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Connect college expertise to innovative SMEs

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 12/02/2016 1480713535
INTRODUCTION The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) is a network that is made up of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), mining companies, universities .... Read more

INTRODUCTION

The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) is a network that is made up of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), mining companies, universities, and colleges.  Colleges like George Brown, Cambrian College, Northern College, and Niagara College have played a key role in advancing mining innovation projects with commercial viability and adoption  The colleges are invaluable collaborative partners to mining industry innovators because they provide hands-on experience and applied approach facilitates that accelerate mining demonstration projects.

CHALLENGES

As an industry, mining requires a combination of highly qualified people (HQP)s from Universities in technical (engineering, geology (STEM)) and business roles, but according to Mining Industry Human Resources Council’s 2016 National Report, mining will also be facing a shortfall of skilled trades (college graduates) in the next decade.  Without access to industry engagement (coops/placements, field trips, mine tours), students miss out on the real-world experience necessary to find meaningful jobs, and the industry loses out of the high-quality work colleges can offer.

SOLUTIONS

Through investment into modern technology such as additive manufacturing tools, colleges can represent a unique and invaluable resource for Canadian SMEs.  Industry networks such as UDMN can and are helping by connecting SME innovators to colleges.  This leads to technical development and prototyping that accelerates SME commercialization as well as student learning in real-world circumstances. This also leads to new hires of students by SMEs and a culture of company loyalty and growth.

*Note:  For information about the Ultra-Deep Mining Network, please visit: https://www.miningdeep.ca/

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Colleges, institutes & applied research

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 11/04/2016 1478278431
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College and institutes applied research involves the practical application of knowledge, expertise, methods and techniques to real-world problems. It .... Read more

College and institutes applied research involves the practical application of knowledge, expertise, methods and techniques to real-world problems. It enables innovation by responding to immediate needs and short-term opportunities identified by industry, small-business owners and entrepreneurs.

 

Lakeland College’s recently opened Livestock Research Facility gives students the tools they need to address tomorrow’s issues. Through the facility, students have conducted livestock research projects in areas such as lamb milk replacer, heifer feed efficiency and wet/dry barley feed trials. Similarly, the Construction Research Centre at Algonquin College allows students to conduct research to improve decision making in building design. Student projects quantitatively compare different techniques and materials for construction as well as attempt to improve process efficiency.

 

Supporting colleges and institutes in the construction of campus-based applied research facilities, as well as Technology Access Centres (TACs) will allow these institutions to continue working to address the needs of industry and society as a whole.

 

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

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Building on college/institutes capacity for innovation

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on 11/04/2016 1478278392
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Essential skills – literacy, numeracy and digital skills – are the foundation for innovation skills, and are critical to helping people ev .... Read more

Essential skills – literacy, numeracy and digital skills – are the foundation for innovation skills, and are critical to helping people evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. Colleges and institutes in corporate these essential life skills in to all programs and provide academic upgrading to non-traditional learners who need help in accessing good-middle-class jobs. Investing in essential skills training partnerships between colleges/institutes and employers will capitalize on college and institute strengths in developing Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

 

The role that colleges and institutes play has evolved dynamically over the past half century in response to the needs of the people they serve and the opportunities presented within their communities. Colleges and institutes now occupy a central place in Canada’s post-secondary education system and are major contributors to the economic development of their regions, working actively with partners in all sectors. There are tremendous opportunities for Canada to improve its innovation performance in all six of the action areas identified in the government’s Innovation Agenda by capitalizing on the capacity and capabilities of colleges and institutes. Specifically:

 

  1. To foster an Entrepreneurial and Creative Society and Compete in a Digital World:

Invest in people to develop and maintain an innovation-ready workforce equipped with the skills and experience to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the labour market, generate and implement new ideas and technologies, grow companies, and adapt readily to the changing global market.

 

  1. To expand and exploit Global Science Excellence, support World Leading Clusters and Partnerships and increase the Ease of Doing Business:

Unlock local innovation by providing regional partners, particularly SMEs, with more and easier access to applied research capacity to develop, adapt, and market their products and services in new ways and to maximize their contributions to value chains and the development of world-leading clusters.

 

  1. To Grow Companies and Accelerate Clean Growth

Support the creation and growth of SMEs, including those in clean-tech, by providing student and community entrepreneurs with the training, advice, services and connections required to start and scale new companies that can move into global markets.

 

Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv

Credit: Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Six strategies for Canadian universities to foster innovation

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on 11/04/2016 1478275197
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The buzzword “innovation” might perk you up – or make your eyes roll. Regardless of how the term sits with you, innovation is clearl .... Read more

The buzzword “innovation” might perk you up – or make your eyes roll. Regardless of how the term sits with you, innovation is clearly on the federal government’s agenda and of big interest to universities as they try to keep pace with rapid changes in society and the economy, while staying responsive to government funding priorities and continuing to meet the needs of their students, faculty and the wider community.

 

With the federal government grappling with weak economic growth and working on crafting a new “innovation agenda,” (PDF) we asked six experts inside and outside the academy what role they think universities should play in fostering greater innovation in Canada. Their innovation definitions differ in their wording, but are variations on the theme that innovation is not about inventions, per se, but about the novel use of inventions and technologies that lead to transformative new or improved services, products and processes. Universities already make substantial contributions through their teaching, learning and research functions, and have at least some role to play in the innovation ecosystem, they agree, but how far that should go and in which ways yielded intriguing ideas from each of them.

 

The two-stream solution

 

Innovation comes from two streams. One is a really novel idea somebody has. The other is through the deep, committed research that happens in laboratories over many years. Universities foster both. We are incubators of ventures and of entrepreneurs, and are a key part of the innovation ecosystem.

We can support innovation by being willing to work with industry as partners and having our researchers work closely to solve key industry issues, rather than looking for places where university discoveries can be plugged in.

 

We should foster a culture of risk-taking. Universities are traditionally oriented towards success, but experience tells us most ventures fail. Unless people take chances, innovation won’t happen. Our social innovation lab RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) holds a “Social Venture Failure Wake” to celebrate the many failures that come with trying new things and learning from them. That’s another area universities can embrace: social innovation, which is about new ideas that produce value for the world, even if they don’t generate profits.

 

Producers of new knowledge

 

Universities have a role to play in fostering innovation but they cannot be the engine of innovation. They can and should be the producers of new knowledge; that should be their main goal.

 

Universities can be places where a lot of research that might eventually become innovation happens. But, they are not the research lab of big corporations. They can be places where companies might start but then equally important is acting as partners in innovation with already established firms. They can provide collaborative public space for innovation.

 

Universities educate the people who technically innovate as well as the people who can conceptualize innovation.

 

Universities should be allowed to use their research capabilities to address tricky policy questions such as intellectual property rights, incubation and all the rest. They should be judged much more in terms of their very broad impact on innovation, not by the number of patents they have or the money they earn in licensing fees. I’d like to see more research projects that look at that.

 

From start-ups to scaling up

 

The end goal of our innovation policy should be the creation of globally competitive, Canadian technology companies that compete on the basis of innovation.

 

When you talk to universities about what they are doing to foster innovation, generally you hear a lot about innovation research and development, academic research, the commercialization of research, nurturing entrepreneurship and the start-up culture. We need to take it further.

 

Start-ups can’t be the end game. They really don’t create jobs; they churn jobs. Our business school feels our focus needs to be on the challenges companies face as they scale up, grow and try to become globally competitive. These are management issues, not technology issues.

 

Innovation policy is not just about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Business schools have to be seen as an important part of the mix. Along with that, universities need to pay attention to the complementarity between their science and engineering programs and their business programs. The crosswalks aren’t always well-established, but they are important. Universities are still the prime source of research and development in this country and there is some really interesting stuff coming out of universities. Having built the science infrastructure, we now have to complement that with business experience and acumen if we’re really going to grow these companies here, in Canada, to provide employment opportunities and create wealth.

 

A focus on graduate skills

 

Canada’s innovation agenda shouldn’t put universities at the centre. Moreover, we should be careful not to blow up the university system trying to do something it wasn’t designed to do. Governments need to think less about what kinds of inputs can spur innovation at universities and more about the mechanisms through which great university research and research skills can be better integrated into the innovation ecosystem.

 

That said, universities could shift the culture of graduate education to one that recognizes that the real purpose of a PhD is to educate researchers, deep thinkers and creative problem-solvers, and that most will go on to careers outside the academy. Beyond workshops to provide graduate students with career and professional skills, there are models, such as the innovation partnership organization Mitacs, which give graduate students the chance to apply their research skills to problems in the private and social sectors.

 

Canada lags in innovation management skills. Universities could explore ways to offer education to students across disciplines, through additional courses, co-ops, internships and other experiential learning to develop these skills. It’s important for students to first get a grounding in a discipline before acquiring management skills.

 

Much successful innovation will draw on technical skills and scientific knowledge, as well as on understandings of human psychology, behaviour and design. Students comfortable with both science and the social sciences and humanities will likely contribute more to addressing future innovation challenges and opportunities, so working harder to ensure cross-disciplinary learning for students would be helpful.

 

It’s not about the patents

 

I don’t accept that universities should have a major role in promoting Canadian innovation, although they have an indirect role. They’re the conservators, the transmitters and the creators of some of the foundational and critical knowledge that drives the socio-economic system. But they’re constitutionally designed not to be in the commercial space, because universities are all about excellence, which slows things down – commercialization is all about bootstrapping.

 

Most universities don’t cover the costs of their tech transfer or industry liaison offices through the cash returns on intellectual property. You need a big intellectual property portfolio to have a good chance of succeeding and most Canadian universities are too small. In the bio-science space, only about four universities in North America, out of about 650, are large enough to cover their expenses. Of the groups that are high-impact, many aren’t part of the formal academy; they’re in their own research enclaves.

 

Eroding the Ivory Tower

 

Universities are central to the innovation ecosystem. While fundamental and discovery-based research is critical to pushing the envelope, excellence and relevance are not mutually exclusive. Researchers should be encouraged to work with partners to solve real-world problems and the reward system must reflect this. Instead of hoping that research will move from lab to marketplace, we need systems that actively prospect for commercialization opportunities. This requires a coherent strategy from government, granting agencies and universities as well as a change in the structures that will respond to it. Universities need better platforms for exchanging information about who has ideas, who has needs and who has capacity to commercialize and drive change.

While innovation discussions tend to focus on STEM, which are fundamental, they miss the important role our social sciences and humanities departments could play in understanding the factors that drive or impede the adoption of new technologies and processes. That’s a huge blind spot. Innovation requires that we do things differently. The adoption of technologies is shaped by human behaviour, organizational issues, public policy, law and the content they transmit – all within the social sciences and humanities domain.

Six strategies for Canadian universities to foster innovation

University Affairs

November 2, 2016

http://ww2.infomedia.gc.ca/ic/en/2016/11/2/203203596

Credit: Moira Macdonald – Writer, University Affairs

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Employer-directed training

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 10/19/2016 1476892293
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The government should support employer-directed training and, following on its commitment in the Budget, encourage partnerships among employers and po .... Read more

The government should support employer-directed training and, following on its commitment in the Budget, encourage partnerships among employers and post-secondary educational institutions to align what is taught with the needs of employers, including new co-op placements and work-integrated learning opportunities.  This should include skilled workers in the residential construction.

Colleges should also be encouraged to continue expanding their research initiatives with industry and government support.

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Treat colleges in the same way as universities

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 10/15/2016 1476503288
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The research in colleges can contribute to regional development,including through the transfer of activities to companies and organizations from diffe .... Read more

The research in colleges can contribute to regional development,including through the transfer of activities to companies and organizations from different backgrounds.Here are other advantages for the research in colleges:"

 The research also participates in successful research university teams.Moreover, the presence of researchers enriches teaching in colleges and stimulates students' interest in scientific careers."(Education et Enseignement supérieur Québec,http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/colleges/enseignants-et-personnel-de-college/cctt/)

By treating colleges in the same way as universities,as per all the Federal-funded programs,colleges will play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem.A substantial increase in the funding for science is justified.

 

Credit: Education et Enseignement Supérieur Québec

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Government Consultation: Highlighting the Role of Colleges and Institutes in Canada's Innovation Ecosystem

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To foster an Entrepreneurial and Creative Society and Compete in a Digital World, the federal government must invest in people to deliver and mainta .... Read more
  • To foster an Entrepreneurial and Creative Society and Compete in a Digital World, the federal government must invest in people to deliver and maintain an innovation-ready workforce equipped with the skills and experience to meet the rapidly evolving needs of the labour market, generate and implement new ideas and technologies, grow companies, and adapt readily to the changing global market;
  • To expand and exploit Global Science Excellence, support World Leading Clusters and Partnerships and increase the Ease of Doing Business, Canada should unlock local innovation by providing regional partners, particularly SMEs, with more and easier access to applied research capacity to develop, adapt and market their products and services in new ways and to maximize their contributions to value chains and the development of world-leading clusters;
  • And to Grow Companies and Accelerate Clean Growth, the government must support the creation and growth of SMEs, including those in clean-tech, by providing student and community entrepreneurs with the training, advice, services and connections required to start and scale new companies that can move into global markets.

http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ic/articles/restricted/2016/10/nau20161023316304.htm

Government Consultation: Highlighting the Role of Colleges and Institutes in Canada's Innovation EcosystemColleges & Institutes Canada @CICanOctober 3, 2016

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Creating 'Innovation incubators'

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Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown th .... Read more

Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown that scientists and students who chat over coffee (or meet informally in a relaxed environment) often end up with innovative collaborative ideas. Hence, colleges must create opportunities for students from various fields related to engineering, medicine and technology intermingle socially with stimulating team building skills. With time, these interactions would lead to friendships and collaborative research as well as breathtaking innovations.

Create multi-disciplinary INNOVATION INCUBATORS in every college with a focus on improving social interactions between students from different specialties or branches.

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Creating 'Innovation incubators'

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Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown th .... Read more

Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown that scientists and students who chat over coffee (or meet informally in a relaxed environment) often end up with innovative collaborative ideas. Hence, colleges must create opportunities for students from various fields related to engineering, medicine and technology intermingle socially with stimulating team building skills. With time, these interactions would lead to friendships and collaborative research as well as breathtaking innovations.

Create multi-disciplinary INNOVATION INCUBATORS in every college with a focus on improving social interactions between students from different specialties or branches.

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Creating innovation incubators

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 10/03/2016 1475537682
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Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown th .... Read more

Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown that scientists and students who chat over coffee (or meet informally in a relaxed environment) often end up with innovative collaborative ideas. Hence, colleges must create opportunities for students from various fields related to engineering, medicine and technology intermingle socially with stimulating team building skills. With time, these interactions would lead to friendships and collaborative research as well as breathtaking innovations.

Create multi-disciplinary INNOVATION INCUBATORS in every college with a focus on improving social interactions between students from different specialties or branches

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Creating innovation incubators

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 10/03/2016 1475537652
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Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown th .... Read more

Research has demonstrated that innovative research is often collaborative and crosses boundaries of scientific specialties. Studies have also shown that scientists and students who chat over coffee (or meet informally in a relaxed environment) often end up with innovative collaborative ideas. Hence, colleges must create opportunities for students from various fields related to engineering, medicine and technology intermingle socially with stimulating team building skills. With time, these interactions would lead to friendships and collaborative research as well as breathtaking innovations.

Create multi-disciplinary INNOVATION INCUBATORS in every college with a focus on improving social interactions between students from different specialties or branches

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Partnered Innovation: colleges and institutes' contribution to Canada's innovation ecosystem

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In order to fully take advantage of the potential for growth and innovation, CICan believes the federal government should ramp up investments in colle .... Read more

In order to fully take advantage of the potential for growth and innovation, CICan believes the federal government should ramp up investments in college and institute applied research over five years from $75 million to $300 million per year as part of the Innovation Agenda action plan. This would include a re-design of programs available to colleges and institutes to offer a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach that enables the research enterprise at colleges and institutes to be more responsive to the speed of business, regional economic development needs and opportunities in social and health innovation.

Given that the private sector already matches these investments dollar for dollar, this could just be one of the most effective way to boost innovation in Canada.

http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ic/articles/restricted/2016/09/nau2016942396580.htm

Partnered Innovation: colleges and institutes' contribution to Canada's innovation ecosystem

Canadian Science Policy Centre

September 21, 2016

Credit: Denise Amyot, President and CEO Colleges and Institutes Canada

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Raise awareness of College’s capacity to help advance mining innovations.

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 09/23/2016 1474660691
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We believe that there should be more resources directed towards raising the profile and communicating the College’s capabilities to support mi .... Read more
  1. We believe that there should be more resources directed towards raising the profile and communicating the College’s capabilities to support mining specific innovations. The skills developed in Colleges directly support the mines and these trades produce some of the most innovative ideas from applied knowledge that can be implemented to the mining industry.
  2. Increase the resources (seed capital) that will enable the private sector to leverage the College’s capabilities.
  3. Include Colleges in private public partnerships.
Credit: Centre for Excellence In Mining Innovation, CEMI

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Teach the scientific method

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 09/16/2016 1474051979
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University science education often focuses on the existing knowledge base, but does not teach discovery through the scientific method.
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Agricultural Institute of Canada

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on 09/06/2016 1473190242
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Universities and colleges must work together to develop efficient structures that foster greater and on-going collaboration between pure and applied r .... Read more

Universities and colleges must work together to develop efficient structures that foster greater and on-going collaboration between pure and applied researchers.

Our stakeholders have also suggested that existing federal government funding regulations prevent public sector agricultural scientists from collaborating with university scientists. Therefore, the current regulatory framework governing the interactions between academia and federal research institutions should be revised.

A new innovation policy framework should also include the reduction of the administrative burden preventing researchers from participating in high-impact research projects. Administrative processes need to be simplified to facilitate scientists’ participation in collaborative research.

Credit: Agricultural Institute of Canada

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Academia + Industry + Government = Model for Success

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 09/06/2016 1473180408
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Industry-academia-government cooperation is needed to develop and facilitate regional clusters that will be looked upon as features of international i .... Read more

Industry-academia-government cooperation is needed to develop and facilitate regional clusters that will be looked upon as features of international industry. Canada can reach new heights by making these clusters stronger and more efficient. These clusters will accelerate innovation, foster networks of entrepreneurs, strengthen linkages between research institutions and businesses, attract and retain talent, increase competitiveness of cluster firms, and encourage new investment. Canada needs to support more initiatives like the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium (www.dairhub.com). This cluster is a collaboration of all the largest aerospace companies and leading postsecondary education institutions from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada. The GTA consists of the central city of Toronto, and the four regional municipalities that surround it: Durham, Halton, Peel, and York. The members of this cluster have united with the joint mandate of developing an Aerospace Hub at Downsview Park in Toronto, Ontario. This Aerospace Hub will create a much needed focal point for Ontario’s aerospace industry. The Hub is projected to create up to 14,400 sustainable jobs and provide direct, indirect, and induced benefits of up to $2.3 billion over the next 20 years (KPMG Report). Such a focal point will generate a global gateway for exchange and innovation, and will create national and international corridors that will enable Canada to thrive in this globally-shifting, highly-competitive industry.

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Allow Colleges to Access the Full Suite of Research Funds

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 09/04/2016 1473014555
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To make college applied research sustainable and to take it to the next level, colleges should be given greater access to grants programs that support .... Read more

To make college applied research sustainable and to take it to the next level, colleges should be given greater access to grants programs that support the continuum of the research enterprise. In particular, student targeted awards such as undergraduate research and post-graduate research awards/fellowships are critical to support the next generation of applied research experts and there are currently no such supports for the majority of college programs.

Other Tri-Council programs and prizes that exclude colleges include the innovation challenge awards, Chairs for Women in Science, Canada Research Chairs, among others. Enhanced access to this full range of research supports for research intensive colleges would unleash substantial untapped capacity in Canada’s world renowned college system.

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Create a Science Culture That Rewards Applied Research and Commercialization

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Applied research and innovation should be equally prestigious and incentivized as fundamental research. The incumbent science culture and granting str .... Read more

Applied research and innovation should be equally prestigious and incentivized as fundamental research. The incumbent science culture and granting structures often favour academic outputs such as technical publications. This can reward basic research with low potential for innovation and commercial impact. For applied research to become widely respected, there needs to be a cultural shift and a redirection of incentives to support innovation and commercialization activities that may produce low academic output but provides significant value to the building a nation of innovators.

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Create a Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program for Colleges

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Colleges have very limited access to funds that could support full-time, dedicated researchers. In particular, we do not have access to the CRC progra .... Read more

Colleges have very limited access to funds that could support full-time, dedicated researchers. In particular, we do not have access to the CRC program. This exclusion ensures that very few colleges have dedicated, full-time researchers and this makes it very difficult for applied research to become firmly embedded at colleges. We recommend the piloting of a “Canada Research Chairs for Colleges" Program. This would provide a focal point for capacity-building and would represent a key step toward unleashing the innovation potential of Canada’s research intensive colleges.

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Inclusive Treatment for Indirect Costs of Research

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To fully mobilize applied research at colleges, access to indirect costs of research (Research Support Fund) is required. Currently, Tri-Council fundi .... Read more

To fully mobilize applied research at colleges, access to indirect costs of research (Research Support Fund) is required. Currently, Tri-Council funding through the College and Community Innovation Program (CCIP) is not eligible for the Research Support Fund. We recommend removal of this exclusion.

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Support CICan’s Budget Recommendation to Increase CCIP from $75M/year to $300M/year

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The “College and Community Innovation Program” (CCIP) program has been a great success. Colleges with a track record as innovators and eco .... Read more

The “College and Community Innovation Program” (CCIP) program has been a great success. Colleges with a track record as innovators and economic drivers have submitted strong proposals to CCIP which were peer-reviewed as high-quality and categorized as fundable but rejected due to insufficient funds in the program. To take advantage of the growth opportunity in college research, the CCIP program needs to be expanded.CICan Budget 2017 Submission

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Shorter Diverse Programs with Work Integrated Experience

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Colleges need to have shorter specialized certificate programs, in coordination with professional or industry sectors and provide internships or work .... Read more

Colleges need to have shorter specialized certificate programs, in coordination with professional or industry sectors and provide internships or work experience. The innovation ecosystem has to let college students and graduates get some experience in the programs, for them to be helpful to the innovation ecosystem. Same goes for universities. The innovation ecosystem has to provide experience access to build the quality and quantity of human resources.

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Colleges and Polytechnics as Catalysts of Social Innovation

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on 08/31/2016 1472658312
Colleges and Polytechnics across Canada are undertaking a major role as catalysts of social innovation in almost every sector in society, and present .... Read more

Colleges and Polytechnics across Canada are undertaking a major role as catalysts of social innovation in almost every sector in society, and present a clear path to encouraging future progress in this area. At George Brown College, we have undertaken more than 30 projects related to social innovation, including 11 projects funded by the pilot program of the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), which supports social innovation research projects at colleges and polytechnics. This pilot initiative will connect the talent, facilities and capabilities of Canada’s colleges and polytechnics with the research needs of local community organizations.

With the support of this fund, George Brown has been able to increase their capacity to work within communities, with the goal of developing partnerships that foster social innovation in areas such as education, integration of vulnerable populations, health and community development. One example of this research is the project titled “From Margins to Center through Education: Integrating Victims of Torture and Political Oppression”. This 2-year project’s goal is to establish innovative outreach for people seeking to integrate into Canadian society following experiences of torture and war. It is a community-based participatory action study to determine the specific needs, barriers, and expectations of victims of torture pursuing higher education; the creation of a workshop and course curriculum that addresses the higher education needs and goals of victims of torture; and the pilot implementation and evaluation of an educational program designed to address the needs of victims of torture. This project is in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT).

It is however difficult to find sources of funds for these types of research projects. An example of this difficulty is seen in the allotment is SSHRC’s CCSIF fund: many projects that were selected as successful applications and declared eligible for funding but could not be due to insufficient funds. The expertise for social innovation, and the desire to undertake such research, exists and thrives within the College and Polytechnic environment. Looking towards the future, Canada should establish permanent research programs open to Colleges and Polytechnics, which are proven to be catalyzers of social innovation, with projects impacting virtually every area of our society.

Credit: George Brown College Research & Innovation

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BIM Education for your Business

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/31/2016 1472657580
One way to encourage global excellence in science is to enable institutions to take a leadership role to solve widespread innovation gaps, and to do t .... Read more

One way to encourage global excellence in science is to enable institutions to take a leadership role to solve widespread innovation gaps, and to do this by partnering whenever possibly with industry. George Brown College is a leader in Canadian Construction Management Education having the only internationally recognized construction management degree program in Canada. In addition, the Angelo DelZotto School of construction management has developed a significant capacity in BIM education and applied research, such as the recent award of a multi-year grant in Building Information Modeling.

BIM is a process that is radically impacting the construction industry worldwide. It enables businesses to envisage the construction of a facility virtually, prior to its actual physical construction, in order to identify problems, simulate challenges, analyze potential solutions, improve safety and decrease overall build costs. Utilizing BIM technology increases productivity by transforming existing levels of project interoperability, scalability, standardization and risk management and so significantly improving project management, decision-making and meeting deliverables and deadlines. This enables construction companies to realize major efficiencies at every stage of the building lifecycle from concept through to occupation.

The Canadian construction sector currently lags behind the rest of the world in research and adoption of BIM technology. Because of the additional business costs of BIM adoption, which include sizable investments in infrastructure, hardware, software and training, many SMEs will effectively be locked out of the competition for contracts that require BIM expertise.

George Brown College is at the forefront of undergraduate Construction Management education and BIM applied research in Canada. George Brown will support organizations in adopting BIM approaches and adapting BIM tools into their business models. The initiative will actively transfer BIM technology and processes to Ontario’s construction sector SMEs, increasing SME productivity and efficiency throughout the whole building lifecycle. This initiative will enable George Brown to take a leadership role and partner with industry to address the BIM innovation gap and catalyze economic development in the construction sector in Ontario.

Credit: George Brown College Research & Innovation

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Systemic Barriers in R&D

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/31/2016 1472655810
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Increased awareness of systemic barriers facing women regarding research and development grants – not evaluated on a level playing field due to .... Read more

Increased awareness of systemic barriers facing women regarding research and development grants – not evaluated on a level playing field due to lost time from child care responsibilities ex. There is no real option for a single parent who has little support until the child is 1 year.

Credit: Anne Klymenko; Roxanne Deslauriers

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Increase in different supports

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/31/2016 1472655744
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Increased emphasis on financial / business literacy for women Increased support for student travel to conferences Increased connections between local .... Read more

Increased emphasis on financial / business literacy for women

Increased support for student travel to conferences

Increased connections between local politician & student unions/campus groups

Credit: Angie Maltese; Jayal Chung;

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Colleges provide a unique learning experience for students.

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/22/2016 1471890519
There are more opportunities at the college-level (than there typically are at the university level) to engage in “real-world” projects as .... Read more

There are more opportunities at the college-level (than there typically are at the university level) to engage in “real-world” projects as part of co-op placements, field practicums and capstone projects. To this end, colleges can ensure that they are aware, and taking advantage, of opportunities to funnel students through the local and regional innovation pipelines that already exist. In this way, students can leverage their classroom learning to make an impact on problems that are relevant and meaningful to their learning. This, in turn, will encourage them to move beyond the classroom and into the innovation ecosphere on their own. The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research supports and encourages students from over 25 programs to work in partnership with over 50 different community and industry partners on “real-world” challenges facing an aging population. Many of these partnerships result in innovative new products and services, and in some instances, new companies entering the Canadian entrepreneurial landscape.

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Ensuring Innovation is Taught in all Disciplines

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/22/2016 1471890014
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Colleges and universities need to continue to consult with Canada’s scale-up community when designing their programs to ensure that the needs of .... Read more

Colleges and universities need to continue to consult with Canada’s scale-up community when designing their programs to ensure that the needs of the current and evolving labour market are being met by the post-secondary institutions.

Credit: Council of Canadian Innovators

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Establish Permanent Program Supporting Social Innovation Research

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/18/2016 1471551144
Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation applauds the success of SSHRC’s pilot Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) and would we .... Read more

Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation applauds the success of SSHRC’s pilot Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) and would welcome the establishment of the CCSIF as a permanent program.

Sheridan has been fortunate to receive five awards from the CCSIF pilot program. Projects underway are already enabling valuable social innovation research that taps into our professors’ expertise for the benefit of our community. The CCSIF opportunity has allowed our office to support researchers working in social science disciplines who previously had fewer federal funding prospects at the college level than those working in STEM fields.

Current research within CCSIF projects is building strong and innovative connections between Sheridan and the community while providing invaluable learning opportunities for students, allowing them to apply their classroom knowledge to pressing societal issues while developing critical thinking skills and engaging with community partners.

Sheridan’s CCSIF projects at a glance: Round 1: https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/news/sheridan-awarded-two-sshrc-social-innovation-grants.aspx

Round 2: https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/news/sheridan-awarded-three-sshrc-social-innovation-grants.aspx 

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Establish Permanent Program Supporting Social Innovation Research

Question:How can colleges play a larger role in the innovation ecosystem?
on 08/18/2016 1471551121
Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation applauds the success of SSHRC’s pilot Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) and would we .... Read more

Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation applauds the success of SSHRC’s pilot Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) and would welcome the establishment of the CCSIF as a permanent program.

Sheridan has been fortunate to receive five awards from the CCSIF pilot program. Projects underway are already enabling valuable social innovation research that taps into our professors’ expertise for the benefit of our community. The CCSIF opportunity has allowed our office to support researchers working in social science disciplines who previously had fewer federal funding prospects at the college level than those working in STEM fields.

Current research within CCSIF projects is building strong and innovative connections between Sheridan and the community while providing invaluable learning opportunities for students, allowing them to apply their classroom knowledge to pressing societal issues while developing critical thinking skills and engaging with community partners.

Sheridan’s CCSIF projects at a glance: Round 1: https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/news/sheridan-awarded-two-sshrc-social-innovation-grants.aspx

Round 2: https://www.sheridancollege.ca/news-and-events/news/sheridan-awarded-three-sshrc-social-innovation-grants.aspx 

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