Canada's innovation community has been at the forefront of research and discovery. Whether in natural sciences and engineering, life sciences and medicine, or social sciences and humanities, Canadian universities, hospitals, colleges and companies have been leaders in turning leading-edge research into benefits for our economy and society as a whole.

Research Infosource is proud to showcase and celebrate our partners' research and innovation successes from the past, present and moving forward impacting future generations.

McMaster is Canada's nuclear university. The facilities and expertise housed within McMaster's nuclear operations and facilities (NOF) and specifically the research reactor continue to play a leading role on our national research stage. We're one of only two producers of iodine-125, a radioisotope used to treat cancer, and we're saving the lives of more than 70,000 people per year. Our research crosses a range of disciplines - from biological and medical research to material composition and the production of medical isotopes - and we're having a profound impact. The NOF is the core research platform from which two new Canadian biotech start-ups were born, and the aerospace industry relies on us to do non-destructive testing for flaws in turbine blades for flight safety. And, as Canada takes its place in the Small Modular Reactor global market, McMaster is positioned to provide the requisite research, development and training; securing a competitive edge.

Our food shapes so much of our lives, and most importantly, our health. The Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) is the only research group of its kind in the world - an innovative partnership between St. Boniface Hospital, the University of Manitoba, The University of Winnipeg and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. CCARM is dedicated to investigating and understanding the potential health-related benefits of functional foods, nutraceuticals and natural health products. It is also looking at how food products can manage disease and alleviate the economic burden on our health care system while simultaneously benefiting the agriculture sector. "If we can understand the exact health & economic benefits to growing crops that can reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and inflammatory conditions, the Canadian health care system and the Canadian economy will benefit enormously going forward," said Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director of Research, St. Boniface Hospital.

"The right foods can change the face of healthcare," Dr. Grant Pierce, Executive Director Research, St. Boniface Hospital.

Building on its reputation as Canada's premier university for accessibility, Carleton University launched the Canadian Accessibility Network in 2019 - the first entity of its kind in the country.

The announcement followed the historic passage of the federal government's Accessible Canada Act.

"As a campus community that has been dedicated to supporting people with disabilities since our inception, we are excited to see the Accessible Canada Act bring accessibility to the top of our national agenda," says President Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

"Carleton is proud to lead the Canadian Accessibility Network and we call on all our current and future partners to work together, through the network, to create a more accessible and inclusive world."

Carleton University has a long history in accessibility and is regarded among the most supportive universities in North America for students with disabilities.

The Canadian Accessibility Network will work with partners to promote a more accessible and inclusive Canada.

Lakehead University's EPID@Work Research Institute is focused on research Enhancing the Prevention of Injury and Disability in the workplace. Established in 2018, EPID@Work is Lakehead's newest research centre, whose mission is to understand the mechanisms of workplace health, beyond a medical approach. Using participatory research, EPID@Work brings together community and academic professionals to conduct research that is meaningful to all involved. Led by Director Dr. Vicki Kristman, Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, the EPID@Work team draws together researchers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to address multifaceted problems. Some of the Institute's current projects include: addressing workplace bullying and lateral violence with partner Nokiiwin Tribal Council; multi-level workplace factors associated with compensation outcomes with partner Workplace Compensation Board of Manitoba; and understanding mental health stigma in the workplace with partner Thunder Bay District Health Unit. EPID@Work's research promises to make an impact on the workplace health of Canadians.

The CCNB-INNOV network has earned, through a dynamic and flexible service offer, the confidence of entrepreneurs working in several industries. It already carries out projects focused on automation and robotics and its potential is widely recognized. Since June 2019, it has been established as a Technology Access Centre (TAC), the first one in New Brunswick. This TAC will not only serve as a unifying link to a vision for Industry 4.0, by bringing automation and robotics to the forefront; it will also stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation of local businesses in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada by helping them access the expertise, equipment, and facilities they need to solve their innovation challenges. It offers scientific/technical assistance, performs demonstrations/feasibility studies, identifies the costs and duration of projects, helps write funding demands, facilitates access to funds, recommends the proper equipment, designs innovative equipment and processes, and facilitates the integration of existing and emerging technologies in businesses.

EDGE (Entrepreneurship Discovery and Growth Engine) is one of Sheridan College's six renowned Research and Incubation Centres and has become an influential driver in entrepreneurial innovation within Mississauga and the broader Halton-Peel region. The EDGE Hub is the on-campus home for changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs looking to gain skills and move projects from idea to execution.

Since opening its doors in 2017, EDGE has supported more than 150 start-ups with mentorship, training, guidance to access funding and co-working space at Sheridan's Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga. Under the leadership of Director Renee Devereaux, EDGE is open to students, alumni, staff and the public across Sheridan's three campuses and communities, providing them with the resources to develop a business or social enterprise. EDGE's expansion of entrepreneurship services, programmes and events is generously supported by multi-year funding from FedDev Ontario and the Province of Ontario.

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Centennial College continues to drive aerospace R&D and training for Canada's aerospace sector through the DAIR (Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research) consortia. The DAIR group consists of academic partners, including the University of Toronto, Ryerson University,
and York University, and a host of aerospace companies located primarily in Ontario. Centennial recently opened its aerospace campus at Downsview Park, allowing the College to more than double its training capacity, in response to strong industry demand. In addition to classrooms, the facility contains state of the art structural labs, a composite lab, and an engine shop. The facility's two hangars provide students with access to current generation commercial aircraft, for the purpose of introducing them to complex aircraft operations and systems, and for use by industry partners on applied research projects.

In addition to the launch of this leading-edge facility, Centennial's significant applied research activities in additive manufacturing, landing gear development and operations optimization have positioned the college as a strategic research partner for leading global aerospace companies. Collaboration with industry partners is open ended and Centennial continues to reach out to new partners from across Canada and globally.

Red River College has been a Canadian innovation leader for 15 years. Our three Technology Access Centres meet the diverse needs of industry:

• The brand-new Prairie Research Kitchen is ready to welcome researchers, faculty and students to collaborate with the agri-food industry on innovative new products and services.

• The Building Efficiency Technology Access Centre supports the building industry by helping clients address the challenges of designing and constructing energy-efficient building envelopes in Manitoba's unique climate.

• The Technology Access Centre for Aerospace & Manufacturing connects industry with cutting edge, highly specialized facilities, equipment and expertise.

RRC is home to a number of important facilities that drive innovation forward, such as the MotiveLab™ vehicle test facility. The first of its kind in Western Canada, MotiveLab™ features a climatic chamber that can reach temperature highs of +50 C or lows of -40 C.

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Led by Niagara College's Research & Innovation division, the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI) is making an impact on industry in Southern Ontario. In its first 3 years, more than 100 companies worked with our 7 institutions on 144 projects, developing 550 prototypes. All the while, more than 160 students, research leads and faculty gained valuable advanced manufacturing experience. The network earned the 2019 Research Partnership Award from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA). Based on that initial success, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) has awarded $14 million in funding to SONAMI for another 5 years, to grow the network to 10 members, and to assist another 240 businesses with their research and development needs in the advanced manufacturing space. SONAMI partners include Conestoga College, Fanshawe College, Lambton College, McMaster University, Mohawk College, Niagara College, and Sheridan College.

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Researchers from Ryerson University have confirmed that "flushable" wipes do not break down in sewers. In the first-ever study to use a robust new set of international criteria for flushability, the team found that none of the wipes they examined passed their tests.

To investigate the issue, professor of civil engineering Darko Joksimovic and master's students Barry Orr and Anum Khan created a working model of the average home's lavatory system, from toilet to sewer. They then tested 101 single-use products - of which 23 were labeled as "flushable" by manufacturers - for dispersibility in a municipal sewage system.

The researchers say the wipes cause blockages in sewers and pollute waterways with synthetic fibres, including plastics; the City of Toronto logs nearly 10,000 calls per year from residences due to "sewer service line-blocks."

The Ryerson report, titled Defining ‘Flushability' for Sewer Use, called for the word "flushable" to be taken off product packaging. The report was prepared for the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group of Canada and has been receiving attention from environmental groups, municipalities and overseas governments since it was published in March 2019.

Darko Joksimovic, a civil engineering professor at Ryerson University, and his research team investigated whether "flushable" wipes break down in sewers and found none of the products they examined passed their tests.