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Canada’s Georgian College gets investment from Alectra Inc. to open innovation center

By David Schwartz
Published: May 15th, 2018

Energy company Alectra Inc. is investing $750,000 over five years to fund a state-of-the-art research and innovation center at Georgian College, where the Ontario school’s students and faculty will work with industry partners on commercialization.

Georgian’s Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre (ATIRC) is already under construction. “Our investment in [ATIRC] demonstrates how our support of the communities we serve extends beyond the poles, wires and transformers found in our distribution system,” said Alectra President and CEO Brian Bentz. “Once it is completed, this facility will provide students with opportunities to learn about the use of cutting-edge technologies needed to be part of tomorrow’s workforce.” 

The energy company’s presence, along with its investment dollars, will be a major factor in the facility. Inside the 8,000-square-foot research space will be the Alectra Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization, which is planned as a go-to source to test concepts, accelerate development, and showcase promising research and new products.

Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes said the ATIRC will be a game changer. “We are determined to advance the research and innovation agenda at Georgian and across the regions we serve, and could not be more thrilled than to have Alectra partner with us on this important mission,” she said.

In addition to its financial investment, Alectra will continue to participate in applied research with the college and create opportunities for co-op students and graduates, particularly from the electrical engineering programs.

Source: GlobeNewswire

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