PHC participates in Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster initiative

Jan 11, 2018 | News

Providence Health Care and St. Paul’s Foundation have secured an extraordinary opportunity to amplify our Innovation activity and accelerate our efforts toward Transformation. 

We are participating as a Founding Member in Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster consortium. Our supercluster is one of the nine finalists currently competing for funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative. Successful applicants could be announced as early as late-January to mid-February. 

The consortium is comprised of digital technology companies from across the spectrum of startups, small and medium enterprises, large companies, multinationals, large industry adopters, post-secondary institutions, and research institutions. TELUS, Microsoft, Lifelabs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and over 200 other organizations and post-secondary institutions have joined this consortium. Members have committed $500 million in funding. More information is available at

The Digital Technology Supercluster will advance collaborative projects that draw upon capabilities from participants to advance solutions using virtual, mixed and augmented reality, data analytics and quantum computing. Participants in the supercluster will have the opportunity to benefit from the following:

  • Shared expertise, investment and risk;
  • Increased access to innovation and research;
  • Supports to expedite the commercialization, adoption and success of innovative products, platforms, and technologies;
  • Enhanced availability of a skilled, job-ready workforce; and
  • Connectivity to the world’s cloud computing epicenter in Cascadia along North America’s West Coast.

Our Supercluster will position Canada as a global leader in using big data to advance economic opportunities, and address some of the biggest productivity, health, and sustainability challenges facing our world today. 

We look forward to soon being in touch with updates and to moving forward with you to make the most of this opportunity to realize the vision to transform care for our patients.

For more information, please be in touch with:

Wendy Hansson
Vice President Quality & Innovation and Chief Transformation Officer
Providence Health Care
Cell: 604-992-3101

Ivone Martins
Chief Innovation Development Officer
St. Paul's Foundation
Office: 604-806-8920 Cell: 604-315-5014

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