Success Stories

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)

Students at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) in Merritt, B.C. now have access to new career training in areas such as, culinary arts, law enforcement, and environmental resource technology at the new Centre of Excellence in Sustainability.

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Ts̓zil Learning Centre

The new $8.8 million Ts̓zil Learning Centre replaces previous facilities which were made up of individual modular units, where it was housed for 20 years. The 22,000 square foot facility is a private First Nations post-secondary institution funded in British Columbia through ISED's Post- Secondary Strategic Investment Fund (PSI-SIF).

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University of British Columbia Okanagan – The Commons

Students at University of British Columbia's (UBC) Okanagan campus will be wellprepared for a high-tech world studying in The Commons, a new multipurpose facility outfittedwith modern rooms, technology labs and collaborative study areas.

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University of Northern British Columbia – Wood Innovation Research Laboratory

The Wood Innovation Research Laboratory (WIRL) at the University of Northern British Columbia is a state-of-the -art research facility in downtown Prince George. The newly constructed facility increases wood innovation and research activities, as well as provides testing space necessary for commercialization.

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Vancouver Island University builds new facilities and a district geo-exchange energy system

Vancouver Island students can now access new and upgraded facilities that will equip them for careers in the health, science and trades sectors.

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Creation of a stimulating living space to foster creativity at the Cégep de Drummondville

To encourage the sharing of ideas, the Cégep de Drummondville has developed the Espace recherche et innovation, a research and learning centre integral to studies.

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CHU Sainte-Justine’s Technopôle en réadaptation pédiatrique – Reinventing pediatric rehabilitation in a collaborative context

The Technopôle en réadaptation pédiatrique [pediatric rehabilitation technology hub] at the CHU Sainte-Justine's children's hospital was created out of a desire to provide a space for co-creation and open innovation among researchers, clinicians, young patients and their families in order to advance knowledge in pediatric rehabilitation.

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Creation of a co-innovation HUB at Cégep de Sorel-Tracy: a unifying concept to promote entrepreneurship!

Cégep de Sorel-Tracy, a high-tech college which has been offering pre-university and technical programs for over 50 years, recently set up a state-of-the-art computer hub with a multifunctional configuration.

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A new ultra-modern laboratory for optimal training at Collège André-Grasset

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Founded in 1927, Collège André-Grasset is a private college that welcomes nearly 1,000 students each year, the majority of whom are enrolled in science programs. The Collège also offers several enriched programs in natural science, human science and science.

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A new area dedicated to personalized parent-child neuromedicine at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec

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The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (formerly the Centre hospitalier Robert‑Giffard) is a psychiatric hospital in Quebec City that provides specialized services to adults living with mental health disorders.

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Animal health is a top priority thanks to the expansion of the Cégep de Saint-Félicien

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Originally designed to meet the needs of the animal health specialization stream of the Natural Environment Techniques program, the Cégep de Saint-Félicien animal health pavilion, built in 1996, included an 18-seat multipurpose laboratory, accommodation spaces for the various animal species and premises housing examination equipment.

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Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Engineering Complex Phase 3 Renewal at the Schulich School of Engineering of the University of Calgary

This is the third and final phase of the multi-year expansion and upgrade of the Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) Engineering Complex, home to the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

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Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) Engineering Complex Phase 2B Renewal at the Schulich School of Engineering of the University of Calgary

The Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex houses the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. As part of a multi-year, multi-phase project, Phase 2B Renewal reconfigured and upgraded 11,000 square metres of aged engineering space that support innovative engineering research and learning in geomatics, civil engineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, and mechanical engineering, graduate student workspaces and research support spaces.

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Dalhousie University - The IDEA Project

The IDEA Project at Dalhousie University is a $64 million campus expansion that provides students, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders in Nova Scotia with more opportunities to collaborate, innovate and commercialize technologies in key economic sectors.

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Georgian College – Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre

The Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre is a $30-million, 56,000-square-foot academic and research space facility that brings together industry, faculty and students who innovate and collaborate to turn ideas into viable products and help grow the economy.

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Green Energy Master Plan at Red Deer College

Red Deer College (RDC) has become a leader in alternative energy research, education and production, providing opportunities for students and industry partners, while also promoting environmental stewardship through the application of sustainable and energy efficient technologies to reduce energy consumption.

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Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Opened in June 2018, the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre, an equal partnership between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is located on the shores of Candle Lake.

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High Density Library Expansion at the University of Calgary

The High Density Library (HDL) at the University of Calgary’s Spy Hill campus is a LEED Gold registered project with the Canadian Green Building Council. This major addition is a purpose built environmentally controlled storage facility that holds books, journals, archival files, photographs, audio-visual media and museum art and artifacts.

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Signal Hill Campus Expansion at Memorial University

The Memorial University campus expansion at Signal Hill began in March of 2013, with the purchase of the former Battery Hotel. The project was aimed at creating a provincial innovation and public engagement hub that would showcase private sector-university collaborations through services such as Genesis, a start-up accelerator.

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Recommissioning of Mechanical Systems at Mount Royal University

With all mechanical equipment in Mount Royal University’s (MRU) main campus building functioning since it was originally installed in the 1970s, the intent was to bring this aging infrastructure into the modern, efficient, ‘smart’ building technology of today.

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Red Deer College’s Alternative Energy Lab

The Red Deer College (RDC) opened its new Alternative Energy Lab, a 5,274-square-foot teaching, learning and research facility that will used by more than 1,000 students each year. The Alternative Energy Lab is an important component of RDC’s larger Alternative Energy Initiative, which promotes environmental stewardship through the application of sustainable and energy efficient technologies.

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Research Field Stations Upgrades

The Biogeoscience Institute’s RB Miller and Barrier Lake field research stations have been a cornerstone of the University of Calgary’s mountain and foothills ecology, wildlife and environmental research for more than 65 years.

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Research and Innovation Infrastructure Renewal at the University of Calgary

The Research and Innovation Infrastructure Renewal (RIIR) project improved University of Calgary research spaces and the supporting building systems to inspire multidisciplinary innovation and inquiry across several faculties and core research spaces in such areas as Arts, Education, Medicine, Nursing, Science, Architecture, Veterinary Medicine and Engineering.

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Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Project for the Aurora Research Institute in Inuvik NWT

The purchase and installation of 25 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels on the Aurora Research Institute’s (ARI) Western Arctic Research Centre (WARC) is part of a larger research initiative by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to assess the feasibility of using solar energy in communities across the Northwest Territories to meet the power demands of NWT communities.

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Science A Redevelopment Phase 2 Early Work at the University of Calgary

As one of the University of Calgary’s original buildings, the redevelopment of Science A through PSI-SIF funding laid the groundwork for major development and planned expansion of this facility.

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Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University

The Trico Changemakers Studio (formerly Social Innovation Hub) is a shared working and learning space where community organizations, social purpose businesses/organizations and students collaborate and innovate to address social and/or environmental challenges.

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University of Prince Edward Island - Student Experience Hub (eHUB)

In the fall of 2018, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) revealed the result of a major project: the restructuring and repurposing of a century-old campus building. The extensive renovations to Dalton Hall, made possible with the support of the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institution Strategic Investment Fund and the province of Prince Edward Island, brought the beautiful heritage building, first opened in 1917, into the 21st century by making it accessible to all and energy efficient.

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Utility Reduction Program - Phase 1 at the University of Calgary

Phase 1 of the University of Calgary’s Utility Reduction Program (URP) improved the environmental sustainability of research and innovation-related infrastructure in 22 facilities across campus. These lighting, mechanical and retro-commissioning upgrades support research on campus by ensuring optimal environmental conditions for housing sensitive research instruments and extending the lifespan, overall efficiency and reduce the deferred maintenance of infrastructure dedicated to research and innovation.

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Veterinary Medicine Clinical Skills Building Expansion at the University of Calgary

As the initial phase of a comprehensive plan to expand and improve the highly successful and innovative veterinary research and teaching activities of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the expansion of the Veterinary Medicine Clinical Skills Building increased space for research, clinical simulation, professional skills development and collaboration among students, clinicians, industry, and researchers.

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A Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue major project strengthens partnerships with Indigenous Peoples

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In honour of the long and successful collaboration between the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and the province’s Indigenous communities, the Val‑d’Or campus was named the First Peoples Pavilion. It houses all campus students, professors and university faculty, encouraging inclusion, respect and sharing of cultures.

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