Federal Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan and MP Vance Badawey got an up-close look at applied learning in action during a visit to Niagara College on July 24.
The minister and MP arrived at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus early afternoon and were welcomed by college president Dan Patterson, incoming chair of the Board of Governors John F.T. Scott, college Student Administrative Council president Ryan Huckla, associate vice-president of Research and Innovation Marc Nantel, and vice president of External Relations Greg Medulun.
They toured the Wine Visitor + Education Centre before walking to the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. They toured labs at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre where they spoke to staff and students about projects being done at the Centre.
At Benchmark restaurant, they met with industry partners including Mario Pingue, owner of Niagara Food Specialties; Rick Jorgensen, president of Oliv International; Matt Bonanno, owner of Iron Will Raw Pet Food; and Dan Sennet, CEO of The Bald Baker. While there, they were served refreshments and treats prepared by NC students.
Their final stop at the NOTL Campus was a room on the second floor of the east wing, overlooking the construction underway at the SIF-funded building which will become home to the agribusiness research, athletic and fitness centre, once completed.
The group also travelled to the Welland Campus where they toured the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. While there, they spoke to researchers, staff and students. They also had an opportunity to meet with industry partners including Bob Benner, of Hamill Machine Company; Dwayne Charette of Airbus Helicopters Canada; and Mike Melinyshyn, of Lift Line Machinery Ltd.