Year in Review
2020 - 2021
And everything in between.
2020-2021 marked a year of unprecedented change and innovation at IDEAWORKS. It was a year that brought a lot of success to the team but also a lot of difficult moments, as our faculty, students and staff researchers faced personal and professional challenges due to COVID-19.
Like many in the Canadian applied research community, IDEAWORKS’s expertise was put to use as part of the COVID-19 response, as we worked with hospitals to 3D print face shields and with schools to help improve classroom ventilation.
We also continued to grow. We welcomed a new applied research centre to IDEAWORKS: the Centre for Climate Change Management (CCCM). CCCM helps regions transition to a low-carbon economy by partnering with municipal, industry and community partners to catalyze climate change interventions.
In Fall 2020, our Energy & Power Innovation Centre expanded its services by launching as a Technology Access Centre (TAC) that can help manufacturers address energy and other resource challenges. The launch of the TAC was made possible by a multi-million dollar investment by the federal government in Mohawk College research initiatives.
And finally, IDEAWORKS celebrated a milestone in December 2020 when we ranked fourth in Canada for applied research, according to RE$EARCH Infosource. Being named one of the top research colleges in the country reflects our impressive track record of successful projects, but more importantly, it reflects that we have been successful in helping hundreds of companies embrace innovative new ways of doing and thinking.
Preparing for an innovative future.
- Mohawk College is acting on a commitment to building principles of equity, diversity and inclusion into all areas of academic and research activities.
- IDEAWORKS Research Chair in Building Sustainability, Dr. Tony Cupido, joined the Workforce 2030, a national coalition dedicated to helping the construction workforce build new skills and recruit talent.
Collaboration is key.
- A new network that includes IDEAWORKS is poised to help 100 healthcare companies accelerate their growth: we joined the Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem (SOPHIE).
- The Centre for Climate Change Management is playing a key role in the Mohawk-led Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery to tackle climate change and a green recovery.
Building knowledge across Canada.
- Our virtual conferences, FHIR North and 3D in Action helped Canadian companies learn more about current trends and opportunities in digital health and additive manufacturing.
- The ICF webinar series showcased new research from a wide range of Mohawk experts. And former IDEAWORKS co-op students are known locally as the go-to source for student talent.
Faculty and staff researchers
Students engaged in applied research
Industry, government and academic research partnerships
In total research revenue
*Numbers for partnership, faculty researchers, technical staff, students engaged, and total research revenue reflect the most recently available numbers from the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Thank you to our funding partners for their support of many of our applied research projects.