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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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Innovations in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Dalhousie’s strengths in innovation and entrepreneurship facilitate opportunities for collaboration between companies and university researchers and help drive the commercialization of research.

High-impact research

Where Ideas Meet Impact: Dal researcher investigates the dangers of our digital exhaust
Internet-enabled devices listen to our every word and keystroke, but the data they collect and where it goes is not well understood. Read the Dal News story about how Dal research is helping to get a handle on this significant risk.

Where Ideas Meet Impact: Driving decarbonization for the global shipping industry
Dalhousie grads Mo AlGermozi and Marciel Gaier aim to upend the global marine coatings industry with Graphite Innovation & Technologies (GIT), a business helping to decarbonize global shipping that finds its origin as one of the first startups through the university’s Emera ideaHUB. Read the Dal News story about decarbonizing global shipping.

Dal researchers discover material that can boost battery life in laptops and other devices and prevent idle power loss
Researchers at Dalhousie University have identified an alternative to the tape used in commercial lithium-ion batteries that almost entirely prevents the power sources in laptops and other devices from losing their charge when sitting idle. Read the Dal News story about battery life research.

The right tool for the job: Catalyst earns Dal chemist Governor General’s Innovation Award
Dr. Stradiotto’s game-changing research resulted in the development and commercialization of the DalPhos – short for Dalhousie Phosphine – family of ligands which addresses important challenges in the creation of pharmaceuticals and has earned him collaborations with global industrial partners. Read the Dal News story about DalPhos.

Idea to Impact: Fisheries tech start‑up catches resources and talent at Dalhousie
Nova Scotian tech start-up Katchi aims to revolutionize commercial fishing with a precision fish harvesting system that has no contact with the ocean floor. It’s a mission that Dalhousie has supported with programs, resources and talent. Read the Dal News story about this fisheries start-up.  

Dal researchers help Rwanda contain lethal virus outbreak threatening country’s economy
The mosquito-borne Rift Valley Fever Virus was spreading rapidly through Rwanda. Dr. Kelvin and his research fellow, Dr. Pacifique Ndishimye launched multiple studies and initiatives to assess the efficacy of the current RVFV vaccine for cattle, build a better vaccine and determine how the disease actually affects the immune system prior to death. Read the Dal News story about RVFV vaccine work.

Where Ideas Meet Impact: Analytical toxicologist builds startup to help firefighters manage risk of carcinogen exposure
With support from Dal Innovates, PureSpire Biomonitoring Technologies founder Dr. Crystal Sweeney aims to develop products that make a critical difference in reducing risks associated with occupational carcinogen exposure in firefighters. Read the Dal News story about firefighting tech.

This Dal researcher helped Nova Scotia supersize its wild blueberry industry
Dr. David Percival has earned a spot as one of three finalists of a Public Impact Award presented by Research Nova Scotia for his research and collaboration with industry that has resulted in wild blueberry production in Nova Scotia quadrupling to more than 400 million pounds annually. Read the Dal News story about wild blueberry research.

Exceptional student experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation skills are not just for business students
The Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been designed to provide students from any participating Faculty at Dalhousie University with knowledge, skill and mindsets related to the foundational concepts (entrepreneurship and innovation) and the capacity to translate these outcomes to any future workplace or new business venture.

Develop as a leader with skill and creativity
Dal's Management program is designed to be flexible, open to your creative and varied interests, but built on a foundation of key management concepts like leadership, marketing, organizational behavior, and innovation. We want you to have the freedom to find careers that excite you.

Drone tech for farmers: One student’s journey in taking an idea from the lab to the marketplace
With a shared vision to help farmers produce more food, more sustainably at lower cost, Sabiha’s software aligns with the industry’s push toward automation. Equipment like self-driving tractors that work day and night is just the beginning. Read the Dal News story about drone tech.

African Nova Scotian women entrepreneurs to share experiences at Dalhousie Promise Scholars event
Presented by the Faculty of Management through the Promise Scholars program, the panel discussion creates much-needed space for conversations about women of African descent in business. Read the Dal News story about the panel discussion.

Sibling success: Dal brother‑sister duo win top spot in global innovation competition
A brother and sister team from Dalhousie won first place at the global finals of the World’s Challenge Challenge (WCC) for pitching an app that serves as a one-stop safety solution for victims of intimate partner violence. Read the Dal News story about the WCC winners.

Civic university with global impact

A push to pivot: Dal Innovates helps startup shift to meet the demands of a global market
Startup Zen Electric pivoted their business strategy after Dal Innovates mentors encouraged them to double down on the unmatched Dalhousie battery science that powers their product. Read the Dal News story about Zen Electric.

Growing the ocean economy through artificial intelligence and machine learning
DeepSense is a research platform headquartered in the Faculty of Computer Science. Its innovation priorities unite industry, academia, and government in an effort to boost the ocean economy in the Atlantic region through the application of big data analytics.  

Disrupting the ocean economy
The Oceans Stream at CDL-Atlantic is at the forefront of Canada’s Ocean industry. This Stream brings together experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and leading scientists from around the world who are active in the ocean industry. There are no fees for participation and CDL does not take any equity.

How Dal Innovates is helping to grow and evolve Atlantic Canada’s innovation ecosystem
Launched in 2020, Dal Innovates works with students across Atlantic Canada and beyond to inform and inspire the next generation of innovators. Although housed at Dalhousie University, the hub offers innovation-centric programming for students and researchers from universities throughout the region, giving them a solid foundation to translate ideas and research into market-ready solutions. Read the article about Dal Innovates in Saltwire.

Open Dialogue Live event explores how Dal drives innovation and entrepreneurship
Dalhousie’s emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship in recent years has dramatically accelerated its impact on the innovation ecosystem. This streamed event, free to the public, addressed the question: what role does Dal play in driving innovation and entrepreneurship here and around the world? Watch the innovation and entrepreneurship event on YouTube.

Foundation for inclusion and distinction

Commercial success: Dal Innovates picks up international award for helping researchers commercialize their innovations
Dalhousie received the “Deshpande Symposium Award for Technology Commercialization”  for excellence in empowering students and researchers to turn their research-based innovations into market-ready enterprises. Dal Innovates offers several programs free of charge to students or researchers at an Atlantic Canadian university or college. Read the Dal News story about the Deshpande award.

An engine for audacity
The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Dal Innovates) has had a remarkable 2022, launching new programs, supporting more participants than ever, and a complete rebrand. We’re grateful for all the amazing volunteers, mentors, participants, and ecosystem partners who make this programming what it is. Explore the annual report.