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Applied Research showcase celebrates ongoing projects and partnerships


A three-day travelling showcase across our campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston will celebrate and build awareness of the innovative and exciting Applied Research projects underway at St. Lawrence College.


Throughout March 5, 6, and 7, respectively, the research team will share details of the 20 some projects currently in process, including:

· improved welding at a boat manufacturer

· new food products – cheese, soup, baking

· software development achieving business efficiencies

· renewable energy technology

· improved soil reclamation throughput

· applied behavioural science, workplace wellness


According to St. Lawrence College President and CEO, Glenn Vollebregt, the college’s significant work in Applied Research is important for continued student success, academic excellence, and connection with our communities. These projects employ some 40 students as part-time research assistants and furnish dozens of placement and thesis-based projects and other class-based projects across many programs at the college. “St. Lawrence College Applied Research is becoming a fast-growing force to be reckoned with,” Vollebregt said. “We know that the results of this research will help Ontario employers solve problems and perform better, while building critical employment skills in our talented students.”


The showcase will include displays that will focus on local partnerships that are advancing applied research at St. Lawrence College. In Cornwall, the college has partnered with St. Lawrence River Institute for Environmental Science & Lafleche LeBlanc Soil Reclamation. In Brockville, a partnership with Upper Canada Solar is testing trackers for optimum efficiency, while at 401 Electric, employee wellness improvements aim to reduce insurance costs. In Kingston, the college has seen research projects in culinary, business, growing Nursing research activity, and an emerging Lab/School drawing upon the college’s strong behavioural sciences programming to address child behaviour issues.


Schedule of events, March 5, 6, and 7

10:00 Launch – Brief Welcome

10:30 Research Facilities Tour

Brockville – Nursing and Biology Laboratories (March 5)

Cornwall – St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Science (March 6)

Kingston – Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (March 7)

11:00 Discussion - “Funding Your Project”

Businesses and faculty: interactive guidance from funding agency representatives

12:00 Lunch and Networking

12:30 Research Facilities Tour (Second Opportunity)

1:00 Discussion - “Knowledge Mobilization”

Faculty and businesses: Build receptive audiences, and impact, into your Research Plan

(Dr. Amanda Cooper, Queen’s University, and Joelle Rodway Macri, Phd. Cand, U of T.)


About St. Lawrence College
With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.

Media Contact:

Laura Tulchinsky

Marketing and Communications

St. Lawrence College

613-544-5400, ext. 1291