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College recognized with global award in Applied Research

October 12, 2018

Red River College (RRC) has once again been recognized as a global leader in applied research and innovation at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards of Excellence in Melbourne, Australia held on October 9. RRC was awarded silver in the Applied Research and Innovation category for contributions led by Research Partnerships & Innovation (RPI), which was formally established in 2004.

“We’re honoured to receive this award from WFCP. It’s a wonderful celebration of the outstanding work our staff and students do every day,” said RRC President & CEO Paul Vogt. “As RPI enters its 15thyear of operation, this award is a great way to both recognize the achievements we’ve made and to motivate us to continue reaching for greatness.”

The WFCP Awards of Excellence honour higher standards in applied education institutions. WFCP last honoured RRC in 2014 with a bronze award at a ceremony in Beijing, China.

“This award is another significant achievement for Applied Research at Red River College,” said Ray Hoemsen, director of Research Partnerships & Innovation at RRC. “For nearly 15 years we’ve been dedicated to working with partners to meet the needs of our community and to support community-based economic development. Receiving global recognition for these partnerships speaks to the outstanding quality of the research initiatives that happen at the College.”

Two other Canadian institutions were honoured in the same category – Niagara College was awarded the gold, while Mohawk College took the bronze.

RRC concentrates on four major areas of Applied Research: Advanced Design & Manufacturing, Clean Technology, Digital Technology, and Health, Nutrition & Social Sciences. This award recognizes RRC students, faculty, and staff for several notable projects, including the development of an all-electric transit bus now being sold across North America, delivery of the Science of Early Child Development, and the engagement of International Business students from more than 30 countries to produce Business and Market Intelligence reports for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The College continues to expand to support market needs in applied research. A new Culinary Research Centre that will empower researchers, faculty and students to collaborate with industry to create new products is currently under construction, while a vehicle test facility called the MotiveLab – that features a climatic chamber that reaches temperature highs of +50 C or lows of –40 C, no matter the outdoor temperature – is set to open at the Notre Dame Campus later this year.

Lunch & Learn: RPI hosts IDeAS program representatives

September 6, 2018

Research Partnerships & Innovation (RPI) in collaboration with the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) is pleased to host IDEaS program representatives at Red River College, Notre Dame Campus to bring awareness of the program to individuals, companies of all sizes, and academia. Learn more about the IDEaS, understand how to access program funds, and find out which of the many program elements might interest you the most. They will also get the chance to ask specific questions to program management, hear about new and upcoming IDEaS challenges, and ask questions about the various application processes.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Lunch & Learn
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Date: Thursday, September 20
Location: Prairie Lights Dining Room, Notre Dame Campus

Seating is limited so please register early. Deadline to register is by September 17, 2018.

Light lunch will be provided.

For more information, please email rpi@rrc.ca.

About the event:
Are you an innovator? Regardless if you are working from your home, an academic in a university lab, or a scientist in a small or major corporation, the Department of National Defence (DND) Innovation for Defence, Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is looking for your solutions to help resolve defence and security challenges.

On April 9th, 2018, the Government of Canada launched the IDEaS Program. Through IDEaS, DND will invest $1.6 billion into the external innovation community over the next 20 years, accessing innovation from the most creative minds external to DND. The program will include competitions, contests, networks and mechanisms to engage with DND and show and test proposed solutions. As the program moves forward, new challenges and opportunities for working with DND will be announced.

Cooking up a bright future for Culinary Research and Innovation

July 27, 2018

Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships and Innovation, Red River College (RRC), Ian Seymour, Board Director, CFI, Paul Vogt, President and CEO, Red River College, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, Sue Leclair, President and CEO of The Pretzel Place and RRC alumni, Doug Eyolfson, Member of Parliament for CharleswoodÑSt. JamesÑAssiniboiaÑHeadingly, and Rick Tofani, Director, Applied Research and Innovation Services, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology are photographed after an announcement of a total federal investment of $10,678,322 in research infrastructure funding for recipients awarded in the latest round of the Canada Foundation for InnovationÕs (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) competition at Red River College in Winnipeg, Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The funding will support 11 projects at 11 different colleges/polytechnics across Canada. Canadian Press Images/John Woods

On Wednesday, Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan stopped by Jane’s restaurant to announce a total federal investment of over $10 million in research infrastructure funding for recipients awarded in the latest round of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) competition.

Red River College was one of eleven successful colleges and polytechnics across Canada, and now thanks to the CFI’s investment of more than $1 million, construction is underway to build the College’s first-ever multi-functional culinary research centre. Read More →

Adding to the pulse of Culinary Research and Innovation: introducing Heather Hill

July 18, 2018

Bringing more than 10 years of experience in the agri-food industry, Heather Hill has joined Red River College’s Culinary Research and Innovation team for a six-month term as a Research Manager.

Peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas – collectively termed pulses, are what Heather brings to the table in terms of expertise in food development research. She has worked in partnership with agri-food companies and organizations from Beijing, Switzerland, Morocco, Minneapolis, Steinbach and Portage la Prairie – from large multi-national corporations, to farmers looking to add more value to their crops, and everything in between.

With a Master’s of Science degree in food science, and a background in value-added ingredient development, Heather brings a bold new perspective to the team. She loves being presented with a challenge and providing practical solutions to overcome an issue. In her new role here in Culinary Research and Innovation, Heather will be providing a science-based approach to help with the applied research activities of the department. Read More →

New Research Guide will help foster successful business and post-secondary partnerships

June 29, 2018

This week, the Business/Higher-Education Roundtable (BHER) released a research partnership guide, aimed to help more companies and firms navigate new partnership opportunities working with Canadian polytechnics, colleges and universities.

This guide is designed to help pave more pathways to successful partnerships and working relationships between firms and post-secondary institutions across Canada, and contains comprehensive and practical information for users on:

  • Advice on approaching institutions about an agreement;
  • Lists of common terms, including the various types of College partnerships;
  • Mock project lifecycles;
  • Case studies of successful partnerships; and
  • Frequently asked questions and answers.  ‎

Red River College’s Executive Director of Research Partnerships and Innovations, Ray Hoemsen, contributed to the development of the guide and provided further insight to the work that we are doing here at the College. Read More →

RRC students win national award for innovative concepts to advance the e-vehicle industry

May 8, 2018

Imagine a world where your vehicle drives itself, connects to the Internet, and charges just like your phone.

That’s how Joel Turner, a student in Red River College’s Electronic Engineering Technologyprogram, describes the concept that won his group first place in the 2018 Electric Mobility Canada Kia Student Competition.

This is the first time an RRC team has won the competition, and the second time the College has entered.

“The benefits to our team’s solution are countless. The best of them are reduced air pollution, reduced vehicle maintenance cost, and better learning by having available data,” says Turner, who worked on the project with teammates from RRC’s Electronics Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Business Administration programs. Read More →

Lunch & Learn: Starting Out & Scaling Up with Federal Support

April 18, 2018

Register now and join industry, business, and applied research leaders for this Lunch & Learn to explore how federal support can bring your work to the next level.
Get a practical snapshot of the spectrum of federal programming available from exploratory applied research, to pre-commercialization, and support for late-stage procurement and testing.
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