Ottawa, ON – April 16, 2013 – La Cité collégiale has become a leader in the field of applied research, especially with its biotransformation research centre and its biotechnology undergraduate program. The college will now be able to offer its experts and students a more modern working and learning environment thanks to a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced the grant at the Applied Research Symposium of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, which took place today in Quebec City.
A total of $262,638 has been awarded to La Cité collegiale for infrastructure improvements at its biotransformation research centre. The money came from the CFI’s College-Industry Innovation Fund.
“Canada’s colleges and polytechnics play an important role in the implementation of the innovation agenda, said the Honorable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). This investment will help Canadian companies to develop cleaner technologies which will contribute to reducing waste produced by the industrial activity.”
“Canadian colleges play an important role in our national innovation ecosystem. The College-Industry Innovation Fund allows colleges to acquire state-of-the-art research infrastructure so they can carry out high-level applied research projects,” says Gilles G. Patry, CFI President and CEO.
“Improving our research infrastructure will benefit not only the researchers, professors and students who work at our biotransformation research centre, but also the National Capital Region and Eastern Ontario. On behalf of La Cité collégiale, I would like to thank the Canada Foundation for Innovation for believing in the applied-research potential of colleges,” says Lise Bourgeois, President, La Cité collégiale.
Launched in November 2010, La Cité collégiale’s biotransformation research centre calls upon the participation of numerous industrial and institutional partners.
La Cité collégiale is the largest French-language college of applied arts and technology in Ontario. In 2012-2013, La Cité Collégiale offered more than 90 post-secondary programs, 60 of which were not offered anywhere else in French in Ontario.
La Cité collégiale est un des bénéficiaires des Fonds collège-industrie pour l'innovation de la FCI pour leur travail en recherche appliquée en biotechnologie et en biovalorisation.
Mona Fortier, MBA
Senior Director, Communications and Market Development
La Cité collégiale
Telephone: (613) 742-2493, ext. 2381
Cell: (613) 818-9899
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Canada Foundation for innovation
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