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Research Partnerships & Innovation

Manitoba and the factory of the future

March 6, 2018

Red River College’s Kevin Dickson in one of the college facilities. Photo: Winnipeg Free Press.

Red River College was featured in the latest issue of Prairie Manufacturer Magazine. The article highlighted how Manitoba is leading the charge in the evolution of advanced manufacturing, and that the College is playing a central role.
The College supports manufacturers with highly customized training programs and applied research initiatives among other projects, the article notes.​
“Over the last 14 to 17 years, we have invested a lot in equipment and capabilities to serve aerospace and manufacturing,” says Oyedele Ola of the Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing. “[The National Research Council] is familiar with that now, because they have visited some of our sites, so they know what we have. They see the opportunity to leverage what we already have and build on those capabilities as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Program.”
Ray Hoemsen, the college’s Executive Director of Research Partnerships and Innovation, points specifically to the heavy vehicle and aerospace sectors in the region as areas of focus.
“In the past three years, there have been various discussions with NRC on the aerospace and heavy vehicles side. They don’t want to duplicate any capability regionally or within NRC’s own infrastructure. It will be complementary,” he explains. “My vision would be that, once [their facility] is operational, we would have some space there to conduct applied research, training, and to support NRC’s initiatives.”
Read the full article HERE.