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Title: Presentation at the ACCC Annual Conference


1
The College and Institute Applied Research and
Innovation Agenda
  • Presentation at the ACCC Annual Conference
  • by the ACCC College and Institute
  • Applied Research Task Group
  • May 28, 2002

2
Background - Why Are We Here?
  • Little recognition of the colleges applied
    research role in the national research agenda
  • ACCC Environmental Scan of Colleges and
    Institutes identified applied research as an
    emerging priority
  • ACCC initiated opportunities for colleges and
    institutes to share successes and concerns in the
    areas of applied research, innovation and
    technology transfer

3
Background - Why Are We Here?
  • Three ACCC National Applied Research Symposiums
  • October 1998, November 1999, February 2001
  • ACCC College Canada Publications
  • Research in Colleges and Institutes - 1999
  • Do Colleges and Institutes Contribute to Economic
    Development - 2000
  • February 2001 Symposium recommended establishing
    an applied research working group

4
ACCC College and Institute Applied Research Task
Group
  • Established in May 2001 at the ACCC Annual
    Conference in Windsor and given one year mandate
  • Objective of the Task Group
  • to create an environment and opportunities for
    colleges and institutes to contribute to
    community and regional development through the
    application/commercialization of new knowledge

5
Task Group Members
  • Ron Woodward, President, Red Deer College and
    Chair of Task Group
  • Skip Bassford, President, University College of
    the Fraser Valley
  • David Woolnough, Director of Applied Research,
    Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley
  • Jeanne Comeau, Dean, Applied Research
    Development, CCNB-Bathurst
  • Jacek Mlynarek, Chief Executive Officer, Centre
    for Textile Technologies
  • Marti Jurmain, Director, New Product Development,
    Niagara College
  • Nadeya Mohammed, Research Coordinator, Michener
    Institute for Applied Health Sciences

6
Identification of Four Capacity Building Actions
  • 1.National Inventory of College and Institute
    Applied Research Capacity
  • 2. Awareness Strategy
  • 3. Funding Programs
  • 4. Information Sharing / Mentoring / Networking

7
National Research Inventory
  • Develop National Inventory of
  • innovation activities
  • institutional capacity to support innovation
    activities
  • human resources that contribute to innovation
    activities

8
Awareness Strategy
  • Develop strategy and support materials that would
    assist ACCC and its member institutions to
    enhance the understanding of their strengths,
    capabilities and interests to industry,
    governments and other appropriate organizations

9
Funding Programs
  • Funding Programs
  • Establish new funding mechanisms at the national
    level that would enable colleges and institutes
    to make a greater contribution to innovation in
    Canada
  • Encourage existing funding agencies to adapt
    their programs to include colleges and
    institutes, recognizing their unique capabilities
    and experience

10
Information Sharing / Mentoring / Networking
  • Develop a networking and mentoring program
  • to share best practices
  • to encourage the development of applied research
    activities

11
Applied Research and Innovation in Community
Colleges A Quantitative Assessment
12
The Survey of Applied Research and Innovation in
Canadian Community Colleges
  • Initiated and encouraged by Industry Canada, with
    support from ACCC
  • First of its kind
  • Objective
  • To identify the applied research and innovation
    capabilities of Colleges and Institutes

13
A representative sample
14
A Passion for Applied Research Innovation
  • DESPITE Limitations, 70 conducted applied
    research,
  • Strategic Institutional Direction
  • 46 of sample claimed mission statements included
    research as an element
  • 32 of sample specified that their institutions
    had set performance targets for RD
  • Research Support
  • An average of 43 support grant application/
    administration/ contract negotiation processes
  • 29 have intellectual property management services

15
A Passion for Applied Research Innovation
  • Incentives for faculty
  • 9 get remuneration for research
  • 20 get promotions based on research prowess
  • 10 get awards and recognition
  • 24 get release time from teaching
  • Research Funding for 2001-2 (data based on those
    colleges that choose to declare them, and have
    not been confirmed/tested for accuracy)
  • 9.2 million from federal Government
  • 18.6 million from provincial/municipal government

16
44 Applied Research Centres Across Canada
  • Employing 317 employees, with an additional 283
    Faculty associated with the Centres, and 1019
    students.

17
Applied Research with Tangible Results!A
Sampling of Innovative Products
  • Pyng Medical Inc.
  • BCIT refined an entrepreneur's unproven,
    patented medical device
  • Supported entrepreneur into establishing company
  • Company currently employs 11 and has annual sales
    exceeding 400,000
  • GRAPE GBW32
  • An educational tool - Graphic Realtime Analysis
    Program for Engineering (GRAPE) developed by
    Red River College is now a software product used
    by engineering firms worldwide.
  • Transfeeder, Inc
  • A compressed forage bailor system was developed
    by Olds College
  • The Transfeeder employs 200 people province wide,
    with 750 million in sales.

18
Applied Research with Tangible Results!A
Sampling of Innovative Products
  • Development of a workplace competency skills
    assessment tool for HDRC
  • Ecological restoration and eco-tourism program
    funded by IDRC
  • Environmental Research Laboratories
  • Aquatic and Marine life Coastal Research
  • Coastal Integrated Resource Management Program
  • Development of online educational software
  • Utilization of biosolids as a soil amendment with
    pulp and paper industries
  • Research in outdoor play field
  • New ways of producing and presenting 3-D Models
    to forecast analyze and plan regional economic
    expansion
  • Business Incubator Program supportive
    workshops, coaching, facilities and services

19
Achieving Despite The Challenges!
Achievements are even more remarkable when
considering the Challenges Faced (ranked from
lowest to highest)
20
An Untapped Applied Research Infrastructure
  • 35 own/operate research centres / incubators
  • Cover key areas of specialization areas such as
    digital, agricultural, marine, automotive,
    electronics, trade/commerce, education, medical
  • With expert human resources
  • 14,000 faculty members
  • 254,330 students
  • With existing collaboration and links to
  • Local economic development agencies
  • 900 communities across Canada

21
Our Colleges
22
APPLIED RESEARCH INNOVATIONinCanadas
Colleges InstitutesBROCHURE
23
Applied Research Innovation - Brochure
24
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25
General Purpose
  • Awareness piece
  • Highlight involvement and successes of colleges
    and institutes in applied research and technology
    transfer

26
Goals
  • Raise awareness of action and potential
  • Profile some examples and best practices
  • Improve opportunities for activities and

27
Target Audience
  • Governments
  • Federal, provincial, municipal
  • Ministries
  • Council of Ministers of Education (CMEC),
  • Ministries of economic development,
  • Ministries of science and technology
  • Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)

28
Target Audience (continued)
  • Sector councils
  • Associations such as Canadian Advanced Technology
    Association
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Granting councils
  • NRC (and IRAP)
  • NSERC
  • CFI
  • Provincial matching granting organizations

29
Target Audience (continued)
  • Specific business and industry
  • Specific to the region or province
  • Colleges and institutes
  • Provincial associations for colleges and
    institutes
  • Universities

30
FUNDING PROGRAMS
31
ACCC Advocacy Successes for Support of Applied
Research in Colleges and Institutes
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation
  • 2 rounds of competition under the College
    Research Development Fund (1999 2000) 1 round
    of competition under the Innovation Fund (2001)
  • 55 funded projects
  • 22.9 million
  • some 60 colleges eligible to apply to CFI

32
ACCC Advocacy Successes for Support of Applied
Research in Colleges and Institutes
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
    (NSERC)
  • Mission statement was revised in 1999 to allow
    colleges and institutes to participate in NSERC
    project research programs as co-applicants with
    universities.
  • 4 colleges have received eligibility status
    (CCNB-Bathurst, Olds College, NSCC and BCIT).
  • Several other colleges are in different stages of
    eligibility application process.

33
ACCC Advocacy Successes for Support of Applied
Research in Colleges and Institutes
  • National Research Council-Industrial Research
    Assistance Program
  • strong IRAP-College Collaborations in most
    provinces and territories
  • Continued dialogue with senior representatives of
    federal granting agencies i.e. Social Sciences
    and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canadian
    Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

34
On-going Advocacy
  • ACCC presentation to the federal governments
    Standing Committee on Finance
  • ACCC presentation to the Roundtable of the
    Standing Committee on Industry, Science and
    Technology to present the Associationss
    perspective on the peer review process, the
    current funding mechanisms of federal granting
    councils and the role of research chairs.

35
On-going Advocacy (contd)
  • ACCC proposal to Industry Canada for the creation
    of a Canadian College Innovation and Technical
    Assistance Program to enhance applied research,
    technology transfer and commercialization through
    Canadas colleges and institutes and their
    business/industry partners
  • Since the Innovation Strategy release, ongoing
    dialogue with ACCC, senior government officials
    and college presidents

36
Objectives of the Task Group
  • Get the Rules Changed!
  • Get Funding!

37
What Has the ACCC Applied Research Task Group
Accomplished So Far?
  • Meetings with
  • senior policy decision makers at Industry Canada
    to profile the untapped applied research and
    innovation potential of colleges and institutes
  • senior representatives of PreCarn and Technology
    Partnerships Canada to discuss future
    collaborative initiatives targeted at colleges
    and technical institutes and SMEs
  • Canadian Manufacturers Exporters
  • the publisher of Reearch Money

38
What Has the ACCC Applied Research Task Group
Accomplished So Far?
  • Profiled college and institute applied research
    expertise in research magazine Decouvrir
    May/June 2002
  • submitted a Concept Paper to the Council of
    Ministers of Education Canada recommending that
    the provinces mandate innovation and applied
    research in colleges and institutes, allocate
    operating dollars and provide matching funds to
    support research and, implement policies and
    procedures that will allow faculty, staff and
    students to undertake applied research.

39
What Has the ACCC Applied Research Task Group
Accomplished So Far?
  • Since the release of the Innovation Strategy,
    working on a concept paper which will respond to
    the need for economic development strategies in
    communities and regions across Canada and
    highlight the college and institute expertise in
    the area of industrial support to small and
    medium-sized enterprises at the technology
    transfer, product development and
    commercialization levels.

40
NETWORKING / INFORMATION SHARING / MENTORING
41
Networking / Information Sharing / Mentoring
  • Working together to foster innovation activities
    in colleges and institutes regionally and
    nationally
  • Actions recommended include
  • Regional / National Workshops / Conferences
  • ACCC National Advocacy and Partnerships
  • Innovation / RD Page on ACCC Website
  • Institutional / Personal Buddy Networks
  • Faculty, Staff, Student Exchanges

42
Regional / National Workshops / Conferences
  • in Ottawa, connect with federal partners and
    agencies
  • in conjunction with ACCC Annual conference
  • regional/provincial meetings

43
ACCC National Advocacy and Partnerships
  • with federal departments and funding agencies
  • with other organizations (AUCC, PreCarn, CME)

44
Innovation / RD Page on ACCC Website
  • links to funding sources (provincial and federal)
  • access to capacity survey information
  • updated success stories

45
Institutional / Personal Buddy Networks
  • connect institutions and individuals to share
    ideas and grow
  • list serve of individuals who wish to share
    information

46
Faculty, Staff, Student Exchanges
  • joint project opportunities
  • expertise sharing

47
NEXT STEPS
48
The Task Group will ...
  • Meet in June to finalize their strategy and
    incorporate any recommendations brought forward
    at the ACCC Annual Conference Workshop.
  • Create an Implementation Committee to carry out
    strategies formulated by the ACCC College and
    Institute Applied Research Task Group

49
The Task Group will (contd)
  • Ensure college and institute participation in the
    Innovation Strategy national/regional summits
    organized by Industry Canada
  • Respond to Industry Canadas invitation to submit
    a proposal to improve Canadas innovation
    performance through colleges and institutes
  • Position the college and technical institute
    innovation agenda for Budget 2003

50
DISCUSSION
51
INVESTING IN COLLEGES AND INSTITUTES IS MOVING
OUR ECONOMY INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
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