Belleville, Ontario, October 5, 2021 – Loyalist College and GreenCentre Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support innovation in sustainable chemistry and advanced materials.
Together, Loyalist College and GreenCentre Canada will establish an integrated services model that will respond to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with a focus on accelerated technology development and reduced commercialization timelines.
This partnership supports Loyalist College’s strategic cluster-based approach to applied research, which enables students and community partners to develop and grow across multiple disciplines. In particular, it will enhance the College’s Bio Economy, Agritech (Food, Pharmaceutical and Natural Products) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) clusters.
By fostering regional growth and entrepreneurship, Loyalist College and GreenCentre Canada will leverage their combined resources, expertise and networks to provide industry clients with a broad spectrum of services and funding opportunities. This partnership will also lead to strengthened business relationships between their respective networks.
“GreenCentre Canada is pleased to work collaboratively with Loyalist College to integrate our complementary capabilities and advance companies in the region. Our combined services will accelerate their technologies’ time to market and lead to growth in regional employment opportunities.”
– Dr. Andrew Pasternak, Executive Director, GreenCentre Canada
“As we emerge from the pandemic, Loyalist College recognizes that supporting economic development while fostering sustainable solutions for a circular economy is more important now than ever. That’s why we are committed to collaborating with local partners like GreenCentre Canada who are recognized leaders in their field for transforming innovations from start-ups, SMEs and multinationals into valued products, processes and services.”
– Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President and CEO, Loyalist College
Based in Kingston, GreenCentre Canada is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to support the growth of chemical and material start-ups, SMEs, and multinationals by transforming their innovations into valued products, processes, and services. GreenCentre Canada provides a full suite of technical services including product validation, process development, application testing, and scale-up support.
Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges and #1 in the country for industry research income as a percentage of total research income, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2018-19 graduates, 88.8 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.7 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $382 million annually to the regional economy – based on a March 2020 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit YoureGoingPlaces.com.
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