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Sudbury college launches applied research centre

Research & Innovation Boréal will support business, community innovation
Collège Boréal in Sudbury has launched Research & Innovation Boréal, a new applied research centre that will work with businesses and community organizations to solve real-world problems. (File photo)

Collège Boréal has launched a new applied research centre, whose mandate is to support innovation projects for local businesses and community organizations.

Research & Innovation Boréal was announced on March 9 at the French-language college’s Sudbury campus.

“Collège Boréal has defined its mission over the next five years as strengthening its leadership to foster durable growth and development in the communities it serves and I am confident that Research & Innovation Boréal will be fully involved in this mission,” college president Daniel Giroux said in a news release.

“By driving innovation forward, this new hub will help to include applied research in the business culture of our companies and community organizations.”

The school said it would align itself with projects that draw from the expertise of its faculty and students.

Examples of current projects include those in agriculture, agri-food technologies, biodiversity protection, and health.

Others concentrate on “wider societal issues,” such as immigration, the Francophone community, Indigenous communities or early childhood education.

Borealis Fresh Farms – a Timmins-based container farm growing greens indoors – is a client.

Boréal said its research themes would continue to evolve in accordance with the current and emerging real-world challenges presented by its clients.