Who We Are

Synapse Applied Research and Industry Services (Synapse) is an independently-incorporated company. It was created to help transfer the expertise and knowledge housed in the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) into products, processes, services and insights that can provide practical social and economic benefit beyond the university environment.

Synapse is governed by a board of directors that represent a diverse and experienced mix of industry, academic and government professionals both in and outside of the province. The calibre and breadth of board representation ensures balanced, forward-thinking guidance and leadership for the organization.

Synapse works closely with other organizations that are focused on innovation and economic development in the region. It receives funding from several important partners, including UPEI, The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Innovation PEI, and Springboard Atlantic.

Originally established in 2005, the company now known as Synapse was most recently known as Three Oaks Innovations, and before that, University Partnerships, Enterprise and Innovations (UPEI) Inc. In 2014, the company underwent important structural and operational changes to help it better align with the board’s vision for the organization, which is:

UPEI and its researchers maximize the full potential of their research results and expertise, and industry and organizations leverage the expertise for social and economic benefit.

To reflect the transformative nature of the changes in the organization, the new name was developed. Synapse was chosen for its strong association with ideas and the potential they hold to bring about real innovation. The tagline, Connect. Collaborate. Create. builds on the name, and references the fundamental processes that Synapse and their clients from industry and academia encounter when they work together.

This process is grounded in the three commitments that Synapse adheres to: connect, inform, and support.  Synapse helps its academic and industrial clients by connecting them to the people, expertise and programs they need. It provides both strategic and tactical information to help clients reach their goals. And Synapse supports its clients through a variety of services, programs, advice and referrals according to their needs.