Category Archives: Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Lunch & Learn focuses on Accessing Government Funding

Our next workshop in the Lunch & Learn services, put on by the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, will show participants how to work with the college to access publicly funded programs to boost the Canadian economy. Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal government bodies can help your business through grants, loans, or other forms of financing. Finding and applying for government grants or loans can be a time-consuming, complex process.

We’re here to help. In this lunch-time session, set for June 28 at the Welland Campus, you will learn about funding and service opportunities from:

• National Research Council Canada
• Ontario Centres of Excellence
• Niagara Region Economic Development

To find out more, and to register click HERE.

Lunch & Learn Workshop: Lean Manufacturing Tools – Implementing 5S on Your Shop Floor

This workshop explores efficient workplace organizational and housekeeping methodology as part of continuous improvement or lean manufacturing processes.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 – Deadline to register Oct. 19, 2016

Facilitated by: David Henderson
B. Mech. Engr. P. Eng.

Many manufacturing facilities have opted to follow the path towards a “5S” workplace as a system to reduce waste and optimize productivity through maintaining an orderly workplace and using visual cues to achieve more consistent operational results. The term refers to five steps – sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain – that are also sometimes known as the 5 pillars of a visual workplace.

To find out more, and to register, click HERE

Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre nears completion

A mild winter has helped contribute to steady construction progress for the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, on the Welland campus of Niagara College.

Set to be operational by May 2016, the 15,000 square-foot facility will specialize in engineering design, 3D digital scanning technology, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing.

The ground floor will include specialized labs with 3D printers, scanners and other equipment along with office space for student and staff scientists and researchers. It will also include flexible labs that can be used as incubation space for industry partners.

The top floor will house Niagara College Research & Innovation division offices and space for ncTakeOff, Niagara College’s entrepreneurship hub, and NC’s digital media and web solutions group, along with meeting and conference space.

Niagara College has long had the expertise and equipment to serve the advanced manufacturing sector, but until now has lacked a cohesive, dedicated space for applied research projects in this key sector, which accounts for more than 900 companies employing 21,000 people, and 16 per cent of Niagara Region’s GDP.

Construction began on the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre in March 2015 with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Charles Sousa, Ontario’s finance minister.

The provincial government has invested $4.2 million toward the development of the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

The Walker family and its company, Walker Industries Holdings Limited, for whom the centre is named, contributed $1.2 million to the project – the largest corporate donation in Niagara College history.

The Centre has been constructed as an addition to the Rankin Technology building. During a recent media tour, visitors were invited to view the work in the current borrowed classroom space, and tour the new labs and offices on the north side of the Welland Campus.

Here are some video highlights from that media tour:

Lunch and Learn Reality Capture Workshop coming Feb. 11

The Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, along with Cansel, will present Technical Workshop 1 on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at the Welland Campus of Niagara College.

“Reality Capture: Working with As-Built and Design Model Data in 3D” is a beneficial Lunch and Learn event for architects, engineers, designers and CAD technicians, or anyone who has issues working with inaccurate or non-existent as-built data.
A very common and unfortunate circumstance of as-built vs. designed entities is that they are quite often not the same. Large scale and complicated geometry only compound the issue, but, great advances in 3D measurement hardware and software can now address this problem quite effectively. The experts from Cansel will walk you through how to utilize these tools for your architectural, construction and engineering-related applications.

The event takes place Thursday, Feb. 11, from 11:30am to 2pm, at a cost of $40 per person, which includes a meal and the workshop.
The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

To register:

For more information, contact James Lambert, Manager, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre,, or 905-735-2211, ext. 7177.

Funding now available for Business Solutions Projects

The Research & Innovation division is currently seeking Industry Partners who require assistance with business challenges such as market research; marketing & advertising plans; and sales strategies & prospect lists. Funding is available for those in Manufacturing or the Food & Beverage sector. See our Current Opportunities page for more information.

Centre featured in Ontario Technologist magazine

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre is featured prominently in the most recent issue of Ontario Technologist magazine, a publication for members of the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). The issue includes a feature on the operations of the Centre itself, along with a profiles of Misheck Mwaba, Niagara College’s Dean of Media, Trades and Technology, and OACETT council member; NC faculty Gilles Laroche (15 years of service to OACETT) and Jim Lambert, who recently joined NC as the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre Manager. View issue highlight here.