Northern College is celebrating the opening of its first innovation hub, at its Timmins campus.
It allows students to experience companies researching, developing and testing innovations – for the mining industry, for example.
Jeff Molyneaux is vice-chair of the college’s board of governors. He calls the 23-thousand-square-foot hub one of a kind.
“It’s a state of the art space designed to hone the skills and perspectives of young minds, eager to make their mark in the chosen fields and on the world,” he told the gathering at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“It is a sign that Northern College strives to provide innovation and commercialization services that enable entrepreneurs and researchers to create products with the capacity to break into local and even international markets.”
Among its many capabilities is research into battery technology, which is vital to the move away from gas-burning cars.
Partial funding comes from Agnico Eagle – the former Kirkland Lake Gold – and FedNor, the arm of the federal government tasked with developing the Northern Ontario economy.