IDEAWORKS Year in Review 2019 - 2020


Year in Review


Research. Solutions.
And everything in between. 

In 2019-2020, IDEAWORKS continued to build upon the college's commitment to collaboration and partnership with our community.  Under the leadership of our new Dean of Applied Research, Jeffrey McIsaac, Mohawk faculty, staff and student researchers helped 129 partners develop practical and innovative solutions that would make a difference within their organizations.

We continued to grow in our reputation as a hub for Canadian applied research and in recognition of that strength and in 2019 Mohawk College was named the seventh-top research college in the country, according to RE$EARCH Infosource. Our top-10 ranking reflects our strategic commitment to engaging in research and innovation that accelerates Canadian and global innovation, drives the commercialization of new products and technologies and creates professional and research opportunities for our students.

2019-2020 Highlights

We announced two new research chairs

Dr. Esteve Hassan was appointed the Industrial Research Chair for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Applications after being awarded $1 million in applied research funding from NSERC. Dr. Tony Cupido was appointed the Research Chair in Sustainability, leading a research portfolio focused on projects that will contribute to a low-carbon economy.

We expanded our research expertise

We established the new Medical Technologies Innovation Centre. Based at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences, this new research centre focuses on bridging the gap between technology and clinical care. We also expanded into new, emerging research areas that are in high demand, including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (Drones), Digital Accessibility and AR/VR.

We accelerated Canadian and global innovation

We continue to drive commercialization through industry access to exceptional facilities and world-class technologies, thanks to our funding partners: NSERC, SSHRC, OCE and Fed Dev. For start-ups, not-for-profits and academic partners, the IDEAWORKS Catalyst Fund provided funding to support 19 innovative applied research and scholarship of teaching and learning projects

Medical Technologies Innovation Centre, Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Energy and Power Innovation CentreResearch and Innovation Centre, mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre

In numbers*



Faculty Researchers



Students engaged in applied research

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Technical staff involved in research

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$9.1 million

In total research revenue

Our partners*

129 total active research partnerships

  • 83 industry partners
  • 26 academic partners
  • 11 not-for-profit organizations
  • 7 government partners
  • 2 international partners

Partner graph: 129 Total active research partnerships

Funding partners

Many of our industry and community applied research projects are made possible thanks to the support of our funding partners.


NSERC          Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council         OCE

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* Numbers for partnership, faculty researchers, technical staff, students engaged, and total research revenue reflect the most recently available numbers from the 2017/18 fiscal year.


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