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Grande Prairie Regional College - Centre for Research & Innovation

Submission — Grande Prairie Regional College – Centre for Research & Innovation

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Submitter(s): Rutley, Bruce

Summary: Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is a member of both the Alberta Association of Community Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). GPRC has been an active participant and contributing to the voice in support of stable and meaningful funding to create the required capacity within Canada's College and Technical Institutes, the institutions closest to Canada SME community.

GPRC created the Center for Research & Innovation (CRI) to lead institutional initiatives in applied research and innovation. The CRI was created in partnership with the Peace Region Economic Development Alliance (PREDA) through a merger with the College's Integrated Research Unit (applied research) and PREDA's The Innovation Network (technology commercialization services) in order to meet the needs of regional innovators (inventors/SMEs) and the applied research needs of the region's MNEs. GPRC now considers applied research to be an integral part of student learning and embraces innovation as a contribution to regional economic development. The CRI model was developed after careful consideration by PREDA and the College in consultation with regional business leaders (SMEs, MNEs) and clients; technical and economic development agencies; and regional service providers. As a successful recipient of a NSERC CCI Round 5 applied research grant, and a leader in rural innovation, we believe the CRI model is a leading example of how Colleges in Canada, who are close to the community (business, industry, innovators), can provide excellent R&D value for Canada. Stable and ongoing funding to establish and grow the base from which these services and developments can proceed is imperative.

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