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College-SME Partnerships Contribute to Economic Growth and Talent

Ottawa, May 25, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) released a new publication today that showcases the impressive leading edge applied research projects that colleges and institutes are delivering in partnership with industry partners.

Partnerships for Industry Innovation showcases over 100 applied research projects conducted in colleges and institutes across the country thanks to support from the Tri-Council College and Community Innovation Program. These initiatives support innovations and economic growth by helping small and medium-sized enterprises focus on improvements in technologies, processes, products and services.

“Colleges and institutes across Canada play a key role in driving innovation across a variety of sectors where applied research is required to adapt to new and evolving markets”, says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “With support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), our members have been able to improve their linkages with the private sector which is a vital element of Canada’s innovation system.”

Thanks to the Tri-Council College and Community Innovation Program, local businesses have access to state of the art equipment, facilities and the talent of college and institute faculty and technical experts. This also helps students by providing opportunities to gain practical experience and preparing them for meaningful careers.

In fact, CICan’s latest annual report on the state of applied research in Canadian colleges and institutes shows that the number of industry partners working with colleges and institutes has gone up by 3% last year. CICan members are now involved in 5,633 partnerships with private companies, 77% of which are small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.

The Partnerships for Industry Innovation document is available for download at:



For more information :

Julien Abord-Babin

Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan