12 October 2012

Celebrating National Science and Technology Week

Today marks the start of National Science & Technology Week, which runs from 12-21 October. There is much to be proud about Canada's science and technology capacity. As detailed in the Council of Canadian Academies The State of Science and Technology in Canada, 2012 report, Canada's S&T is healthy in outcomes and impact, and growing.

It is timely that the Federal Conservative Postsecondary Education Caucus will meet at George Brown College today to see and learn about college applied research and how it relates to education. The federal government investments in polytechnic and college applied research are enabling George Brown College to play a vital role in our region’s capacity for innovation.

The GBC Research Labs for health and health promotion, the Food Innovation Research Studio, and the Green Homes and the Green Building Center have all received funding from the College and Community Innovation Program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and FEDDEV Ontario. This is in addition to matching funding from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, which supports the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII).

The CCIP suite of funding programs has, since 2007, led to a sea change in how colleges and polytechnics across Canada can contribute to innovation, productivity and prosperity. By linking applied research with our industry and community partners with our approach to applied education, we help promote business innovation while ensuring that the next generation is ready and able to play an active role in the innovation economy.

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