News Archives: Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Research is an integral component of learning, and essential to the development of meaningful businesses, products and services. In the Peace Region, innovation has a long history, meeting local needs with local solutions since the days of the first settlers. Now, in the 21st century, research and innovation continue to put the Peace Region on the national map as a source of great ideas, good information, and strong, viable solutions.
The Centre for Research & Innovation(CRI) at GPRC has been providing applied research and innovation services for the past five years, serving as a meeting place for innovators to connect with scientists, researchers, investors and mentors. For five years, the CRI has built upon the foundation established over the previous decade through PREDA, The Innovation Network, and the GPRC Integrated Research Unit. Funding partners have included the various levels of government, Alberta Innovates, the Rural Alberta Development Fund, NSERC, municipalities and private corporations.
The achievements of the CRI include providing services to over 250 innovators, the conduct of numerous studies related to innovation and marketing, and leadership of exciting projects such as the National Bee Diagnostic Centre and the Carbon Bio-Capture Solarium.
"GPRC has a very strong history of applied research through the CRI and previously the Integrated Research Unit," says Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics and Research. "Applied research has supported numerous fact-based initiatives in our region, and has enhanced the learning experience for our students while enabling the ongoing academic achievements of our faculty. We are very proud to have provided this highly valuable expertise and service to the base of knowledge in our greater community."
A 5th Anniversary celebration of the people whose dedication has firmly established the CRI and the projects which have benefitted from its services will be held Tuesday, April 3 in Grande Prairie. The event will recognize and hear from representatives throughout its history. Ceremonies will include presentation of the Innovation Award: Leadership - Capacity Building.