Our 5 research themes

Fundamental to the college’s vision of leading and transforming education in Alberta, our centre is a catalyst for economic growth, sustainability and social development in the region.

Our integrated strategy brings together community organizations, researchers and students to collaborate on projects that use new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges with immediate practical applications. Project outcomes often lead to innovative products and services that benefit our economy and society.

If you have a challenge that you are looking to solve, we may be able to help.

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The Spatial Technologies Applied Research & Training (START) initiative was created to partner with Alberta-based organizations to apply VR/AR technologies to solve challenges in key Alberta sectors, including agriculture, energy, architecture, health care, cultural heritage and emergency response.

START will work with its partners to enable them to:

  • conduct partnership-based applied research projects that solve real-world problems using spatial technologies;
  • develop spatial technologies that can be commercialized;
  • integrate spatial technologies into business models and workflows;
  • access cutting-edge XR technology, expertise and best practices; and
  • provide experiential learning opportunities to Lethbridge College students and grads


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The Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) at Lethbridge College provides vital support for the agriculture industry through three key services: applied research; technical services and consulting; and education and training. These services are centred on LC’s core areas of expertise: Aquaculture, Crop Production, and Wet Processing and provide Ag-tech, greenhouse, aquaculture, and large-scale crop producers with access to, customized services for, and first-hand research data on unique technologies including integrated food production systems, aerobic bioreactors, dewatering techniques, waste treatment, water processing, precision irrigation and fertigation, agricultural engineering, automation and control systems, post-harvest technology, organoleptics, and food safety.


News story: Lethbridge College Receives Federal Funding to Create Technology Access Centre


Contact: 403-320-3202 ext. 5453




Turning ideas into action  

Lethbridge College has a mission for those interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

All Lethbridge College students are eligible to join AgENT, an extracurricular experiential learning opportunity that develops foundational skills in innovation and entrepreneurship. Students involved in AgENT have the opportunity to build their creative confidence and entrepreneurial mindset, helping them become agents of change. Entrepreneurship is about turning ideas into action; it's not just about starting a business. Visit with our team today to learn more about why we believe all students need these skills.


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Welcome to the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE). We’re meeting the demand for quality applied research into aquaculture practices specifically adapted to northern geographical locations. Our greenhouse operations, biosecure isolation facilities, water recirculation technologies, and water quality testing and molecular lab capabilities provide a solid foundation for a variety of aquatic-and aquaponic-based research, particularly in:

  • aquaculture
  • aquaponics
  • aquatic ecosystem health
  • water quality
  • water conservation
  • waste management
  • aerobic bioreactor technology
  • novel nano- and micro filtration systems (biochar)
  • new greenhouse techniques
  • organoleptics
  • organic aquaculture
  • food safety

Our ability to carry out diverse research has allowed us to specialize in aquaponics as an example of an integrated self-sustainable food production system, the culture of both warm- and cool-water fish, and other areas of research, including biofiltration, and off-flavour and organoleptic studies.


Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA)

As a partner of RINSA, we’ve focused our efforts in supporting entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in key sectors in southern Alberta, including food and fibre, environment, and health. We assist SMEs with successfully navigating the commercialization system through specialized programs and services. We also encourage and search for opportunities for collaboration with other regional innovation networks and companies.

Learn more about RINSA or find a program that can help you bring new products or processes to the market.