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Posted on 09 March at 07:00PM

Research & Innovation Boréal: applied research to support innovation

At the unveiling of its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan at its main campus in Sudbury, on Monday, March 9, 2020, Collège Boréal also inaugurated Research & Innovation Boréal (RIB), its new center of applied research for innovation.

Applied research projects are increasingly important at Collège Boréal and going forward, Research & Innovation Boréal will become the hub for research projects and initiatives.

Research & Innovation Boréal provides support to innovation projects in businesses and community organizations through research partnerships that draw upon the expertise of Boréal teachers and the talents of Boréal students.

Innovate to prosper

The range of expertise offered by Research & Innovation Boréal reflects and strengthens the college’s traditional fields of expertise. Some of the projects currently underway are in areas such as agricultural sciences, new agri-food technologies, biodiversity protection and health in general. Other projects deal with wider societal issues such as immigration, the Francophone community, Indigenous communities or early childhood education.

The research themes are always evolving. Focusing on priorities identified in collaboration with its partners, Research & Innovation Boréal responds to current and emerging challenges faced by clients in their development and modernization goals.


A mission that reflects Collège Boréal’s new directions

Introduced alongside the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Research & Innovation Boréal is consistent with the key strategic directions established by Collège Boréal for the next five years. By making its expertise in applied research available to the communities it serves, Collège Boréal contributes to their economic vitality and sustainable development.

Applied research is also a valuable educational resource for the college. It provides opportunities to confront the challenges that businesses face in adapting programs to realities in the field, while offering students with meaningful experiential learning opportunities, allowing them to collaborate directly with employers, and to develop skills and competencies to meet the needs of the future workplace.

Collège Boréal looks forward to developing new applied research projects under the direction and leadership of Research & Innovation Boréal.

 

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“Collège Boréal has defined its mission over the next five years as strengthening its leadership to foster durable growth and development in the communities it serves and I am confident that Research & Innovation Boréal will be fully involved in this mission. By driving innovation forward, this new hub will help to include applied research in the business culture of our companies and community organizations.”

Daniel Giroux, president of Collège Boréal

“Research & Innovation Boréal facilitates access to applied research projects through an array of services to business and public organizations. Our expertise allows us to develop new solutions and propose new approaches that aim to modernize industrial, entrepreneurial and social practices.”

Robin Craig, director – Research and Innovation Boréal

“Working with the applied research team at College Boreal has allowed Borealis Fresh Farms to focus on the development of specialized tools that can further increase productivity of our farms. This is important for us as we continue our drive towards long term sustainability. The design team, made up of faculty lead, students and our company’s representative, allows Borealis to increase its innovative thinking power, knowing they have a trusted partner in College Boreal to support their short, medium and long term goals. This relationship provides a great opportunity to any business looking to enhance their capabilities and long term sustainability in an ever-changing business environment.”

Marc Rodrigue, President & Co-founder, Borealis Fresh Farms Inc.

 

About Research & Innovation Boréal

Research and Innovation Boréal contributes to the economic, social and cultural vitality and well-being of our communities through applied research collaborations with businesses, industries, and community organizations. We aim to propel innovation, student talent and entrepreneurship to ensure the sustainable development of Ontario’s Francophonie.

Our services:

  • Support for development, preparation of funding applications and requests for ethics protocols
  • Support in entrepreneurial activities, including resources and mentorship
  • Prototyping and validation of concepts
  • Creation and sharing of tools and resources
  • Identification of funding sources and administrative management of partnerships, projects, agreements and reports
  • Support with collaborative approaches and research partnerships
  • Access to the expertise of our highly experienced faculty and qualified students
  • Access to our applied research facilities and cutting-edge equipment
  • Experiential learning opportunities for students through internships, part-time work and summer employment

About Collège Boréal

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 seven campuses and 38 access centres located in 26 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 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal holds the top rank in two of the five areas surveyed: graduation rate, and, for a fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results are proof that investing in human capital is Boréal’s strength.

Learn more

To find out more about Collège Boréal’s programs and services, please visit our website at www.collegeboreal.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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For further information:

Ronan Le Guern
Manager – Communications and Media Relations
Tel.: 416-289-5130, ext. 5172
Cell.: 416-475-7038
ronan.leguern@collegeboreal.ca