Applied Research and Innovation Highlighted at Collège Boréal’s Project Showcase

Applied Research and Innovation Highlighted at Collège Boréal’s Project Showcase

Recognizing the importance of research and innovation, Collège Boréal hosted its first Project Showcase on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

As a prerequisite for graduation, third-year students enrolled in the School of Trades and Applied Technology must complete a capstone project and present their findings to professors and fellow students. This year, Collège Boréal decided to host a Project Showcase to highlight the incredible work of students and professors. One project per program was chosen for the showcase giving three students the opportunity to present the result of months of work to colleagues, staff, and community partners.

Kris Proulx, a student enrolled in the Electronics Engineering program, presented SelfMix, a device that mixes alcoholic beverages. Choose the drink you want using a touch screen. Once the information is sent to the device, its solenoidal valves open and pour the perfect mix every time.

Patrick Gauthier, a student enrolled in the Electrical Engineering program, presented the K1.8. The K1.8 is an electric Kart to which you can attach a grocery cart and shop like never before.

Mining and Civil Engineering student André Messier presented his analysis of a five-lane intersection – a study of road geometry and traffic flow improvement.

Marc Hébert and Dr. André Ferron, two professors from Boréal’s School of the Environment and Natural Resources, presented their applied research projects. Professor Hébert spoke of the efficiency of using ash from wooden biomass to reduce soil acidity. Dr. André Ferron presented two recent projects, one on the overwintering of milfoil weevils to prevent the growth of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Northern Ontario lakes, and another on the incubation and breeding of whitefish in Collège Boréal’s fish-farming laboratory for the purpose of commercial farming.

Aiming to promote innovation as well as stimulate economic growth and productivity, Collège Boréal undertakes applied research projects with businesses, industries, and community organizations. These projects are linked to the development of products, processes, prototypes, and industrial designs as well as marketing strategies.


“Applied research projects allow college students to take part in engaging activities with highly qualified and passionate professionals. I congratulate all those who presented their work tonight. The quality of these projects demonstrates the ongoing commitment of students and staff at Collège Boréal.”

Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

“Learning to successfully carry out a project is a fundamental aspect of postsecondary education. When undertaking projects, students link knowledge, techniques, and various skills while developing initiative and organizational abilities. Research projects foster motivation and commitment and may give a new meaning to a researcher’s career. ”

Brian Vaillancourt, Dean of the School of Trades and Applied Research, Collège Boréal

Quick facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Since 1995, over 113,380 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 40 articulation agreements with other postsecondary institutions.

According to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates in the province. Moreover, 100% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!

Collège Boréal – 20 years at the heart of your community!

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