Top 50 Coll_date_2018.jpg 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.

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We've Moved!

CARIE has recently moved into new offices (TT2982) on the 2nd floor of the Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility (TTIF).  Our new space also features The Pivot which will become the entrepreneurial hub of Lethbridge College as well as the new home of all AgENT activities.  We also have free, dedicated parking for industry clients, so please contact, Noelle Smith prior to your visit and we will provide you with a parking pass.



Our Annual Applied Research Report for 2018-19

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This year has focused on building capacity in support of three of our five strategic themes, namely Agriculture, Food and Environment; Business and Technology; and Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as on the impact that our applied research has had.  Our report is filled with stories and testimonials that share the value of our partnerships, showcase our industry and community projects, and highlight the benefits that our applied research activities are having on economic growth in our region and beyond.  It also provides a sense of the opportunities awaiting our faculty and students to engage in providing practical solutions to industry problems.

It has been a busy but rewarding year.  We hope you enjoy reading about the impact of our work, and please, let us know if there is a real-world problem our team might be able to help you solve.



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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.

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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 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 oCARI.pngpportunities 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.

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