Collège Boréal opens its Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity to foster innovation and research in forestry and plant agriculture

Collège Boréal opens its Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity to foster innovation and research in forestry and plant agriculture

Collège Boréal celebrated the official opening of its Centre de recherche appliquée en biodiversité (Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity) on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. In attendance were the MPs for Sudbury and Nickel Belt, Paul Lefebvre and Marc Serré, and MPPs Jill Dunlop (Simcoe North), France Gélinas (Nickel Belt), and Jamie West (Sudbury).

The opening of Collège Boréal’s Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity comes on the heels of extensive infrastructure work at its Sudbury campus to provide facilities for training and research in plant agriculture.

The following installations have been constructed:

  • A high-tech agricultural greenhouse;
  • A classroom;
  • A warehouse;
  • A drive-in freezer for research purposes;
  • An open-air garden.

These new facilities are in addition to pre-existing campus facilities used for research and teaching in forestry and animal studies.

Grouped in one area of Boréal’s Sudbury campus, these facilities form a unique cluster dedicated to plant, forest and animal technologies under the banner of the Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity.

This modern and innovative educational complex will allow Collège Boréal to offer experience-based training in a state-of-the-art education and research environment and to work with new and innovative agriculture and forestry techniques.

Ensuring easy access to this new complex required major investments to reconstruct the access road and sidewalks for better safety and circulation on campus.

In total, the project represents an investment of just over three million dollars. The federal government contributed 50% ($1.5M) from its Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), while Collège Boréal contributed $1.3 M. The province of Ontario’s share of the investment is $200,000.


“Collège Boréal’s aim in creating a new agriculture program three years ago was to provide training that would give its students the skills they need to adapt to the many technological, social and economic changes in today’s agriculture and agri-food sector. Our new Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity now strengthens the dynamic we created by positioning our college among the leaders of excellence in agriculture and forestry.”
Daniel Giroux, president of Collège Boréal

“The federal government created the Strategic Innovation Fund to support and stimulate innovation in Canadian businesses and institutions. Without a doubt, Collège Boréal will meet this objective with its new Applied Research Centre for Biodiversity. Not only will it train specialists in the latest and most environmentally-friendly agriculture and forestry technologies, but it will also position the college as a nationally and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of biodiversity.”
Paul Lefebvre, MP for Sudbury

For Collège Boréal’s students, this investment underscores the incredible potential for innovation in their chosen field of study. Within this exceptional work environment, their training will allow them to embrace the culture of innovation and to reap its benefits after graduation.”
Daniel Leduc, Acting Dean, School of Trades and Applied Technology

Quick facts

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

Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 38 access centres in 27 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top rank in three of the five areas surveyed! Among all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, at 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd in the province for employer satisfaction!

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