Category Archives: Research & Innovation

WE’RE HIRING: Research Project Manager with our Advanced Manufacturing Research & Innovation Centre team

Research Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Research & Innovation

Reporting to the Manager, Projects & Operations, Research and Innovation, the Research Project Manager will be responsible for managing a wide range of applied research projects and related activities.  The Research Project Manager will manage outreach activities with business and industry, liaise with funders and form and manage applied research project teams that include faculty, staff, students, and industry partners.  The Research Project Manager is responsible for identifying and responding to research opportunities, developing concepts, generating funding proposals, preparing and managing documents and reports, managing financial and human resources for research projects, as well as coordinating dissemination and outreach activities.

For more information, click HERE. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 14.


POSITION AVAILABLE: Business Research Assisant

Business Research Assistant

The successful candidate will work individually and as part of a team to complete project deliverables. Hours completed during this work term may be eligible to be used toward your co-operative placement hours. The Business Research Assistant will meet regularly with Faculty Advisor(s), Research Project Manager(s), and Industry Partner(s).

Click HERE for more information. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 28 at noon.

Please email your resume, cover letter and class schedule to Niagara College Research & Innovation, and reference Business Research Assistant in the subject line.

We thank all applicants; however, only those qualifying for an interview will be contacted.

National Parliament Hill Showcase features NC student

A recent quick trip to Ottawa landed Research Assistant Owen Alexander in the spotlight, as one of the students selected from across Canada to participate in the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Applied Research Student Showcase, on Parliament Hill, Nov. 5, 2018.

Owen, a Mechanical Engineering Technology co-op student with the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, offered one of the most interactive tables, showing off how virtual reality (VR) and 3D capture technologies can enhance the planning stages for manufacturers looking to improve or build new warehouse spaces. #myNCstory #ncinnovation #CICan #advancedmanufacturing

For more information on the capabilities of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, visit the website.


R&I raises more than $2,000 in Fifth Annual WTF Trivia Night for United Way

Those NC librarians know the score. The high score, that is, which they successfully defended as WTF (World Trivia Federation) champs. The team reclaimed the belt they have held since the fourth annual Trivia Night, organized by Research & Innovation to raise funds for the NC United Way campaign.

A dozen teams took over the Core on the Welland Campus to compete for the coveted prize. The evening entertainment was anchored by Marc Nantel, associate vice-president, Research & Innovation, by day, and master of ceremonies extraordinaire by night. Decked out in a tux and strumming one of two guitars at varying points during the event, Nantel led the participants through four rounds of trivia themed around Niagara College schools of study.

The evening also included raffle prizes and a 50/50 draw, but in the end Niagara’s United Way campaign is the big winner, as the event’s funds will be added to the college campaign, whose goal of $40,000 is well within reach thanks to several special events, and the generosity of employees on both campuses.

Under the newly amalgamated United Way Niagara, the regional goal for 2018 is $5 million. For more information, visit their website.

Niagara College earns top-10 place for fourth year in a row among research colleges in Canada

For the fourth year in a row, Niagara College has earned the honour of being in the top 10 colleges in the country for research funding, according to a new national study released on Nov. 1.

In its report “Top 50 Research Colleges,” Research Infosource Inc. has announced the rank of eight for Niagara College, based on total research funding numbers for 2017. This represents a steady placement of four years in a row in the top 10, since Niagara College earned spot No. 10 in the 2014 research funding year. For research funding in 2015 and 2016, Niagara College earned the rank of seventh.

“Niagara College’s research performance over a decade has been impressive,” said Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc. “It is a testament to the close links formed with Niagara region companies together with a record of innovation from faculty.”

“Research and innovation has been a key priority for us, because we see ourselves as critical players in Niagara’s economic development,” said NC president Dan Patterson, PhD. “Our high-performance R&I division provides innovative solutions to help local companies innovate, while also enhancing our students’ education through real-world research opportunities.”

Looking at colleges with applied research funding in Ontario, Niagara ranks fifth, having attracted $6.4 million in funding to conduct innovative projects involving industry partners in the food and beverage, advanced manufacturing and precision agriculture and related environmental technologies sectors.

In fact, looking closely at the number of interactions with industry – small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) who turn to colleges because they do not have time or resources to innovate – Niagara College ranked third in all of Canada in the number of completed projects, at 131.

Research funding allows the College to partner with SMEs in the region to conduct projects and services, which provide innovative solutions for industry. These include producing and testing prototypes, evaluating new technologies, and developing new or improved products and processes. NC Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, and Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions.

NC’s Research & Innovation division administers research funding support from various regional, provincial and federal agencies. Students and graduates are hired to work alongside faculty researchers and assist industry partners with leaping forward in the marketplace. Students come from a variety of the College’s programs, such as Mechanical Engineering Technology, Culinary Innovation and Food Technology, Business Administration – Marketing, and Computer Programmer.

“We are delighted to have this endorsement for the exceptional work our staff, faculty and students are doing on industry partner projects,” said Marc Nantel, PhD, associate vice-president of Research & Innovation. “Niagara College has seen a steady increase in specialized equipment and leading-edge lab spaces to attract new partnerships and funding, and it’s paying off for SMEs in our region.”

This recognition follows a number of recent accolades. In October, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) presented NC with the 2018 Gold Award of Excellence in Applied Research and Innovation at the WFCP 2018 World Congress in Melbourne, Australia. In April, NC received a silver award for Applied Research and Innovative Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada.

Research Infosource annually compiles listings of the Top 50 research universities, corporate R&D spenders, and research hospitals. This year marks the fourth year a list has been released for the Top 50 research colleges in Canada. A special report on all 2017 categories, including comprehensive listings, analysis and insight, was published on November 15, 2018.

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation conducts research projects with industry partners through its Agriculture & Environment Innovation Centre, and the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre and the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. The division also offers support in the areas of digital media and web solutions and business and commercialization solutions. For more information on the Top 50 list, go to

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and aesthetics. For more information visit


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