Who We Are

Building technology for a higher purpose

Nia Technologies Inc. is a Canadian non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to discover, develop, and deploy innovative technologies that will improve lives in low-income countries. We are based in Toronto, Canada, with partners across the globe.

We imagine a world where innovation, developed in collaboration with partners and local communities, enables individuals to overcome barriers, challenge negative attitudes, and realize their potential.

Our Story

Nia grew from an idea hatched in 2013 by cbm Canada and CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital in Uganda — to use 3D printing to speed up mobility device production with existing orthopaedic personnel. The idea was realized with research by the University of Toronto and Autodesk Research and made possible with funding from cbm Canada, Grand Challenges Canada, Stronger Philanthropy, and others. Nia Technologies Inc. was then created to develop and deploy innovation for a higher purpose — to help improve lives in low-income countries.

Our values


Technological innovation can create positive change

Appropriate solutions

Innovation must be appropriate to the local environment

Research and development

Rigorous research and testing are at the core of our work


Innovation must be locally sustainable


Practitioners are at the centre of our innovations


The best ideas are developed with others

Local talent

We tap into local knowledge & expertise

Our team

The passion behind Nia is driven by researchers, engineers, development workers, clinicians, business advisors, and many other talented people. The work we do is made possible with the generous support of our funders. Meet our team