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.
Our Annual Applied Research Report for 2017-18
It has been an exciting an productive year for researchers, staff, and students. We have seen the launch of our new entrepreneurship and innovation program, called AgENT; received our first Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council institutional grant; expanded CARIE by building our research support team; started new Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council-funded projects; and introduced our strategic research plan to the college community.
In addition to showcasing the college's established 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.
Inspiring agricultural innovation, one student-entrepreneur at a time
Lethbridge College has a mission for those interested in agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence (AgENT) program launched in September 2018 and pairs students with local industry partners to solve real-world problems that affect the agriculture industry.
All Lethbridge College students are eligible to join the extracurricular AgENT program. At the beginning of the academic year, they will be presented with a challenge and will then receive industry mentorship as they brainstorm, design and test solutions. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a speaker series, workshops and more. And at the end of the year, they will pitch their solutions to industry with the chance to win awards and see their ideas put into action.
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:
- aquatic ecosystem health
- water quality
- water conservation
- waste management
- aerobic bioreactor technology
- novel nano- and micro filtration systems (biochar)
- new greenhouse techniques
- 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 2018-2021 Applied Research Strategic Plan
Applied research activity is strongly encouraged and supported at Lethbridge College as a means to enhance professional development, share knowledge and strengthen our academic capabilities regionally, nationally and internationally.
CARIE enables and supports the growth of applied research by working directly with academic centres. In addition to management of an internal innovation fund that serves to build capacity in applied research, we also pursue resource acquisitions, funding opportunities and industry engagement to ensure sustainability.
Our strategic collaborations with Campus Alberta institutions, the Alberta Innovates (RINSA) network and other organizations maximize the benefits of applied research relationships and their outcomes. These collaborative partnerships also enhance learning opportunities and serve as a catalyst for knowledge transfer within and beyond our college community.
The goal of our 2018-2021 Applied Research Strategic Plan is to:
- Provide opportunities for students and employees to engage in applied research that will support the academic vision, contribute to the local community and industry, while enhancing student experiential learning.
- Establish a culture that embraces multifaceted activities involving the creation, integration and dissemination of knowledge, research skill development and faculty capacity building.
- Leverage internal resources and strengths as well as external partnerships to provide exemplary learning experiences to students and address real-world challenges leading to innovative solutions that benefit industry and community partners.
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.
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