Innovation Showcase

Colleges and institutes strengthen Canada’s capacity to innovate by undertaking applied research projects that refine and adapt products, services, technologies, and processes.

They provide partners with the talent and state-of-the-art facilities needed to drive both economic and social gain. Discover over 150 innovation stories from colleges and institutes across the country.

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Zero Emissions Public Transit

Red River College Polytechnic

Electric vehicles hold great promise for reducing reliance on fossil fuels for public transportation around the world. But batteries and recharging facilities need to be more efficient to make the...

Worth a Thousand Words

Red Deer Polytechnic

Picture this: women, working to get footholds in a new country, are armed with cameras. What will the pictures they take tell them about the journey they’re on? What will they tell the new country...

Wave Energy Research

College of the North Atlantic (CNA)

College researchers in Burin, Newfoundland are experimenting with wave energy to develop a pump that could provide water for aquaculture operations inland. The College of the North Atlantic team is...

Wastewater Recovery

Lambton College

There is a growing interest in water and wastewater treatment technologies and systems across Canada. The Lambton Water Centre (LWC) increases the capacity for Lambton College and its partners to...

Vegan Alfredo Sauce gets a New Lease on Life

George Brown College

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...

Using Wood Ash as Fertilizer

Collège Boréal

For decades, the forestry industry has operated under difficult financial conditions, and little attention has been given to potential innovations and research opportunities. This has created...

Using Radar for Outdoor Perimeter Security

Algonquin College

Algonquin College student researchers have been key players in the design and testing of a new 3D radar system that an Ottawa security company is developing for perimeter surveillance of military...

Using Drones for Aerial Mapping

Confederation College

Unmanned aerial vehicles may offer new potential for more accurate and cost-effective aerial surveys of Northern forests. An applied research project at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario...

Upgrading Precision Optical Micro-assembly

Cégep André-Laurendeau

In the biomedical field, integrating micro-optical devices requires very tight assembly tolerances and reliable processes that are scalable to industrial production. Designing and testing these...

Tracking your Gym Time

Algonquin College

Student researchers at Ottawa’s Algonquin College have helped advance the next generation of fitness through a Virtual Personal Training app developed in partnership with an Ottawa start-up...

Tracking the Wanderers

Durham College

People with autism or dementia tend to wander, which puts them at risk — so knowing their whereabouts are being tracked 24/7 can give their caregivers peace of mind and help ensure the wandering...

The unbreakable stone age

Mohawk College

The ancient Japanese vase had survived much in its 6,000 years — but withstanding researchers’ probing hands was probably asking too much. That led its owner to Mohawk College with a question:...

The SeatBOT: automating quality assurance

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Up, down, forward, back, straight or tilted or down, push button or lever — car seats have a whole range of motions that have to work. A team from Humber College helped to build a system to let...