IRIS' mission of fostering innovation and building Brampton’s Innovation Ecosystem - "Innovation District"
April 10, 2020

Devin Ramphal, Brampton, Emil Sylvester, Ramos IRIS and Pam Banks, RIC Centre present and successfully lobby the creation of Brampton’s Innovation District composed of the new Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, Rogers - Ryerson Innovation Zone, Centre for Innovation, and finally the Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RICC) who will be moving in the “Innovation District” at 2021.

The following motion was considered and approved.

  1. That the delegation from Emil Sylvester Ramos, CEO, IRIS, to the Committee of Council Meeting of October 16, 2019, re: Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RICC) Reinvestment – Building Brampton’s Innovation Ecosystem be received.
  2. That the presentation by D. Ramphal, Sector Manager, Innovation and Technology, Economic Development and Culture, to the Committee of Council Meeting of October 16, 2019, re: Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RICC) Reinvestment – Building Brampton’s Innovation Ecosystem be received;
  3. That the report from D. Ramphal, Sector Manager, Innovation and Technology, Economic Development and Culture, dated October 1, 2019, to the Committee of Council Meeting of October 16, 2019, re: Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RICC) Reinvestment – Building Brampton’s Innovation Ecosystem be received;
  4. That Council approve an amount up to $100,000 per year for three years to the Research Innovation Commercialization Centre (RICC) to be funded as follows: up to $100,000 from the approved 2019 budget and $90,000 to be included in the 2020 operating budget of the Economic Development and Culture Division, subject to Council approval;
  5. That the Mayor be authorized to execute an agreement related to the economic development grant between the City of Brampton and the RICC with content satisfactory to the Director of Economic Development and Culture and the form of this agreement being satisfactory to the City Solicitor (or designate);
  6. That Council direct staff to develop and implement a branding strategy around an ‘Innovation Alley’ to take advantage of the associated activities in the downtown, specifically on George Street;
  7. That staff report back to Council on achievements and results of the RICC on an annual basis.