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March 15, 2016

Partnering with Industry in Green Building Innovation

Green-minded home buyers in Calgary have recently purchased two net-zero energy homes constructed by student researchers at SAIT Polytechnic. Green Building Technologies (GBT) is one of SAIT’s leading research areas in the Applied Research and Innovation Services department. The GBT research initiative was established in 2008, and received a five-year CCI Innovation Enhancement grant in 2009. The research group has grown in expertise, industry-based applied research projects and laboratory capabilities. One of the research team’s key partners is Avalon Master Builders, a pioneer in green construction that has developed a series of net-zero energy homes. Two of these houses were... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Improving Highway Line Painting Technology

Niagara College’s state-of-the-art capacity in 3D design and 3D printing has offered local companies exciting new possibilities to improve their products and services. One such company is Linetech Equipment Mfg. Ltd., one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of equipment to paint lines on roads and highways. About 100 of the company’s truck-mounted machines are in use across Canada, the United States, and in other parts of the world. Several years ago, Linetech worked with the college’s digital media team to update software and test a mobile monitoring device that gauges the thickness of existing road markings. After a successful research partnership... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Simulating Olympic Sports

An exciting new sports innovation idea will bring the Olympic experience of bobsled racing and canoe kayaking to B.C families this spring. Camosun College’s applied research centre, Camosun Innovates, is playing an important role in supporting the success of the new Richmond Olympic Experience developed in partnership with VROX Sport Simulation. VROX is the company behind the research and development of new sports simulators. Camosun Innovates and the Camosun Technology Access Centre (CTAC) were hired by VROX to design and fabricate bobsled, sit-ski, and canoe kayak shells to work with motion capture platforms to create state-of-the-art sports simulators. These simulators... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Vegan Alfredo Sauce gets a New Lease on Life

Nona Vegan Foods was founded to accommodate the often challenging act of balancing a nourishing vegan diet with hectic schedules. The company’s standout product was a vegan Alfredo sauce, sold in eight stores in its first year of business. But there was one clear challenge: the shelf life of this delicious, cashew-based sauce was 10 days, limiting how and where they could sell the product. So Nona Vegan Foods came to George Brown’s Food Innovation Research Studio (FIRSt) to increase the shelf life of the product. This type of improvement is technologically challenging due to the neutral pH of an... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Testing and Tasting New Cheese Flavours

Tasting a new cheese flavour before it is available in stores is one of the benefits of being a researcher at Canada’s Smartest Kitchen (CSK) at Holland College Building on the 20 year success of The Cheeselady’s Gouda Shop, researchers in the specialized commercial kitchen worked with the company’s new owner, Chef Jeff McCourt, to develop a new pesto-flavoured gouda to expand their growing line of artisan cheeses. As flavourings and ingredients that are used in cheese making must be dehydrated and sterilized for food safety, specialized food researchers worked with the Smart Kitchen’s network of suppliers to find the... Read more
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March 15, 2016

From the Restaurant to Your Kitchen

Scaccia is a family owned Italian restaurant in downtown Toronto. Their signature dish is the “scaccia” itself – a variety of delicious, healthy vegetables, cheeses, and meats placed between two layers of dough and baked to perfection. Looking to break into the ready-made market, Scaccia restaurant came to George Brown College’s Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) to develop a frozen microwaveable version of their scaccia sandwich. The product had to be individually portioned for the food service industry, nutritionally responsible, and as tasty as the original. College researchers worked closely with Scaccia owners and head chef throughout the development... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Diagnosing the Health of Honey Bees

Concerns about declining bee populations in North America have been major news in the past couple of years as many beekeepers have suffered large losses of bees. There has been increased urgency to find causes for the deaths of bees in hives across Canada. The National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) is a state-of-the-art laboratory of Grande Prairie Regional College that opened in April 2013 through a partnership with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. The same month, it was awarded an NSERC Technology Access Centre grant which helped expand its mandate to include applied research, training, outreach, and innovation for the beekeeping... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Dark Laser Detects Nano Particles of Oil in Water

NAIT’s Nanotechnology Centre for Applied Research, Industry Training and Services (NanoCARTS) was established in 2012 with a Technology Access Centre grant from the Natural Science Engineering Research Council of Canada. The centre provides nanotechnology and microtechnology support to small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of prototyping, product development and enhancement, testing, as well as characterization and training. One of the projects within nanoCARTS involves a collaborative effort between NAIT, Alberta Nano-Monitoring Systems (ANMS), Benchmark Instrumentation and Analytical Services and a major Alberta oil sands company. The project is focused on the development of a unique structured “dark” laser beam, based... Read more
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