The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (abbreviated as IC-IMPACTS), is an organization that brings together Canadian and Indian :
- Academic and research institutions
- Graduate students
- Government agencies
- Community organizations
- Innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders
Who work together to find needed solutions for:
- Integrated water management
- Safe and sustainable infrastructure
- Public health
- Food security
In India and Canada.
In essence, it creates scientific collaborations to develop innovative solutions to facilitate community transformations and prosperity for all. .
It is the only pan-Canadian and pan-Indian Centre of its kind. It is built upon the premise that each project be developed by Indian and Canadian collaborators along with graduate students working together and that the projects must be situated in communities.
Its projects have touched the lives of those in India, and Indigenous communities in Canada. For example, it has worked on self-healing roads, solutions to spinal cord injuries, a ‘green technology’ water treatment plant, early tuberculosis diagnosis, and more.
The host institution for the Centre is the University of British Columbia (UBC). Along with UBC, the University of Toronto, and the University of Alberta are founders of the Centre, through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).
In 2012, CIES became a community partner with IC-IMPACTS.
CIES’s role with IC-IMPACTS involves translating documents plus making connections and facilitating meetings in India with universities, academic research bodies and government officials (e.g. block development officers and regional development bodies).
IC-IMPACTS members have also maintained a relationship with CIES, such as by Dr. Pierre Berube’s visit to Dhahan village to tour and give broad advice on facilities that were to be improved through the Dhahan Village Improvement Project.
Our founder, Barj Dhahan, is a founding collaborator and director of IC-IMPACTS. Since 2017, Mr. Dhahan has served as its chairman. He is also a donor to its projects.
Learn more about IC-IMPACTS at their website: https://ic-impacts.com/.