Applied Research

Applied Research at Collège Boréal: Linking Learning and Local Industry

Aiming to promote innovation while ensuring economic growth and productivity, Collège Boréal undertakes applied research projects in partnership with community businesses and organizations. These projects are carried out for the development of products, processes, prototypes, industrial designs, and marketing strategies. Working on real projects designed to meet specific needs, students have the opportunity to put into practice the skills acquired in the classroom and develop direct links with local businesses.

In recent years, we have expanded our applied research department to meet the needs of the economic and industrial sectors in communities where we have campus or access centre.

Collège Boréal’s Department of Applied Research and Innovation undertakes applied research projects thanks to funding provided by the following partners:

  • Ontario Centre of Excellence;
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada;
  • Consortium national de la formation en santé; and
  • Ontario Research Fund.

Since its creation, Boréal’s Department of Applied Research and Innovation has conducted research in the following fields:

  • Forestry;
  • Fish farming;
  • Francophone community;
  • Computer engineering;
  • Nursing;
  • Civil and mining engineering;
  • Health promotion;
  • Indigenous studies;
  • Electric and electronic engineering; and
  • Customer service.

The applied research department meets the needs of private businesses and not-for-profit organizations. The researchers and professors assigned to various projects develop a unique expertise. Their students have the opportunity to work on large scale projects created to meet the specific needs of a community partner. In a subsidized research project, the partner has free access to Collège Boréal’s equipment and facilities.

Our Research Ethics Committee monitors all of the research initiatives involving Boréal staff members and students. For more information, contact the Manager of Boréal’s Department of Applied Research and Innovation, Randy Battochio PhD, at randy.battochio@collegeboreal.ca.

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