Mission & Strategy


ORION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ontario researchers, educators and innovators. We facilitate ground-breaking discoveries by connecting research and educations institutions, regions and people across the province and providing our community with the digital tools and expertise they need, and advocating on their behalf.


ORION seeks to enable and support Ontario innovators in their efforts to make the world a better place.

Acting as a champion for the innovation community, ORION offers the critical infrastructure necessary for collaboration, providing researchers, educators and innovators with the tools and connections they need in order to make pioneering discoveries and much needed training and skills.

As a not-for-profit organization, our primary focus is the ground-breaking work of our community — and how we can help make it happen.

Together, we’re all partners in making Ontario a global leader in innovation.  


ORION Strategy 2018-2021

ORION 4 Pillars

How ORION will enable, partner with and advise our community in network and cybersecurity technology over the next three years.

ORION’s 2018-2021 strategy is based on four pillars which inform how ORION will enable, partner with and advise our community in network and cybersecurity technology over the next three years.​

Pillar 1 – Technology

We will articulate and enable the network and security strategy.

Pillar 2 – Partnerships

We will support government and community relations program to improve transparency.

Pillar 3 – Process

We will implement business processes to support network and operational needs.

Pillar 4 – People

We will build a vibrant culture with the talent, engagement and drive to deliver on ORION’s purpose and vision.

What does ORION do for Ontario?

ORION provides the infrastructure and digital tools critical for​:

  • Creating jobs and commercializing new discoveries and technology​
  • Collaborating in real-time to make impactful discoveries ​
  • Linking rural and remote communities​
  • Improving access to education and educational tools

At ORION, supporting our community comes first. As a not-for-profit organization, we’re focused on outcomes, re-investing in the network, and the success of our community, not corporate shareholders. Whether it’s ground-breaking researchers sharing huge amounts of data or students in a classroom using technology to learn, it’s all about Ontario’s progress and economic development. Read more about ORION’s impact on Ontario in the ORION Socioeconomic Impact Assessment.