Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Resource for innovation, catalyst for change, living lab for environmental students

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, has announced that funding has been granted for new, $30-million Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College.

“This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes,” Bains said.

The three-storey building will provide a study and learning space for students partaking in a new diploma or degree program. It will also be an important resource where academia and industry can join together to inspire innovation, diversify the economy and create new opportunities for the future.

“The new Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre will be a game changer – an inspirational home for diploma and degree studies as well as a boost for our local economy. When people think of Georgian College, they first think of students, and we are proud of that. This new building reinforces that Georgian is a resource for business and industry. This innovation and research centre will be a catalyst for change and help to build the future of our communities for decades to come,” Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, president and CEO of Georgian College, said.

A crucial part of this economic growth will be the Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC) which will be housed within the centre. It will play a very important role in creating a powerful local entrepreneurship climate and in supporting the diversification of the economy. Included will be research and commercialization space for the business and industry sector, including incubator, changemaker and fabrication spaces.

Until now, central Ontario has not opened up any sort of facility related to research, acceleration or commercialization.The centre will be a great resource for over 800 students from a variety of programs. For environmental students, the facility will be a living lab, and several two- and four-year degree and diploma programs will be offered in collaboration with Lakehead University.

“We are thrilled for the possibilities that this new centre brings, like new degree and diploma programs, new labs and research facilities. As the president of the Georgian College Electric Vehicle Racing Club, where we design and construct a small electrical car, I am eager to utilize the resources this facility will bring. This new building will provide us with new labs and fabrication spaces for students like myself to work on our projects,” says Mark Reckzin, a Mechanical Engineering Technology student at Georgian College.

The building will be open for use by the fall of 2018.

In the photo: Celebrating at the announcement of federal funding for the Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College on Monday, Jan. 9, are, from left, Mark Reckzin, first-year Mechanical Engineering Technology student; Gerry Marshall, Warden, County of Simcoe; Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes; Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development; Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman; MPP Barrie Ann Hoggarth; and Hunter Markle, Vice President, External Relations, Student Leadership and Transition Services, Georgian College Students’ Association.

Article compiled by: Zehra Raza

Photo courtesy of Georgian College

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