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LETTER OF INTEREST FOR BUSINESS CONSULTANTS
The objective of this letter of interest is to seek out business consultants’ interest regarding the provision of potential consulting services for specific industries as well as to determine if the business consultants’ knowledge and expertise meet potential future consulting requirements.
This is not a bid solicitation and no contract will directly result from this letter of interest.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) requires the services of business consultants (called industry advisors) in order to inform the due diligence assessment of the commercialization potential of Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) projects being considered for support. The industry advisor will assist ACOA Program Officers on commercialization and market potential issues of AIF project proposals. This work is to be done verbally as well as by filling out the AIF Industry Advisor Review Template, provided by ACOA, containing three questions.
The Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) is a program designed to make strategic investments in Research and Development (R&D) initiatives that directly contribute to the growth of technology-based economic activity in Atlantic Canada.
The objectives of the AIF are as follows:
ACOA assistance available for AIF projects typically range between $500,000 up to $3 million. Eligible applicants include private-sector businesses, universities, colleges, non-government research organizations and provincial Crown corporations operating in Atlantic Canada. Additional information on the AIF program can be found on ACOA’s web site.
The industry advisor is expected to provide the following for each assessment:
ACOA wishes to obtain the services of industry advisors, as need arises, having expertise and knowledge within various industries which include the following:
Potential contracts for the review of a project would be paid based on an hourly rate. The industry advisor will be required to track the time spent on each project and provide ACOA with a breakdown of the work undertaken in the following manner:
In response to this letter of interest, interested respondents are asked to prepare and submit a short outline specifying the following:
Respondents should note that potential contracts will require PWGSC Industrial Security Program (ISP) clearances of a minimum of “Reliability Status” for advisors undertaking the consulting work.
Enquiries related to this letter of interest shall be directed to ACOA Head Office Contracting for Services: ACOA.hocontractingforservices-marchesdeservicess.APECA@canada.ca
Attention : Rodrigue LeBlanc
Responses to this letter of interest are to be submitted to Rodrigue LeBlanc via e-mail at ACOA.hocontractingforservices-marchesdeservicess.APECA@canada.ca no later than 4:00pm(Atlantic Daylight Time) on April 1, 2016.