and 2009-10. The report includes summaries of activities in four program areas, and the results from a user survey that we implemented and analyzed. We also developed a series of success stories for the reports, describing global information systems applications in the areas of public safety and security, public health, environmental and sustainable development, and matters of importance to Aboriginal people.

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Natural Resources Canada, Technology and Innovation R&D Initiative

Summary Report

To highlight the contributions of climate change researchers in helping Canada demonstrate the impact of S&T investment to Canadians, NIVA developed a summary report. This initiative included nine funding programs and targeted five technology areas: cleaner fossil fuels; advanced end-use efficiency; decentralized energy production; biotechnology; and the hydrogen economy.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

International Advisory Committee Materials

International Advisory Committee MaterialsThe International Advisory Committee carried out a high-level review of the Networks of Centres of Excellence program to ensure relevance and effectiveness in linking science and technology research with wealth creation. NIVA acted as the Committee’s secretariat, recording minutes of meetings, developing key documents for the meetings, and producing the Committee’s final report and recommendations.



Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology

Overview of Nanotechnology in Canada

Synthesizing information provided by the Council and an international review of nanotechnology, NIVA produced a report that describes how nanotechnology research is conducted; the potential for commercialization; ethical, environmental, and social issues related to nanotechnology; and the need for a national strategy.

Privy Council Office

Smart Regulation Communications Support

NIVA provided communications planning and writing and editing services in support of the federal Smart Regulation initiative to renew Canada's regulatory system. We developed a communications strategy, tactical communications plan, and various vehicles, including a Report on Actions and Plans, a press release, speech modules, and a Q&A document.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Trade and Investment Brochure and Fact Sheets

NIVA developed marketing materials to support promotion of trade and investment in Canada’s four western provinces. NIVA researched, wrote, designed, and coordinated production of both hard copy and online versions of a brochure and six fact sheets. We also prepared a Chinese version for trade missions to that country.