Algonquin joins CONII

Algonquin College has signed on with the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII), an initiative to help commercialize technology coming from the province’s small- to mid-sized companies. AlgonquinPC-180X49.jpgWith current CONII members Centennial, Conestoga, Fanshawe, George Brown, Humber, Niagara, St. Clair, Seneca and Sheridan colleges, Algonquin will lend technical expertise to help enterprise partners bring products to market. The network is receiving $3.5 million over three years from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, as well as other government programs. “Colleges have always maintained close contact with business and industry in order to provide highly skilled, work-ready graduates,” says Katharine Janzen, chair of the CONII steering committee and VP of research and innovation at Seneca. “With CONII, we’re expanding that relationship to include applied research, development and commercialization services.” Students and faculty from Algonquin’s applied research and innovation program are currently working on a CONII-supported program to help Nepean’s SeeWind Design Corp. develop enviro-friendly technology that will keep office computer systems running in the event of power failure. CONII expects to complete 50 projects by the end of 2009.

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