Through the Industry Innovation Centre @ Niagara (IIC@N), Niagara Research is hosting a workshop for the region’s SMEs next month.
Facilitated by Niagara College’s School of Business, the IIC@N workshop is entitled “Business Productivity: Where Efficiency and Technology Meet,” and is scheduled to take place Wed., June 4, at the Welland Campus.
The workshop is the second of three being offered on this topic, and will provide material that is applicable to business owners and individual employees alike.
Located at the Welland Campus of Niagara College, IIC@N provides small regional manufacturers access to needed facilities, equipment, technical expertise – including 3D technologies, such as Computer-Aided Design (3D CAD), additive manufacturing (3D printing) and co-ordinate measurement (3D scanning) of objects as small as a dime and as large as a whole factory – and serves to assist them in product development, technology adoption, expansion into new markets and commercialization.
IIC@N also provides support services and mentorship to hundreds of companies as a result of training and networking opportunities, such as the above-mentioned workshop.
The centre was launched in May 2013 thanks to funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative fund, and support from the Province of Ontario and key regional partners such as Niagara Economic Development, the Niagara Industrial Association, Rankin Construction Inc., and Mountainview Homes.
In April 2014, Niagara Research, the research and innovation division that runs IIC@N, received $1.75 million over five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to expand the services and equipment of the centre.
More details on the workshop, and the work of the Industry Innovation Centre, available here.