This year began on a high note for many Canadian colleges as multiple institutions were recognized for their innovation in research on Research Infosource Inc.’s list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges for 2022.
The list recognizes colleges that have fulfilled extraordinary achievements in both research income and research published in scientific journals throughout the 2020-2021 year.
Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) was particularly excited to see 10 of its coalition members featured on the list, include British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Southern Alberta Institution of Technology (SAIT), Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech), Mohawk College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Sask. Polytech), Cégep Rimouski, Holland College, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Algonquin College.
Our coalition members produce exceptional research in various sectors which earned them their rankings. For instance:
- Researchers at Mohawk College partnered with Mavryck Inc. to produce Vivclima, an AI technology that helps construction companies calculate their carbon footprint.
- At SAIT, a team of researchers partnered with Impossible Sensing Energy on a green-tech solution for extracting cleaner oil and gas.
- An applied research team at Sask Polytech examined spawning cycles and generating demographic data of Lake Sturgeon in the North Saskatchewan River without using invasive sampling procedures to influence fish species management and better approach habitat conservation.
These examples are just a few of the many research projects our members are conducting that prepare Canada for a green future. C2R2 has seen the impact of the work of these institutions in the environmental sector, and is excited to help magnify their efforts.
While having this research out there helps us understand best practices in shifting to a clean economy, it is critical that we work together to implement the findings of this research on a micro-level to support the transition away from carbon-intensive practices.
“With its connections to institutions across the country, C2R2 is uniquely positioned to make the complex knowledge of these institutions accessible and applicable to Canadian workers at a local level, preparing the Canadian economy for the transition to net zero,” states Paul Armstrong, C2R2 Steering Group Chair & Mohawk College Chief Operating Officer.
With funding from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program, C2R2 is making this a reality with Quick Train Canada—a program that offers microcredentials to Canadian workers who are looking to upgrade their skills as industries shift to more sustainable practices. To learn more about how we are working with these institutions to strengthen our workforce in the face of a rapidly changing economic landscape, visit quicktraincanada.ca.