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Camosun Innovates

Student Interaction

Camosun Innovates is committed to applied learning and empowers students in a way that makes education meaningful. Working with Camosun Innovates gives students the real world skills and experience they need when they go out into the employment world, as well as providing unique opportunities for companies to gain access to new product ideas, new technology, and new employees.

The success of student-industry partnerships

Camosun College has emerged as a top regional leader in applied research and innovation, says Dr. Tim Walzak, Director of Camosun Innovates. “It sets us apart from other institutions and we’ve made it a top priority for the continued transformation of the college going forward,” he notes.

Walzak believes that applied research is key to Camosun’s success in supporting local industry and it is already serving as a dynamic catalyst of innovation throughout the region. “We know that technology is changing very rapidly in today’s workplace and we want to make sure that Camosun’s curriculum reflects those rapidly changing opportunities.”

In 2017, Camosun's Board of Governors Award for Innovation was awarded to Mechanical Engineering Technology student Ben Costin, who worked with Camosun Innovates during his studies. Costin helped local company Ocean Rodeo to develop a ground-breaking new control bar for the global kiteboarding industry.

“Ben is a dedicated, hardworking, and very intelligent employee,” says Ocean Rodeo Product Designer Alastair Wood. “He offers insights and solutions in areas that are valuable to our company.” Ocean Rodeo is pleased with their collaboration with the college. “Working with Camosun has been valuable to us because it enables us to have access to machinery and expertise that we would otherwise have no affordable means of accessing. It allows us to accurately test and quantify ideas in a controlled and reliable manner.”

Camosun award winner Ben Costin shares the story of his work with Ocean Rodeo and Camosun Innovates.

Babcock Canada Interaction Lab

On December 6, 2016, Babcock Canada announced an investment of $800,000 into Camosun College’s TRADEMark of Excellence campaign to support next generation specialized equipment in the new future-focused Interaction Lab that bears its name.

Opening in October 2017, the Interaction Lab is part of Camosun’s commitment to enhancing applied learning, in partnership with Education and Student Experience. The college’s emphasis on applied learning helps Camosun meet the needs of students in a way that makes education meaningful. It is integral to bringing skills, knowledge and real-world problem-solving to the classroom experience.

The Interaction Lab is designed to engage faculty across disciplines, fostering a collaborative approach to innovation where new ideas can become reality.

“The technology is state of the art but more importantly it’s the people and the interaction,” says Dr. Tim Walzak, Director of Camosun Innovates. “It’s exciting to have under one roof students, faculty and our industry partners—all working together on real-world solutions.”

Learn more about the new Interaction Lab.

Moving equipment into the new Interaction Lab space at Interurban Campus.

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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
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