We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings back in 2007. When GPRC Research & Innovation (then called the Centre for Research and Innovation, or CRI) was first created, it was with an unshakable sense of optimism, even in the face of difficult times. We knew back then what ten years in business has confirmed to us today: there is something special about this college and this community.
Some have called it the “entrepreneurial spirit” of the north; but whatever you call it, it’s been driving academic and economic success in the Peace Region for decades. It’s the reason behind the success of R&I initiatives like Pollutants to Products (which has earned two patents and is entering its commercialization phase), Community Enhancement Research (which has helped improve mental health crisis intervention systems in the city of Grande Prairie), and the GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre – Technology Access Centre (which has grown in capacity by over 1200% since 2013 and is set to triple in size and capacity over the next twelve months). Not only that, but GPRC R&I has been lucky to offer help to incredible students and faculty at GPRC campuses as they engage in meaningful, innovative research and scholarship with the potential to transform their communities.
It’s been ten years since we began, but we’re nowhere close to finished. We can’t wait to see where the next ten years will take us.
Watch the live video of our 10th Anniversary Celebration here. Thank you to all who joined us.