Partnerships: Innovation

The primary purpose of BC’s colleges applied research and innovation activities is to match the needs of businesses and community organizations with the outstanding student and faculty research talents at colleges.

As the global economy changes so does British Columbia’s response, and BC’s colleges are integral to growing new technology and innovation centers in key areas of the economy. For over a decade Colleges have built capacity to support innovation at local small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We have done so to:

  • Enrich student learning through experiential / applied learning
  • Expose students to real world, hands-on problem solving, thus expanding their job applicable skills and education
  • Share faculty expertise and access to unique technology that supports local SME applied research and intellectual property development, leading to new, better performing commercial products and services
  • Partner with businesses to grow employment opportunities for students while strengthening industry relationships and investments in colleges
  • Help employers engage in, and support, applied research projects
  • Complement the leading “discovery research” focus of universities

Colleges are members of the BC Applied Research and Innovation Network (BCARIN), and access Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) applied research funding exclusively for Colleges. Nationally we collaborate with 110 NSERC-eligible colleges, while working closely with Universities on competitive projects and applied research initiatives.

College applied research significantly benefits students, contributes to economic productivity, and helps community organizations and business partners achieve their innovation potential and competitive advantage going forward.

Some examples of innovation at BC Colleges:

North Island College Researching Benefits of Seaweed as Cattle Feed

College of New Caledonia - Increasing winter food yields in Northern B.C. through LED technology

Colleges Support Workforce Innovation in B.C.’s Interior

Camosun College’s Technology Access Centre (CTAC): a catalyst for B.C. Businesses

Langara College - Mitigating environmental contamination with BIOCHAR

*original content from BCARIN Applied Research Success Stories