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Case Studies


  • Lighting that is Easier on the Eyes and the Environment

    Research partnership creates cleaner and more cost-effective LEDs

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  • Tiny Particles with Big Potential

    Materium Innovations is a Quebec-based company specializing in additives.

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  • Growing Together

    When Edmonton-based plastic parts producer Drader Manufacturing Industries Ltd. wanted to increase operational efficiently...

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  • Cutting It Right the First Time: Manufacturers Gain Competitive Edge with New Virtual Cutting System

    In manufacturing, even the slightest error in cutting, or "machining," a part can cost thousands of dollars in materials and lost production time.

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  • Helping Manufacturers CHARM Their Way into New Business

    The Collaborative, Human-focussed, Assistive Robotics for Manufacturing (CHARM) is led by University of British Columbia mechanical engineering professor Elizabeth Croft.

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  • Tech Centre Helps Small Business Develop Big Products

    Before the Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre (BTSC) in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, companies from Atlantic Canada had to travel to Montréal or the United States if they wanted to test new products and processes on a commercial scale.

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  • New Production Process Makes Vehicles Lighter and Stronger

    More stringent fuel economy and emissions standards are driving automotive suppliers to build parts that are thinner, lighter, stronger, and—if they want to stay competitive—at the lowest price possible.

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  • Building a Better Snack

    Researchers at George Brown College, with funding from an NSERC Innovation Enhancement Grant, are helping nutritionist MaryAnn Scandiffio, President of Square Snacks Inc., combine recipes with a concept to build a business. Scandiffio recruited George Brown College to scale-up recipes on an industrial scale, streamline production procedures and manufacturing processes, for her nutritional energy bars. "We had been basically doing R&D in the kitchen with a mixer and a rolling pin," she says.

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  • Bulldozing the Way

    Virtual soil improves heavy machinery simulator training

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Information and Communications Technologies

  • The Best Route Forward

    Med Express Inc.—a courier company in Québec—partnered with the Interuniversity Centre for Research on Business Networks, Logistics, and Transportation (CIRRELT) at Université Laval...

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  • Wireless Sensors Protect Heritage Buildings

    Monitoring the structural health of buildings is essential to preserving our iconic and historic infrastructure. However, these buildings are difficult to monitor for moisture - and temperature-related degradation given strict guidelines regarding the preservation of exterior structures.

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  • Game On

    Seneca College partnership with Mozilla makes online gaming more interactive

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  • Next Generation E-Vehicles

    Consumer demand for electrified vehicles is growing every year, creating a rapidly expanding market for auto manufacturers. But there are still some bumps in the road.

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  • Canadian Battery Technology Could Make Electric Cars Profitable

    Electric and hybrid vehicles could be more common if only rechargeable batteries could be produced at a lower cost.

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Environmental Sciences and Technologies

  • Pizza Pizza Invests in a "Hot" Idea

    As the saying goes, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." What about capturing that heat to get a lower electricity bill?

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  • Waste Not, Want Not

    Dr. Donald Mavinic and his research team at the University of British Columbia have developed a technology that lets sewage treatment plants turn human waste into valuable commercial fertilizer while cutting their maintenance costs substantially in the process.

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Natural Resources and Energy

  • Making Offshore Oil Drilling Safer and Stronger

    Canada’s significant offshore oil and gas resources are a source of jobs, growth and energy vital to the economy.

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  • Raising Healthier Fish

    Because salmon account for more than 75 per cent of Canada’s $800 million aquaculture industry, improvements in salmon-farming methods can have huge benefits for both the Canadian seafood industry and consumers.

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  • Protecting Pilots Against Laser Attacks

    Ground-to-air laser attacks on aircraft are a dangerous and growing problem for pilots around the world.

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  • Advanced Robots Help Build Better Aircraft

    Making new components for aircraft can be expensive.

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  • Reducing the Risk of Catastrophic Engine Failures

    Even more surprising, no commercial sensors exist at present to monitor lubricant condition.

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Northern Research

  • Faster Clean-up for Contaminated Soil in the Arctic

    In Canada’s Arctic, natural-resource operations such as mining and gas extraction rely on diesel-powered machines to do most of the heavy lifting.

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Water-Related Research

  • Eyes on the Tides

    When Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL) was founded in 1981, it started a new Canadian industry.

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  • Fighting Flood Water

    Imagine using water to hold back a flood.

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Health and Related Life Sciences and Technologies

  • Food Innovation in Atlantic Canada

    The Charlottetown centre blends research and training in culinary expertise, advanced technology and food science with the specific goal of assisting local industries and companies meet their needs in taking products from concept to market.

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  • Giving Asthmatics More Breathing Room

    SAIT Polytechnic helps Alberta’s SolAeroMed find a compact delivery solution for its new asthma drug and save hundreds of millions in healthcare costs

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Oil Sands and Heavy Oil

  • Restoring Contaminated Sites

    His work focuses on how water moves through the soil and across the newly reclaimed landscape. This helps companies predict how contaminants beneath the reclaimed land could potentially leach into surrounding ponds, lakes and wetlands.

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  • Cleaning Up Without Digging Down

    Hydrocarbons such as petroleum and natural gas provide energy for the world and offer many benefits, but can be harmful if not properly contained.

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