About Us

About CMC:
CMC Microsystems defines, develops and manages Canada’s National Design Network® giving researchers access to the world’s best design tools, manufacturing technologies, and engineering support for making micro-nanotechnologies, and for training industry-ready graduates.

CMC supports industry-academic collaboration through:

  • Providing academics with the design tools and prototyping technologies that are used in industry
  • Helping companies find suitable academic partners
  • Enabling collaborative development of road maps and projects for developing and de-risking of technologies
  • Providing industrial-grade technology and work-integrated learning to students, creating graduates with industrially relevant skills and real-world manufacturing experience.

About Canada’s National Design Network:

Canada’s National Design Network is recognized as a Major Research Facility by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and has been awarded funding from CFI’s Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program.  This network undertakes leading-edge R&D in micro-nano technologies, comprising:

  • 1200 professors and their collaborators at 60+ post-secondary institutions across Canada
  • 40 micro-nano technology (MNT) facilities at Canadian universities
  • 130 industry partners and suppliers worldwide
  • 3600 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research staff 
  • 4550 undergraduate students 
  • 950 companies in Canada who have collaborated with academic researchers or hired graduate students with microsystems competence and experience.
  • 10 public funders (federal and provincial) 

Vision:
Research in microsystems and nanotechnology expands knowledge frontiers, enables applications, and contributes to economic prosperity in Canada through advanced technology manufacturing.

Mission:
Enable and support the creation and application of micro- and nanosystems knowledge and manufacturing capability by:
  • Providing a national infrastructure for excellence in research through Canada’s National Design Network. 
  • Establishing and verifying a path to commercialization of related processes, devices, components and systems.  

Guiding Values:

Research Excellence, Honest Broker, Benefit to Canada

View CMC and Canada's National Design Network milestones

Read a short history of CMC and Canada's National Design Network “Thirty years of micro-nano innovation”