For external partners

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The success of applied research at Lethbridge College is based on how our research positively affects industry. Our primary focus on solving real-world industry challenges means we’re always looking for opportunities to engage industry in applied research. Partnering with the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) can lead to:

  • legitimizing a product or service
  • industry innovation
  • product commercialization


Applied research often involves prototype development, feasibility studies and clinical trials, as well as technical consultation and market research. Whatever your needs may be, we can help you develop innovative products and services that benefit our economy and society.

Our research themes

Lethbridge College has five strategic research themes, encompassing the broad range of applied research that contributes to our reputation as a driver of local economic growth. 

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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.

Our annual applied research report

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In addition to showcasing the college's established applied research programs and providing a quantitative overview of our achievements this past year, this publication also highlights the people behind applied research at Lethbridge College and the problems they are working to solve.

This work relies on meaningful partnerships with industry collaborators, funders, community members, and external researchers, and we are pleased to work together to have a positive impact on our students, our economy, our community, and our social fabric.


We connect students with industry to solve real-world challenges

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Launched in 2018, this exciting new program already has more than 40 students and 26 industry mentors involved! Does your Ag business have a problem that needs solving? Then contact Megan Shapka CARIE's AgENT Coordinator.



If you represent an individual business or a collection of businesses and are interested in collaborating with Lethbridge College for applied research, please don't hesitate to contact our CARIE office.