Canada

CRIBE invests C$1.5M to increase capacity of Ensyn's biofuels facility in Canada

Ontario, Canada-based non-profit research organiztion Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) invested C$1.5 million to increase the annual capacity of renewable liquid fuels producer Ensyn Technologies from 3 million liters to 13 million liters.

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Canadian firm Vertical Designs acquires 10pct stake in Affinor

British Columbia, Canadian vertical farming firm Vertical Designs Ltd acquired a 10% stake in marijuana industry-focused publicly traded firm Affinor Resources for an undisclosed amount.

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Canoe 2014 Flow-Through LP Raises $51.4 Million

Canoe Financial LP (the "Manager" or "Canoe") announced today that it has completed the second and final closing for the initial public offering (the "Offering") of limited partnership units ("Units") of Canoe 2014 Flow-Through LP (the "Partnership") in each of the provinces of Canada, except Quebec.

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BBM now has 85M monthly active users

BlackBerry's new chief John Chen revealed that its messaging app BBM now has 85 million monthly active users and a steady growth in its user base after the app was released to the Android and iOS platform in October.

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BlackBerry sues exec who resigned for Apple

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd sued former executive vice-president Sebastien Marineau-Mes for breach of contract when he resigned to transfer to Apple in a case where the court ruled in favor of BlackBerry.

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Costa Rican startup Natural Sins helps fight obesity by making snacks made of fruit and vegetables

San Jose, Costa Rica-based healthy food startup Natural Sins sells baked snacks made of real fruits and vegetables in a bid to help fight obesity.

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La Caisse invests $40M in Canadian consultancy firm WSP Global

Montreal, Canada-based pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (La Caisse) invested $40 million to support the growth of Quebec-based professional services firm WSP Global, formerly Genivar, despite damaging issues about the company.

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BlackBerry sells Texas campus to Brookfield

Ontario, Canada-based smartphone pioneer BlackBerry sold its Riverside Commons office campus in Las Colinas, Texas to Canadian investor Brookfield Property Group for an undisclosed amount.

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Nedbank Capital seeks new mining investment destinations in Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa-based banking network Nedbank Capital is looking for new mining investment destinations in Africa, aside from gold explorations in Tanzania, Ghana, and Burkina Faso.

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Bitcoin Decentral launches world's first Bitcoin startup accelerator in Canada

Toronto, Canada-based accelerator Bitcoin Decentral launched Bitcoin Decentral Accerate, the first Bitcoin startup accelerator in the world, which is now accepting online applications from startups.

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Quebec approves $10M equity investment in Orbite Aluminae

The government of Quebec approved a $10-million equity investment in Montreal, Canada-based alumina producer Orbite Alumniae Inc, with the funds coming from the government's financing arm Investissement Quebec.

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Irish drug firm Perrigo picks up Aspen Global products in $51M cash deal

Dublin, Ireland-based over-the-counter (OTC) drug manufacturer Perrigo Company PLC picked up a set of products being marketed in Australia and New Zealand from South African firm Aspen Global Inc in a $51-million cash deal.

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Kitchener to shell out $1M to provide offices for new local startups

Councillors of the city of Kitchener in Ontario, Canada have agreed to shell out $1 million for the next five years to help owners of underused spaces turn their properties into a new landing pad fro startups just out from incubators.

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OpenText shells out $1M to open data center in Australia

Waterloo, Canada-based software giant OpenText invested $1 million to open a data center in Sydney, Australia, to help companies deal with problems centered on enterprise data.

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Canadian parcel pickup firm BufferBox shuts down standalone service in US and Canada to integrate into Google

Waterloo, Canada-based parcel pickup startup BufferBox is shutting down its standalone service in the US and Canada beginning March 31 to integrate it into Google Shopping products such as Google Shopping Express.

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