Camosun awarded $1.75 million NSERC grant to create a technology access centre
May 29, 2012
Camosun College has been awarded $1.75 million over five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to develop research partnerships between the college and industry to boost marketplace innovation.
The funding has been made possible through NSERC's College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program which supports research collaborations between companies and colleges. The funding enables colleges and polytechnics across the country to help industry partners innovate and take new products and services to market.
"The NSERC CCI funding will enable the expansion of "Camosun Tech," a new technology access centre at Camosun College," says Dr. Tim Walzak, BC Regional Chair of Sport Technology at Camosun. "It is another boost to our ongoing applied research efforts and will enhance on our ability to provide college expertise, research, testing and product development services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)."
"Camosun Tech will complement the college's 160 different academic programs with a suite of industry services that will fill the gaps in local innovation development," he added.
Through Camosun Tech, the college will provide a full spectrum of technical services to local companies, including: prototype design and development; sensor and electronic device development; textiles and technical garment testing; human performance technology development; environmental technology; wireless protocol/device integration; and, health science research.
Camosun's current project partners include: Canadian Sport Centre Pacific (CSCP); Own the Podium (OTP); Petro Barrier Systems Inc.; Quaternium Engineering Inc.; and, Poncho Wildcox Corporation.
"We are providing industry with the ability to innovate, reduce their product development time, and provide them with access to faculty expertise, advanced manufacturing equipment, prototyping capabilities, and access to applied research funding and infrastructure that they would otherwise not have at their disposal," says Walzak.
Camosun Tech will build on the problem solving and client collaboration approach developed by Camosun's already successful Sport Innovation Centre (SPIN) and Vancouver Island Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (VICAMP).
|Dr. Tim Walzak |
BC Regional Chair of Sport Technology Camosun College
Last updated: May 29, 2012 1:09 pm