Nova Scotia's Community of Interest

The Nova Scotia Community of Interest (COI) is a collaboration mechanism intended to drive decarbonization by accelerating the transition of Next Generation Materials from benchtop to real world environments. The COI was launched at Movin’ On Summit 2021 and will be led here at the Verschuren Centre.

Consumer demand and regulatory changes are driving large manufacturing companies to establish public carbon reduction goals and commitments. To reach these sustainability targets, manufacturers must decarbonize both their operations and supply chains. Energetic materials, biomaterials, and smart materials are all part of the solution, but achieving the scale required to make an impact has been an ongoing challenge.

By bringing together cross-disciplinary expertise from SMEs, manufacturing organizations, research organizations, and government bodies, the COI aims to build the runaway required for the manufacturing industry to scale up and adopt Next Generation Materials.

How It Works

The COI is part of a ‘Think and Do Tank’ model. The COI will act as a ‘think’ oriented mechanism: a supportive innovation ecosystem, focused on collaborative strategy, ideation, and information sharing. The aim is to spin out projects to ‘do’ oriented mechanisms or COI partners who will provide project execution support. Project participants can then take their updates and results back to the COI for feedback, further developing the COI’s collective knowledge and expanding the network.

This combination of ‘think & do’ will create an environment where organizations can collaborate on solutions to shared challenges, receive end-to-end commercialization support, and avoid pitfalls and valleys of death for promising innovations.

Community Event

On December 8th, 2021, we invite you to participate in the COI’s inaugural event. This event will explore how the Community aims to accelerate the transition of Next Generation Materials, what COI participation can look like, and how you can get involved. You will also get a chance to hear from some COI partners who will provide project execution support.

Following the event, the COI’s organizing body will request that interested organizations commit to officially joining as a publicly listed COI Members. Members will be subscribed to the COI’s Newsletter and invited to future events and support activities.

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about this community, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Cluster Development Officer

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CBU’s Career Services Department will be hosting a Job/Career Fair on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in CBU’s Great Hall (Student, Culture and Heritage Centre).

Bring your resumes, mingle with the employers and discover which opportunities could await you.

For more information:

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Krista Connell, CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) and Gail Tomblin Murphy, VP Research at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), will be visiting Cape Breton University on February 15, 2019. Ms. Connell and Dr. Tomblin Murphy would like to meet with researchers to learn about health-related research happening at CBU and discuss how NSHRF and NSHA might better support them – what works, what doesn’t, what we haven’t tried yet, etc.

If you engage in health-related research we invite you to a meet with Krista Connell and Gail Tomblin Murphy; please RSVP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by February 11, 2019.

DATE: Friday, February 15

TIME: 8:00AM-10:00AM


Light refreshments will be provided


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