A new Fed Dev Ontario video highlights Niagara College and Queen’s University as two post-secondary institutions that are collaborating with small- and medium-sized businesses, thanks to Fed Dev support.
The video features Dr. Marc Nantel, Niagara College associate vice-president of Research and Innovation, who noted that the college applied for the funding to better serve the needs of the region’s small and medium enterprises.
“We were able to collaborate with 14 businesses in the region to help them innovate when they would not have normally been able to afford it,” he said.
It also features David Munford, founder and director, Research and Development for Grimsby-based WorkTech Inc.
“We had an idea for software but didn’t know how to get it done,” he said in the video. “Fed Dev Ontario made us more competitive and able to reach new markets.”
In September 2011, WorkTech Inc. was announced as one of 14 new businesses partnering Niagara Research on ARC projects, as a result of a $750,000 funding investment by Fed Dev Ontario. Other partners included OASYS Healthcare (Uxbridge, Ont.), Warren DAC Investments Ltd. (Niagara Falls), Abatement Technologies Ltd. (Fort Erie), Yangaroo Inc. (Toronto), The Green Cricket (Etobicoke), Norgen Biotek Corp. (Thorold), Ultimate Kiosk (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corp. (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Pay 4 Performance (St. Catharines), LineTech Design and Manufacturing (St. Catharines), Calhoun Sportswear (St. Catharines), E.D. Products (St. Catharines), and Water Superstore (St. Catharines).
The investment connected businesses with the college to develop new ideas for products or processes and prepare them for commercialization. The initiative not only benefitted businesses involved, by giving them research and innovation support to become more productive and competitive, but also students who became directly connected with industry partners to solve real-world problems.