On February 19, students, faculty members and industry partners collaborating on applied research projects through Cambrian College’s applied research division, Cambrian Innovates, showcased their work to Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault and the Honourable Reza Moridi, who is the provincial Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Minister of Research and Innovation.
Cambrian President Bill Best and the College’s Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Enterprise, Emile Malvaso, led the visitors on a tour of the lab and introduced them to industry partners, as well as students and faculty members who are working on applied research projects.
Representatives from two local industry partners, Rock-Tech and Jannatec Technologies, discussed their projects and their experience working with Cambrian Innovates with Minister Moridi and MPP Thibeault. Each company partnered with Cambrian Innovates to create unique, commercially-viable products that will enhance the safety of underground workers.
Jannatec Technologies and Cambrian Innovates are developing a wiring system for a wearable piece of equipment that is intended for use in heavy industry and deep underground mining to improve health and safety. The device will streamline current technologies such as displays, digital voice communication, position tracking, and collision avoidance. Students and faculty in the College’s Instrumentation, Chemical Engineering and Millwright programs are collaborating on this project. The next phase will involve testing in an environmental chamber.
Rock-Tech is collaborating with Cambrian Innovates to build a customizable steel screen to make the rock breaking process in underground mining safer and more efficient. The project is near completion, and once it is finished, Rock-Tech will retain all of the intellectual property and prototypes related to the project.
“The partnership with Cambrian Innovates helped us to bring our ideas to life,” said Ricky Lemieux, President of Rock-Tech. “We’re impressed with the students and professors working on our project, and appreciate how they were able to meet our timelines,” Lemieux continued.
Cambrian Innovates staff members leverage grants from federal and provincial funding partners to conduct research projects with businesses across a range of sectors, including: mining, information technology, health and environmental services.
Cambrian College is a leader in research and innovation in the north, ranked 34th among Canada’s top research colleges by Research Infosource in 2015. The College earned $1.56 million in research income in its 2014 fiscal year. Cambrian Innovates has 57 industry partners and has completed 61 projects since 2009, engaging 150 students and 33 faculty members in research and innovation efforts.