George Brown College Pleased with National Recognition of Colleges and Polytechnics Promoting Innovation

TORONTO (Dec. 5, 2014) – The federal government has acknowledged the role of colleges and polytechnics in addressing the innovation needs of Canadian businesses through the launch of a new Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, titled Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation. Prime Minister Harper also officially launched the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

The new strategy, an update of the 2007 Science and Technology Strategy, acknowledges the crucial role that Canada's colleges and polytechnics play in enabling Canadian small to medium-sized businesses to conduct applied research and get new innovations to market. George Brown is already focused on many of the priority areas of the new strategy including green and “smart” technology-enabled building; health technology; food and food system innovations; and advanced prototyping, a key input to advanced manufacturing.

“The new Strategy illustrates the important place of colleges and polytechnics in the evolving innovation economy,” said Anne Sado, President of George Brown College and Chair of Polytechnics Canada. “It also acknowledges that these efforts operate in tandem with the vital work of leading research universities and firms across Canada. Together we will support new Canadian innovation from idea to invoice.”  

The new strategy has strong support for federal government programs such as the College and Community Innovation Program and the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario. George Brown has been the recipient of support from these funders to build leading applied research in priority areas of green building and construction, health and health promotion, and food innovation. The college is also growing its capacity in digital media, part of the important information and communication technologies focus area in the new strategy.

Prime Minister Harper also officially launched the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which will consider large, potentially multi-institutional initiatives as well as smaller, single-institution proposals that align with the Government of Canada’s updated science, technology and information strategy priority research areas.

Over the past seven years, George Brown’s research mission has been to support and advance industry and community problem solving through excellence in applied research, commercialization and scholarship. Research and innovation at the college engages industry, faculty, students, and the community-at-large through participation in educationally and economically meaningful research projects and partnerships.

About George Brown College
Toronto’s George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 142 full-time programs and 193 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 25,800 (full-time enrolment) students, including over 3,500 international students; and over 62,800 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees. www.georgebrown.ca  

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