Cambrian third in Canada for hiring student researchers

Posted on Friday November 4, 2016

Cambrian College is pleased to be ranked third among mid-sized colleges in Canada for employing student researchers and to retain a ranking among the Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada, as determined by Research Infosource Inc.

Logo for Research Infosource, Inc. Top 50 Research CollegesIn its 2014-15 fiscal year, Cambrian employed 48 student researchers, earning third place in its category and sixth overall. Cambrian is the only college in Northern Ontario to make the list.

“We are very pleased to be among the Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada, and in particular, it’s great to be recognized for the number of students who are engaged in projects,” said Emile Malvaso, Chair, Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Enterprise at Cambrian College.

A Cambrian College student (left) is guided by a faculty member (right).
Cambrian College employed 48 student researchers in 2014-15, offering students valuable work experience.

“In the 2014-15 fiscal year, our faculty guided 48 students, collaborating through 39 partnerships that drive innovation through research and development,” Malvaso continued. “Working on these projects offers students invaluable experience. It’s a chance to impress prospective employers and it helps students financially because they’re paid for their work. Many students have been able to pay their tuition through their applied research positions, which is fantastic. Plus, many employers offer jobs to the students once they graduate, because they already know how well the students perform on the job.”

Research Infosource Inc. compares colleges that are engaged in applied research projects by research income from industry and government sources. In its 2014-15 fiscal year, Cambrian secured more than $1.5 million in research income, ranking 44th in this category nationally. Cambrian ranked second among mid-sized colleges in Ontario for the number of research partnerships, and seventh in Canada, thanks to its 39 partners.

Research activity at Cambrian takes place within Cambrian Innovates, the applied research arm of the College, and the Northern Ontario Assessment and Resource Centre (NOARC), a consortium formed by the region’s 11 colleges and universities.

Since 2009, Cambrian Innovates has completed more than 100 successful projects. Many of those have assisted partners in the mining supply and services sector, specifically in process improvements and prototype development, building materials science and testing, and mine ventilation. The College’s applied research division also works with partners in other sectors, including health, marketing and design, and computer and web programming.

Also located at Cambrian’s Barrydowne campus, NOARC’s research focuses on how to best support academic success for individuals with learning disabilities and associated disorders. Projects conducted to date have focused on gathering normative data, developing new measurement tools, understanding the factors that contribute to academic transitions, investigating the efficacy of assistive technology, and surveying the needs of postsecondary students and staff. NOARC is also building a track record of article publication in both Canadian and international peer-reviewed journals. More information about NOARC’s current and past research is available online at

About Cambrian Innovates:

Cambrian Innovates uses the expertise of Cambrian College’s talented professors to solve problems presented by industry partners. Whether it’s a prototype of a new widget, development of new software, or the creation of a new look and feel for a product or business, Cambrian Innovates provides its partners with market-ready solutions. Located in the College’s Glencore Centre for Innovation, partners have access to more than 350 highly-skilled staff and faculty, as well as students from more than 80 programs. For more information, visit

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Media contacts:

Emile Malvaso
Chair, Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Enterprise
705-566-8101, ext. 7887

Lynn Bulloch
Communications Officer
705-566-8101, ext. 6375

Cambrian and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Sign MOU

Posted on Thursday November 3, 2016

Cambrian College and the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, as represented by Chief Edward Steve Miller and Council, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve as a framework for strengthening their …

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