Fall Open House a success for Niagara College, Research & Innovation division

NC Fall OpenHouse 2023

Niagara College (NC) opened its doors to nearly 1,000 future students, or a total of 2,000 people including all guests, during its Fall Open House, on Nov. 4.

Prospective students, parents and friends visited the Welland Campus and the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake to explore all the College has to offer.

Research & Innovation division staff and students represented all four of our Innovation Centres showcasing their talents through displays, presentations and more.

The Horticultural & Environmental Sciences Innovation Centre (HESIC) displayed two new posters inside the NC Teaching Greenhouse for future students and their guests to see.

The two posters highlighted recently completed projects with International Zeolite Corp. and Terra Optima, who both had their products tested and validated by the HESIC team. The posters gave visitors insights into these projects and spoke to the opportunities that HESIC offers on campus for students who are willing to work part-time while they study.

President Sean Kennedy stopped by the display to hear about the HESIC research trials currently underway with companies Seaborn Organics and Ecowool, who are growing tomatoes and strawberries with their products.

One of our graduates, Alberto Hardt, participated in a speaker session sharing a bit about his experience as a student and HESIC employee. Overall, it was a very busy Saturday for HESIC students Emily Taylor, Miguel Hernandes and Amanda Saulnier, who did a great job at the display!

Mackenzie Haines, Marketing Research Associate with the Business & Commercialization Innovation Centre, presented to prospective students in the School of Business. He spoke about what makes Niagara College unique, including the real-world work experience he’s getting by working with R&I, and about his experience travelling and learning with the Be World Ready program.

Neil Wilkinson, Research Program Manager, and student research assistants opened the lab doors to the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre showcasing our capabilities in metrology.

Always popular, the Food & Beverage Innovation Centre offered tours of the labs in the Marotta Family Innovation Complex. They also offered visitors delicious samples of gluten-free pizza, made with a client’s product – a product for which the team helped develop the recipe.

Thanks to all the staff and students who participated and made the Fall Open House such an incredible success! You can learn about NC’s 130 programs in diploma, degree and post-grad streams at any time by visiting the website.