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Design contest open for entries

May 8, 2017

It’s your time to shine! Submit your best new product designs in up to seven categories for a chance to win $20,000, other great prizes, and global recognition. There’s no cost to enter.
The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation.
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Register Now: Using Mobile Technologies to Improve Service Response Times & Reduce Costs

February 27, 2017

Register now for this March 17 event to learn about award-winning technologies for mobile video collaboration by Winnipeg’s Librestream Technologies. Its Onsight Collaboration Mobile Platform allows companies to bring their experts to field situations virtually, from anywhere, at any time.
The results are:

  • Dramatically improved response times
  • Significantly increased equipment uptimes
  • Compelling cost savings and productivity improvements for manufacturers’ service organizations

Organizers of this session will also announce details of a six-month demonstration installation of the technology at Red River College’s MotiveLab, which companies can access to see the technology at work.
This session is geared towards service organization managers, engineers and technicians, as well as executives and technology integrators.

Event & Registration Details

  • Friday, March 17, 2017 (8:00 am – 10:00 am)
  • Prairie Lights Meeting Room, Red River College – 2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
  • Breakfast will be provided.
  • There is no cost for this session, but registration is required.
  • Deadline for registration is March 13, 2017. 
    Register via email or telephone:
    Email: Tel:  204-945-8467


Marieke Wijtkamp is the VP of Marketing and Client Services at Librestream, with 15 years of senior leadership experience. Marieke has held prior positions in strategic planning and corporate leadership in several technology companies. Prior to Librestream, she was the President & COO of OMT, serving global radio broadcasters and retail chains. Before that, Marieke was VP, Strategic Planning at Norsat International Inc., a global satellite technology company.
Dave Baxter is the Director of Sales for Midwest at Librestream, with over 20 years’ experience in sales, sales leadership, and strategic customer initiatives. Dave has a proven track record of success in a variety of verticals including the aerospace, manufacturing, and automotive industries.

About the Technology

For manufacturers of high-value equipment for transportation, aerospace, agriculture, mining and other  industries, the quality of after-sale support is a key differentiator and critical to a company’s competitiveness.
Customers’ demand for increased asset uptime and for rapid response times to service mission-critical equipment are fundamental challenges faced by teams providing in-field service.
This is made all-the-more challenging with increasing product complexity, an aging workforce and a requirement to manage or reduce costs.
Best-in-class companies are facing these challenges with technologies that leverage the “Internet of Things” to offer efficient tools for mobile video collaboration, bringing experts into the field virtually to rapidly and efficiently respond to customers’ service needs.
Presented by Vehicle Technology Centre & Red River College.

Now accepting student project submissions for Applied Research & Innovation Day. Deadline March 3

February 12, 2017

Organizers of the Red River College inaugural Applied Research & Innovation Day on April 6 are now accepting student project submissions, giving students an opportunity to share their work, network with industry participants and win cash prizes!
The student registration deadline is March 3, 2017.
Student Registration and Submission Details Here.
Why should students participate?

  • Showcase your capabilities to industry and community stakeholders
  • Exposure to potential employers and partners
  • Over $3,000 in cash prizes for top projects
  • Any project in which a student was meaningfully involved can qualify (accepting projects by current students or graduates from 2015 onward)
  • Top projects selected by panel and some will have opportunity to present at our industry luncheon

CONTACT: If you have any follow up questions, please contact Brent Wennekes at bwennekes@RRC.CA.

EVENT: Leveraging CAD Data in Manufacturing

February 17, 2016

In today’s manufacturing organization, 3D Computer-Aided Design has become the basis of all stages of product development: from initial design, to creating assembly instructions, to programming the machines that will be used to create the physical product, and more. Effective sharing of CAD data throughout the manufacturing organization is essential to producing high-quality products on time and on budget.
Join us on March 16, as industry veteran, Steve Thompson, of Applied Engineering Inc., shares his experience and perspectives on leveraging CAD data in throughout the manufacturing organization. This session is geared towards designers, engineers, product developers, production and operations managers, executives and technology integrators.
Topics will include:

  • Engineering BOM to Manufacturing BOM
  • CAD data for manufacturing processes
  • CAD data for manufacturing fixtures – weld/assembly
  • CAD data for manufacturing equipment kit carts – lifting devices
  • Digitization of the manufacturing floor – designing & analyzing the production line before the physical creation
  • Communication of engineering data to MRP or ERP systems

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Location: Prairie Lights Meeting Room, Red River College – 2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
Cost: There is no cost for this session, but registration is required. Deadline for registration is March 2, 2016.
Lunch will be provided.
Steve Thompson has a diverse background in product development and manufacturing, with over twenty years of engineering experience in design, manufacturing, and testing across multiple industries, including construction, agriculture, off-highway, office equipment and packaging. Steve is the Professional Services Director for Fargo-based Applied Engineering Inc., a firm that provides engineering and IT programming expertise to clients in a wide spectrum of manufacturing industries. Applied Engineering has more than 70 engineers and 15 programmers that consult to regional organizations, supporting their product development and manufacturing activities. During his 16 years at Applied Engineering, Steve has worked with many clients at various levels of technological sophistication — from manual operations to “lights-out” 24/7 manufacturing. These experiences have forged his vision for optimizing the use of data and technology into all available areas of an organization.

Calling all researchers! You're invited to IndustryCONNECTS

January 29, 2013

INNOVATE MANITOBA, in collaboration with University of Manitoba, Red River College and University of Winnipeg, presents IndustryCONNECTS, a three-part program specifically designed to assist researchers in making successful connections with industry.

Part Event Date
Part 1 Researcher Pitch Coaching: Enrich your Pitch! February 13th
Part 2 Researcher Pitch Practice February 20th
Part 3 Industry/Researcher Matchmaking & Funding March 20th

Part 1: Researcher Pitch Coaching: Enrich your Pitch!

Academic researchers are invited to join Innovate Manitoba and our expert investor pitch coach, Linda Plano with Plano and Simple to learn and practice the art and science of the research sales pitch.

Register Now!

Note: Those who participate in this event will automatically be eligible to take part in Part 2: Researcher Pitch Practice.
Part 2: Researcher Pitch Practice
Part 2 of our Industry CONNECTS program offers those researchers who participated in Researcher Pitch Coaching: Enrich your Pitch! a unique opportunity to practice their newly developed research pitches to a live panel of business experts and investors.

Register Now!

Note: Those who register for Part 2: Researcher Pitch Practice only (and do not participate in Part 1: Research Pitch Coaching), will be subject to approval by Innovate Manitoba on an individual basis.
Part 3: Industry/Researcher Matchmaking & Funding
Connecting the dots…Those who attend Researcher Pitch Coaching: Enrich your Pitch! and Researcher Pitch Practice will be automatically approved to participate in Innovate Manitoba’s Matchmaking and Funding Day.
Imagine an event where academic researchers and firms seeking research assistance can develop research partnerships and learn about and initiate applications for federal funding at the same time…
Imagine no more! Matchmaking and Funding Application Day aims to do just that with the support of knowledgeable administrators with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Register Now!

Download Brochure for More Information
Questions or Concerns?
Please Contact:
Brent Wennekes
Research & Programs Manager | Innovate Manitoba

Sept. 26th ROBOTIC AUTOMATION SEMINAR: Productivity and your bottom line

September 10, 2012

As the founder and owner of Norjen Technologies, John Kaye has extensive experience specifying and designing computer and embedded electronics for the interfacing between robots and shop floor machines. He has BSc. and Masters Degrees in electrical engineering, and a PhD in industrial engineering. He has worked with Acres Consulting on the Nelson River Power Dam Projects and Wardrop Engineering as project engineer on a $1.5-million solar monitoring program across Canada.
Norjen has worked primarily on automation projects solving many design issues on the interfacing of robotic welders, water cutting robots and pick’n’place robots onto the manufacturing shop floor.
John also served as the Engineer-in-Residence in electrical and computer engineering with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

Join Red River College and John Kaye, CEO of Norjen Technologies for an insightful discussion on the potential benefits of implementing robotic technologies.
Introducing digital technologies, such as robotic automation, on the shop floor can be an excellent strategy for many manufacturers. From the precise trimming of fiberglass products to the polishing or painting of parts, John will discuss how a robotic cell can provide a needed boost in production, while reducing input costs and maintaining consistent quality standards. He will also discuss the necessary cost factors to consider when looking at implementation, such as the various types of end-of-arm tooling and fixturing that might be required.
Through the presentation of many real examples from other companies, attendees will leave this seminar with an understanding of trends and potential productivity benefits of robotic automation, and an idea of what it takes to design and integrate a successful robotic project.
Seating is limited to 35 – register now to reserve your seat!
Thanks to support from NRC-IRAP’s Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP), this presentation will be provided at no cost to those who register. A light lunch will also be provided.

Building Information Modelling Workshop

April 11, 2011

Insights into the future of building design, construction and management

BIM is revolutionizing the way project stakeholders use digital data created by different participants throughout a building’s life-cycle. This new process is quickly becoming recognized for the value it brings to any project.

Register now to learn and discuss the merits, challenges, and needs of Building Information Modeling (BIM) at this informative and interactive BIM Workshop hosted Red River College, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the National Research Council of Canada’s Institute for Research in Construction on May 5, 2011.
Network with Canadian knowledge leaders and users of BIM who will be presenting on hot-button BIM issues.  Participate, ask questions, and voice your views in an open town-hall session that follows the expert presentations. See the Programme Schedule for more details.
This one-day workshop will benefit professionals in the construction industry who are considering BIM implementation, as well those who are already using BIM and would like to expand their knowledge to bring even more value to their projects, partners, and clients.
This event is Officially Supported by the Canadian Construction Association, the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba, Architectural and Building Technologists Association of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Construction Association, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Manitoba.

Who should attend?
  • Architects, Engineers and other Design Professionals
  • Builders and Contractors
  • Building Code Officials
  • Building Product Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Developers
  • Educators and Students
  • Facility managers
Topics to be covered:
  • The history of computer-assisted technology in construction
  • A brief look at the ROI of BIM
  • BIM and the three Cs
  • The five Ws of BIM
  • Building Intelligence Organizational Systems
  • BIM Interoperability
  • More…

Date: May 5, 2011
Location: Greenwood Inn, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $95.00*
* Includes lunch, refreshments, and snacks
To Register: Visit our Event Website and download the Registration Form.
For more information, please contact:
Brent Wennekes, Technology Transfer & Communications Officer
Applied Research & Commercialization, Red River College
Phone: 204.631.3323
About BIM
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing digital data about a facility data during its life-cycle. The process produces the Building Information Model (also abbreviated as BIM) which covers three-dimensional geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information and component properties for the design, construction and operation of a building. BIM serves as a sharable repository where information is linked and over time encompasses everything about the facility.
Building Information Models are created primarily by architects and engineers for design and analysis. But why stop there? BIM can be a source of key information for many activities during the life-cycle of the facility. Updating the model with commissioned data, and linking it with operation and maintenance information, can help with the facility management process, optimize energy performance, support emergency preparedness and much more.
BIM is not just one model, technology or standard. It is about the collection and digital embodiment of data throughout the entire life-cycle of a facility with emphasis on integration and interoperability of the data and its usage.

Biofuels in Canada on Wednesday, March 9th with Dr. Rex Newkirk.

March 9, 2011

Red River College invites you to come and discover biofuels in Canada on Wednesday, March 9th with Dr. Rex Newkirk.
Dr. Newkirk, from the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI), will lecture on:

  • experiences with biodiesel production and training
  • insights as to where the biodiesel industry is going in Canada
  • provide an entertaining overview of CIGI’s activities and facilities
  • Following the seminar, participants are invited to tour the “Flower Power” trailer, CIGI’s portable biodiesel plant/training facility.

Dr. Newkirk was raised on a ranch in South Western Saskatchewan. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan in 2002 where he had been a professional research associate in the department of Animal and Poultry Science. In 2003 Dr. Newkirk joined CIGI as the Director of Feed. By 2007 he became Director of Biofuels and Feed where he lead an initiative to provide technical support to the emerging biodiesel industry.
Rex was named Director of Research and Business Development in 2010 and has enhanced CIGI’s involvement in research that creates opportunities for Canada’s field crops. He has been actively involved in the development of a portable biodiesel facility that has been used to train approximately 1800 people in locations across Canada.
Dr. Newkirk has provided technical support and training across the globe and is internationally regarded as an expert in the area of animal nutrition and biodiesel production.
This is a complimentary seminar that will be held in building A, room 137 on the Red River College Notre Dame Ave. Campus at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011.
Free parking and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
**If you have any food allergies, please advise upon registration.**
Please register by contacting:
Lyndsay Ross
Phone: 204-632-2597
Fax: 204.633.3079

Building Information Modelling Session

March 1, 2011

Join us on Friday, March 4th to hear Dr. Shokry Rashwon lecture on the emerging practice of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
BIM refers to the process of digitally generating and managing data during design, construction and operation of buildings. Many owners, architects and construction firms have realized the added product value and potential for growth that comes with use of this technology.
This seminar will review:
BIM terminologies and its evolution from Computer-Aided Design/electronic drafting
BIM tools, applications and technologies currently being used in the construction industry

  • The advantages and challenges of adopting BIM
  • The roles of industry stakeholders
  • Elements needed for successful application, such as standards, interoperability and integrated project delivery

Dr. Shokry Rashwan attained his BSc in Civil Engineering from Ciro University (Egypt) in 1977. He served in the navy for two years and worked as a site Engineer before coming to Manitoba in 1980. He then studied at the University of Manitoba and received his MEng and PhD in Civil Engineering in 1983 and 1988 respectively.
Dr. Rashwan has held numerous positions such as Civil Technology Instructor with RRC (Thompson, MB 1987), Director of Research with PMRI (Edmonton, AB 1989), and Project Engineer with Puratone Corp (Niverville, MB 2000). Currently, Dr. Rashwan works as Research Manager with NRC-IRC (London, ON). He has three patents and has authored over 30 publications.
This is a complimentary seminar that will be held in building A, room 137 on the Red River College Notre Dame Ave. Campus at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 4th, 2011.
Free parking and a complimentary lunch will be provided.
**If you have any food allergies, please advise upon registration.**
Please register by contacting:
Lyndsay Ross
Phone: 204-632-2597
Fax: 204.633.3079