Students celebrated at Applied Research Day

Student ideas and entrepreneurship, hands-on learning and industry partnerships were celebrated at Applied Research Day at Waterfront Campus.

There was a lot of work to salute at the 11th annual event Open New Browser Window on May 9, 2018. Research partnerships, opportunities, and funding continues to grow every year and George Brown College was ranked the top research college in Canada in 2017 and 2015.

We heard from industry partners who reap the benefits of working with George Brown to improve and help launch their products and services. And we honoured incredible students for their ideas, drive and commitment.


Fostering entrepreneurship

Dymika Harte, a recent graduate of the School of Design, won the 2018 Entrepreneurship Award. She heads up the all-female branding and graphic design firm UNSGND Open New Browser Window — a company that targets startups and recording artists. Her relationship with George Brown began when she was in high school and won the pitch competition as part of the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator's Empowered Youth Startup Hub program.

Four student business ideas vied to win the startGBC Pitch Competition. Wes Grove and John Baker, recent grads of the Child and Youth Care Worker program, won with MAP (Mobile Arts Programming) Open New Browser Window — a program that brings music education and workshops to under-served communities.

See the full list of student award winners below.


The partnership of education and industry

Panels featuring our partners and faculty and staff covered important topics, including:

  • industry innovation in building information modelling (BIM), sustainable fashion, education and food product development;
  • social innovation in early childhood education, promoting healthy eating and improving literacy;
  • and funding innovation and research.

Several projects were also on display in the annual #GBCgalaxy of research.

Applied Research by the numbers

Since 2007

  • 1,096 partnerships 
  • 1,174 research projects
  • $74.9 million in research funding

Student Innovation Award winners

Students from across the college were celebrated for their research efforts. They include:

  • Rafael Sanches Carvalho, Information Technology
  • Navid G. Naybin, Information Technology
  • Xavier Fu, Centre for Business
  • Marco Lisi, School of Construction Management
  • Jiseon Moon, Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt)
  • Evan May, School of Construction Management
  • Ishan Tripathi, Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies
  • Hasan Algoaidi, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • John-Mark Jones, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mina Kim, Chef School
  • Natalia Rubaeva, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Roman Orlov, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Zachary Mincer, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Aamir Bin Khalid, Building Information Modeling Management