– June 2022

Spotlight this Month:
Walker Advanced Manufacturing
Innovation Centre



Celebrating the Class of 2022

What an exciting time! This week, during the first in-person Convocation ceremonies in nearly three years, we have the honour of celebrating all graduating Niagara College students. I’d like to give special recognition to those, from a variety of Niagara College programs, who have spent part of their journey with us at Research & Innovation, whether as junior or senior co-op students or part-time research assistants. Many of you were able to increasingly work in labs on campus, following health and safety protocols, while others were able to work on projects with R&I remotely from your homes.

R&I graduates, we are especially proud of the resiliency you have shown during this past year, adjusting with us to the protocols necessary to keep everyone safe. We are grateful to you for having enriched our lives, while also helping our community businesses thrive. It has been our privilege to watch you grow, both personally and professionally. Wishing you all success for a healthy and prosperous future.


Krystle Grimaldi
Director, Research & Innovation

*Follow the link below for a list of R&I students over the past year who are now Niagara College graduates.
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Niagara College's Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC) team specializes in engineering design, 3D technologies, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing. We work with Southern Ontario businesses to bring ideas to life – from quick turn-around services to full-scale projects – utilizing leading-edge technology, including equipment and software.


Powering longer charges

Soaring gas prices and emissions targets are paving the way for electric vehicles to become more mainstream. But while they may be good for the planet, electric vehicles aren't without their shortcomings, including being unable to drive long distances without having to stop to recharge.

Learn about how we have helped one company advance in this area.


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HandyScan earns its name for industry

It looks like something a gamer would keep in their repertoire to edge out the competition in a hard fought, virtual battle. 

But while the Creaform HandyScan won't help anyone rid the video game world of bad guys, it certainly gives the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC) and its industry partners a leg up over others.

The HandyScan is much like its name suggests. The handheld, metrology-grade 3D scanner can be used in reverse engineering to accurately capture objects and use the data to generate CAD models and drawings that businesses can use to manufacture new parts and ensure equipment meets proper specifications. Learn how WAMIC and partners are putting this technology to use.
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Expertise embodied by versatility

It doesn’t say it on any of her degrees or professional credentials, but Amal Driouich is a versatile engineer.

In title, she’s technically an industrial engineer who recently earned her Professional Engineer (P.Eng) designation. But to be an industrial engineer, Driouich had to take courses in civil, electrical, chemical, software and mechanical engineering. She also had to study accounting, finance and project management – all to become the whole, versatile engineer package who can optimize or design systems, improve processes, manage resources, projects, and stakeholders to achieve the desired outcomes.
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In this monthly feature, we profile one of the many Niagara College graduates who gained
valuable industry experience working with us before gaining employment.

Co-op opportunity solidified team work benefits

Elzo Honorato graduated from the Computer Programming Analysis (Co-op) program at Niagara College in 2021. While in school he was employed with the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC), earning experience working on projects with external industry partners. Today, he is a data consultant with Newcomp Analytics. Learn about his journey to employment.
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Businesses reap benefits of RBC program

Just as businesses impacted by the global pandemic need to navigate a new economy and reimagine their offerings creatively, graduates entering this new workforce need to be prepared for this ever-changing landscape.
A Canadian-wide initiative called the RBC Future Launch program aims to provide opportunities to help students gain practical, real-world experience to help prepare them for this shifting environment.
Through Research & Innovation’s Business & Commercialization Solutions (BCS) innovation centre at Niagara College, both the students and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are reaping the benefits of this program. Learn more in the link below.
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Is it your turn for business innovation with R&I?

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is currently offering small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) a way to advance their product development, improve their performance or take an innovative leap forward, thanks to government funding from various sources, and service opportunities available with our Innovation Centres.

We can help solve your innovation challenges related to technology adoption, in the sectors of:
             •  advanced manufacturing                                       •  food & beverage
             •  horticulture/greenhouse technologies            •  business & commercialization

The Niagara College team of expert faculty, students and researchers from our Innovation Centres will work with businesses to access resources to address technology and innovation challenges.
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GTN: Look what's growing

Exciting news for the Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN) may  found on the website: offers a one-stop online hub that compiles the incredible capabilities to help grow innovation for Ontario’s greenhouse industry.

Do you qualify for government funding for innovation projects geared at advancing the greenhouse industry in southern Ontario? Learn more in the link below.
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SONAMI here for advanced manufacturing innovation

If your company would like to develop new products or services by accessing state-of-the-art equipment, tools, services and expertise, then the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI) is here to help. SONAMI is a network of eight post-secondary institutions that pools the resources and expertise of its members and matches them to the needs of smaller manufacturers.

SONAMI’s network is expanding, and project intake is ongoing. Eligible projects should be focused on new product development with an eye to commercialization. The product may be at any stage of development when the project begins.

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Manager, Business Development

Reporting to the Associate Director, Research & Innovation, the successful candidate leads the growth of applied research projects and technical services in all forms, for the Research & Innovation division, including recruiting for and facilitating connections of industry and community partners to the Research & Innovation division and academic areas for course-based project work.

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 24th .
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Advanced Manufacturing Scientist
– Product Innovation and Manufacturing Research

Working in collaboration with the WAMIC Manager, the Research Project Manager, and the Research Laboratory Technologist, the incumbent is responsible for providing internal technical lead for all 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design activities, and other advanced manufacturing technical services and/or applied research activities, as assigned.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30th .
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Research Grants & Contracts Officer

Reporting to the Manager, Finance Operations & Compliance, the successful candidate will provide support to the Research & Innovation division and its Innovation Centres by coordinating, monitoring and finalizing various administrative details.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30th.
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If you would like to discuss project possibilities in food & beverage innovation, agri-food, advanced manufacturing, or precision agriculture and related technologies, contact:

Elizabeth Best
Business Development Coordinator
905-641-2252 ext. 4287


Niagara College's Research & Innovation division
provides real-world solutions for business, key industry sectors and the community through applied research and knowledge transfer activities.

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