Managing through Emergency Situations: Research and Beyond and Digital Technology Adoption and Role of Research in College in the era of Fourth industrial Revolution (E/SI)

April 28, 2021 | 2:15 - 3:00

Track: Driving Innovation

Part 1: Managing through Emergency Situations: Research and Beyond

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, colleges suspended all non-essential research activities in accordance with the provincial government’s COVID-19 response framework. As this was truly an unprecedented circumstance, most Ontario colleges and institutes had limited plans and protocols in place for managing through emergency situations in general – even less for managing research, specifically – and were left to develop these in real time, on a case-by-case basis, with little guidance. Participants in this breakout session will discuss the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on their research enterprises, challenges, and opportunities in managing research through emergency situations, best practices in restarting non-essential research activities, and approaches to building resiliency into planning for future.

Part 2: Digital Technology Adoption and Role of Research in College in the era of Fourth industrial Revolution

The Fourth industrial revolution, with its stream of technologies, is impacting each sector, company, product and service differently. The digital transformation provides Canadian companies with their best chance to stay competitive and relevant in the years to come. The bottom line for these companies is that digital technology adoption isn’t optional, and the transformation can’t wait. Canadian companies’ future competitiveness and growth prospects are inextricably linked to their ability to seize the opportunities created by the rapidly evolving digital economy. In order to address this vital challenge to our industrial sectors, three following critical goals are recommended:
• promoting the rapid adoption and diffusion of digital technologies across all sectors of the economy;
• assisting companies that have demonstrated commercial potential to grow to a global scale;
• promoting the creation of businesses capable of developing disruptive technologies.

Colleges and institutes are playing a critical role to help Canadian industries adopt technologies by sharing their infrastructure and the expertise they have among their research staff, faculty and students. They are in a very unique position to provide this support because of their focus on the “applied” and “industrial” side of research. Lambton College alone has collaborated with more than 70 companies in the last 4 years to support their digital technology adoption projects.

Session Speakers

Dan Reilly

Senior Manager, Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt), Research & Innovation

George Brown College

Krista Holmes

Director, Research & Innovation

George Brown College

Mehdi Sheikhzadeh

Vice President, Research and Innovation

Lambton College

Yuchen Sun

Senior Program Manager, Research & Innovation

George Brown College