Impact Narratives


Impact narratives are developed by Research Manitoba to:

  • highlight the achievements of research in Manitoba,
  • link the outcomes and impacts to the original research,
  • and communicate the impacts of research to a wide variety of audiences such as academics, industry members, community groups, the public and other users of research findings.

Manitoba’s Hemp Industry

Canada legalized industrial hemp in 1998, opening the door for an emerging sector. Manitoba entrepreneurs stepped into that opening and pioneered the development of the hemp sector from its beginning.

Agronomists and breeders, working in collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture Diversification Centres located throughout the province, developed improved production techniques and new hemp varieties. In 2019, the hemp industry across Canada generated $260 million in sales. In the same year, Manitoba exported hemp seeds and products valued at nearly $96 million, accounting for nearly 86% of Canada’s total hemp export. The majority of Canadian export and sales come from hemp foods at Manitoba Harvest and Hemp Oil Canada.

The purpose of this narrative is to demonstrate the impacts of research and innovation on Manitoba’s hemp industry, including how provincial funding has helped propel the Manitoba hemp industry into a world leader.

This detailed Impact Narrative is available upon request.

Manitoba’s Pork Industry

The pork industry is one of the largest farming industries in Canada. With an export value of nearly $4.7 billion in 2019, Canada is the sixth largest exporter of hog and pork in the world. Manitoba is playing a key role in building Canada’s global reputation as a supplier of quality pork products while also leading the country in hog production.

This impact narrative focuses on research and innovations conducted in Manitoba related to manure management, animal welfare, and biosecurity, some of the main areas important for promoting sustainable growth in the pork industry. These examples demonstrate how collaborative research is a vehicle through which the Manitoba pork industry addresses its challenges, adopts new technologies, and innovates.

This detailed Impact Narrative is available upon request.

Food Development Centre (FDC)

Canada is a global powerhouse in the agri-food industry. For Manitoba, the industry is a key performer in the province’s economy, driven by a rich history of pioneers and entrepreneurs. Manitoba’s Food Development Centre (FDC) continues to play an essential role by providing a foundation for companies to develop and market new food products, and powers Manitoba’s reputation as a province on the cutting edge of agri-research. The continuing support from the Government of Manitoba to the FDC and the agribusinesses they work with fuels the economy, and positions the province as a major player on the global stage.

In this narrative, we showcased four successful companies who utilized the FDC, and how their support both strengthened the companies and helped advanced the Manitoba economy.

  • BMW Canola took their canola protein extraction technology to new heights, scaling up at the FDC and paving the way for economic opportunities in Burcon and Merit Foods years later;
  • Burnbrae Farms turned an eggshell waste stream into a value-added calcium product, a creative and sustainable solution that boosts sales, reduces waste, and creates jobs;
  • Manitoba Harvest helped pioneer the hemp food industry, building a new vertically integrated company from scratch to become a world leader in hemp foods;
  • Floating Leaf Fine Foods expanded their product line and reached new markets, hiring employees, and improving their manufacturing capabilities that benefits northern communities.

The growing successes of these companies are just four examples of how continuing investment in research and innovation, retaining world-class companies, and attracting international leaders are key for Manitoba to achieve sustainable growth.

This detailed Impact Narrative is available upon request.

Manitoba Potato Industry

The Manitoba potato industry is the second largest of its kind in Canada.

Since the 1980s, potato research in Manitoba has produced innovations that protect the environment, form new strategies for combatting pests and disease, and improve farming practices. It has also supported the development of both a new company and a potato-based prebiotic, MSPrebiotic®, that improves the human gut microbiome and holds promise in managing diabetes.

The impact narrative describes the programs, investments, and outcomes in regard to research conducted on Manitoba’s potato industry.

Research in Manitoba’s potato industry has contributed to the overall growth of the industry and to the economic strength of the province and investment into Manitoba’s potato industry continues to drive the training of the next generation of researchers.

It is the partnership of the provincial and federal governments, processors, scientists, and producer associations that drives the implementation of best practices based on research.

The commitment the Manitoba potato industry has in rural Manitoba is vital for communities in these locations to be sustained. Research focusing on sustainability and the possibility of increasing irrigation use, will be vital for Manitoba to continue its growth in potato production.

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Mitacs Internships Impact Narrative

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Working with 67 academic institutions, over 35 colleges, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, partnerships are built to support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

The goal of Mitacs is to provide financially supported internships and serve as a bridge connecting graduate students and Post-Doctorate Fellows to research experience in the employment-sector.

This Impact Narrative and Report showcase four Manitoba-based Mitacs internships and the amazing effects that resulted from the collaborations. All four produced outcomes that not only benefited the interns and the companies, but also to the health and future of our province.

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Rh Disease and WinRho® SDF Impact Narrative 

For some parents, subsequent pregnancies following a normal first pregnancy are frequently lost due to Rh disease. Largely through Manitoba-based research, the incidence of Rh disease has dropped to nearly 0% in Manitoba and the developed world. A made-in-Winnipeg drug, WinRho® SDF, was developed by pioneering researchers to prevent Rh disease. When released into the Canadian market in the 1980s, WinRho® SDF dominated. The drug was also responsible for the successes of company formed in Winnipeg, Cangene, and attracted the interest of other companies to Manitoba. Today, Manitoba is home to one of the largest biomedical centres in Canada.

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Interpersonal Violence Research Impact Narrative

RESOLVE’S research and knowledge translation activities on interpersonal violence (IPV) in Canada has changed perspectives and interventions regarding IPV from one dimensional to a multidimensional understanding of this complex issue. IPV encompasses all forms of violence and abuse directed towards people who are in a relationship with one another. Additionally, the narrative presents the results of evidence informed systemic changes in the criminal justice and social service systems and the role RESOLVE played in the provision of relevant evidence.

RESOLVE is a Tri-provincial research network with offices at the Universities of Manitoba, Regina, and Calgary.

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Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) and Structural Health Monitoring Research Impact Narrative

SIMTReC (Structural Innovation and Monitoring Technologies Resource Centre) is a globally recognized organization focused on advanced composite building materials and structural monitoring innovations.

The Centre is dedicated to continued advancement in high-level user-focused research and innovation for construction materials, advanced technologies and structural monitoring using sensors – for buildings/bridge structures, and heavy vehicles and equipment.

To highlight the achievements of SIMTReC an impact narrative was created and features the impact of SIMTReC’s research and innovation on the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) and structural health monitoring (SHM) in infrastructures, which is evident in the public and private sectors. The research and knowledge translation activities carried out by SIMTReC since 1995 has established the foundation for current and future entrepreneurs and business opportunities in Manitoba, Canada, and around the world.

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Composites and Biocomposites Research Impact Narrative

The impact narrative on composites shows how the research work conducted by CIC and its clients unfolded into many impacts that can now be observed.

In Manitoba, composites and biocomposites research formally started with the establishment of the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC), a not-for-profit corporation in 2003. The goal of the organization is to support and stimulate the growth of the composites sector in Manitoba and Canada through the application of composites materials and technologies for manufacturing industries. Today, as a leader in the composites application sector, the CIC has become well known for its groundbreaking research activities and discoveries across various sectors such as, aerospace, mining, curling sport, and ground transportation

The narrative focuses on four projects:

  • an operating system enclosure for Sandvik to be used in harsh mining conditions;
  • an interior panel created in partnership with Rockwell Collins for a Pilatus aircraft;
  • cutting edge technology (i.e. a new resin system) for designing and manufacturing baggage doors of Motor Coach Industries (MCI), that was later adopted by most of the ground transportation industry in Manitoba;
  • and, the development of broom handles and heads for the sport of curling with Sande Curling Innovations (SCI).

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Kidney Transplant Research Impact Narrative

Kidney transplant research has focused on subclinical rejection i.e. the rejection of kidney grafts despite presenting normally clinically, an area of research that was pioneered in Manitoba.

Kidney transplant research in Winnipeg has led to the standardization of care and contributed to the development of the kidney paired donation program nationally. The translation of the discoveries in kidney transplant research conducted in Winnipeg since the early 1980s has made a great contribution to the improvement in the health of people with kidney transplants not only in Canada but globally.

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