Research Partnerships and Innovation

Research Partnerships & Innovation

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15 Years of Research Partnerships & Innovation In 2019, RRC Polytech celebrated 15 years of its applied research enterprise. In that time, the College has gone from the newcomer on the scene to one of the top 10 research colleges in Canada. This video highlights some of the groundbreaking work that RRC Polytech is doing in communities at home and around the world.

From the Archives

Throughout our more than 15 years of operation, RPI has created several detailed videos that tell the stories behind major applied research projects, facilities and research groups which are helping drive the Manitoba economy in innovative and sustainable ways.

Culinary Research & Innovation

CRI, now known as the Prairie Research Kitchen, has created or improved  new products, processes, and ingredient applications for more than 40 companies, thanks to the work of research chefs, food scientists, and culinary students. When the new research kitchen opened in 2019, even more opportunities for students, instructors and companies became available.

Applied Research & Innovation Day 2017

Since 2017, RPI has hosted Applied Research & Innovation Day, an annual celebration of student applied research projects. On April 6, 2017, industry leaders, students, instructors and researchers came together for the first Applied Research & Innovation Day to celebrate student applied research and research partnerships at RRC Polytech.

Synergy Award for Innovation

The research partnership between RRC Polytech and Manitoba Hydro that focuses on sustainable building infrastructure and transportation received Canada’s top honour from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) at a ceremony held at the Governor General of Canada’s residence in Ottawa on Feb. 16, 2016. NSERC’s Synergy Award for Innovation recognizes outstanding research and development partnerships between Canadian colleges and industry partners in the natural sciences and engineering. Only one Canadian college receives the award each year.

Zero Emissions Electric Transit Bus

This video shares information about North America’s first all-electric transit bus prototype and rapid charging system, which passed the the test of phase one: real-world in-transit testing and demonstration in the coldest winter that Manitoba has seen in over a century.  Learn more about the project and its international consortium of partners by checking out this video (produced with the support of NSERC).

Centre for Building Envelope Commissioning

The Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre (BETAC) previously operated in the Centre for Building Envelope Performance (CBEP) under the moniker the Sustainable Infrastructure Technologies Research Group (SITRG).

The Centre for Building Envelope Performance (CBEP) was established with the support of a $1.75-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This video shares the genesis of what led to the creation of this Centre and gives a glimpse as to what Manitoba’s construction sector can expect to see in the future.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Technologies Research Group (SITRG)

Prior to the establishment of BETAC, SITRG assisted local businesses in conducting applied research towards enhancing the performance of large commercial and institutional buildings, while engaging RRC Polytech faculty, staff, and students in the process.  Hear about it from a few of our partners in the video (produced with the support of NSERC):

Technology Access Centre for Aerospace & Manufacturing

This video highlights the technology, capabilities, focus areas, and resources offered by RRC Polytech to industry via the Technology Access Centre for Aerspace & Manufacturing.  Check out the video (created with the support of NSERC) to learn all about it:


JOE JUSTICE of Team WIKISPEED came to Winnipeg to lead 200 participants in the building of a car during the first workshop of its kind ever held in Canada: WINNISPEED. The 100+ mile-per-gallon prototype car that Team WIKISPEED created in just three months was built from scratch during the workshop. Here are two of the videos that were made as a result:

Building Smarts – i2eye with RRC Polytech & Manitoba Hydro

Ray Hoemsen, former Director of Research Partnerships & Innovation at RRC Polytech and Tom Akerstream from Manitoba Hydro discuss their private-public sector collaboration to construct the most energy efficient and sustainable office building in North America.


Fact Sheets

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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