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ERIC Number: ED524005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Catalysts of Economic Innovation: Building on the Applied Research Capacity of Ontario Colleges. ACAATO Document
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario
Ontario's economic productivity, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century depend on investments in three critical areas: highly qualified people, ideas (research and development), and the adoption and diffusion of new technologies. Compared to many other jurisdictions, Ontario is underutilizing its college system's potential to contribute to enhancing Ontario's capacity in all three of these key areas. Ontario colleges already contribute significantly to the development of highly qualified, entrepreneurial personnel. They are committed to building their capacity to contribute to the creation, adoption and diffusion of new technologies through applied R&D and workplace innovation activities. Applied research in colleges bridges the gap between publicly-funded research and its practical and industrial application. Through applied research and innovation activities, Ontario colleges enhance the competitiveness and productivity of Ontario firms "and" provide advanced training opportunities, thus meeting the changing needs of firms and organizations in key sectors of Ontario's economy. Looking ahead to needs of the economy through to 2011, Ontario colleges seek to increase their future contributions to economic competitiveness and a high performing society by strengthening and expanding their capacity to perform applied R&D and innovation. The goal of Ontario's colleges in the applied research, innovation and commercialization field is not to duplicate efforts, but to increase collaboration among all postsecondary institutions, industry, organizational partners and government to stimulate innovation to the greatest extent possible. The recommendations contained in this report represent a critical first step in a multi-year strategy to expand the role of colleges as catalysts for applied R&D and innovation that will enable Ontario to better meet its needs for increased productivity and prosperity in the 21st century. Appended are: (1) Examples of Applied Research Initiatives at Ontario Colleges Relevant to Provincial Investment Priorities; (2) Examples of Ontario College Applied Research/Commercialization Partners; and (3) Examples of Policy Approaches to Facilitate College Research in Other Canadian Jurisdictions. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 11 notes.)
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario. Available from: Colleges Ontario. 20 Bay Street Suite 1600, Toronto, Canada M5J 2N8. Tel: 647-258-7670; Fax: 647-258-7699; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario (ACAATO) (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada