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Media Release
Release Date: October 23, 2014

Camosun College is one of Canada's top colleges for research income according to the annual Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges report, released today by Research Infosource Inc. Camosun attracted a total of $1,397,000 in research funding during reporting period, an increase of 21.4% over the previous year.

Ranked at 37th in the country, Camosun was recognized primarily for its contribution to technology, sport, manufacturing and social innovations that help small-to-medium enterprises become more competitive, productive and effective.

Canada's 50 leading research colleges posted a record total of $152.8 million of research income in Fiscal 2013, an increase of 30.8% over the previous year. British Columbia Institute of Technology claims first place nationally, up from its 5th place last year, with Yukon College coming in at number 10 and the Justice Institute of British Columbia at 23. Camosun is the only BC College to make the top 50 list.

"College-based research is a triple-win for Camosun," says Dr. Tim Walzak, director of Camosun's innovation division. "It challenges and inspires our talented research faculty to remain current in their fields; it contributes to an enriched, hands-on learning environment for our exceptionally bright and motivated students; and it generates valuable revenue for Camosun through grants from agencies like the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Own the Podium sport program."

Recent innovations include drain sensors that monitor municipal drain systems for oily contaminants, and detection methods to identify residual pesticides on fresh produce. "The scope of what we accomplish at Camosun continues to amaze me," says Walzak. "We approach all our projects with a positive 'can do' attitude, and the combined imagination and intellectual capital we have at hand seems unlimited. It's a very exciting time to be in the innovation field."

You will find Camosun's applied research and innovation division in the Enterprise Point building at the Interurban Campus. Camosun invites clients with technology or innovation needs—prototype development; productivity and automation enhancements; computer-assisted technologies; sport adaptive technologies—to contact Jamie VanDenbossche, manager of applied research and innovation services.

View the full Top 50 list here.


Karla Sandwith
Communications Strategist
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Last updated: October 22, 2014 12:35 pm

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