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Show Me The Money – Funding Opportunities for SMEs

March 26, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am




Show Me the Money – Funding Opportunities for SMEs

Finding and applying for government grants or loans can be a time-consuming, complex process. This Breakfast & Learn at Niagara College will help you navigate the complexity.

Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal government bodies can help your business through grants, loans, or other forms of financing.

There are many misconceptions about government grants for small businesses. The government isn’t just giving away money – they’ve created publicly funded programs to help the Canadian economy. Some programs are available to businesses all over Canada, while others are restricted to certain business types or regions. Most funding programs have strict requirements for use of funds and reporting requirements.

Come find out:

  • what opportunities are available from those who administer these grants
  • if there is a fit for your application of business
  • if, through the application of advanced manufacturing technologies, the college may become part of this process.

Hear from representatives of:

  • National Research Council of Canada: Hugh Scholaert, Industry Technology Advisor, IRAP
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence: Julie Lukkarila, Business Development Manager
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade: Marika Swain, Senior Business Advisory for Niagara

(Full bios for each included below)


What are my parking options for the workshop?

Parking passes and a campus map will be emailed to all registered guests prior to the event

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Niagara College Research & Innovation

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are possible if initiated by 12 noon on mon, March 25, 2019. Refund inquiries can be processed through your Eventbrite account or by contacting research @niagaracollege.ca

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Tickets can be transferred until 12 noon on mon, March 25, 2019.Registration amendments can be processed through your Eventbrite account or by contact [email protected]

The name on my ticket/registration doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, it is okay if the name on the registration/ticket does not match the attendee. However, we would appreciate being notified of any changes to attendee information as soon as possible. Please contact [email protected] with registration updates.



Industrial Technology Advisor, Industrial Research Assistance Program, National Research Council Canada

Hugh holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. Upon graduation he co-founded Aastra Technologies, a company involved in business communications equipment and applications. The firm was eventually listed on the TSE and grew to have a global footprint. In 2012, Aastra was merged with Mitel and Mr. Scholaert bought a farm in Pelham where he briefly retired from his position as Regional President.

He has now been acting as Industrial Technology Advisor for the National Research Council, Industrial Research Assistance Program, serving the Niagara region since 2016.


Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Southwestern Ontario Region

As a Business Development Manager at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Julie’s primary role is to initiate and cultivate academic and industry partnerships within the South Western Ontario Region. Her areas of expertise range from advanced manufacturing and materials to advanced health technologies.

Prior to joining OCE, Julie worked as Client Services Liaison at HalTech Regional Innovation Centre where she worked with start-up, pre-revenue and small to medium sized companies within multiple sectors to help them start, grow and thrive.

Julie holds a PhD in Polymers and Materials and a HBSc (Specialist Chemistry, Minor Biology) from the University of Toronto. She has also worked at the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow designing and synthesizing novel cancer therapeutics and as a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.


Senior Business Advisor for Niagara, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

Marika has been with the Ministry for less than a year but is loving the new challenge and the opportunity to meet with, learn about and assist businesses across the region. Her most recent position was as Business Development Manager for Fleet Canada, a Tier One aerospace structures manufacturer in Fort Erie.

Marika has an undergraduate degree and a Master’s of Business Administration degree; both from Brock University. She currently sits on the Niagara College Program Advisory Committee for the Business Program at Niagara and serves as a Board Member for Innovate Niagara.


March 26, 2019
8:30 am - 11:00 am
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