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August 21, 2013

Red Deer College Named One of Alberta’s Top 25 Innovators

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Red Deer College’s recent recognition as one of Alberta’s Top 25 Innovators is a clear indication that the College is on the right path as it seeks to provide much needed support to industry innovators throughout the province, says RDC President and CEO Joel Ward.

Earlier in the month, RDC was named as one of Alberta’s Top 25 Most Innovative Organizations by Alberta Venture Magazine.

“A key part of our vision as an institution is to directly contribute to the economic, social and cultural well-being of our region,” says Ward. “It is crucial that we are able to support small and medium enterprise with the creative and technical capacity to develop prototypes so companies can bring new products and services to the global market.”

The Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing at RDC highlights how post-secondary institutions are collaborating effectively under the Campus Alberta model by supporting Alberta research and innovation to support industry. “Providing creative and design elements to the manufacturing process make us unique and innovative,” says Eric Kokko, Director of Applied Research and Innovation. Recent innovations on campus at the College have resulted in numerous patented and patent-pending products that were prototyped through multiple iterations and are now on market or will be delivered to markets locally and around the world.

RDC is strategically positioned to further develop an environment in Alberta where applied research and innovation flourishes and will be a key connecting point where learning, research and business can collaborate.

Strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along the busy corridor of Queen Elizabeth II Highway, RDC’s the Centre for Innovation and Manufacturing is located in the Four Centres on its main campus which also houses the Centre for Trades and Technology, the Centre for Corporate Training and the Centre for Visual Art. Designed with collaboration in mind, the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing is a place where students, faculty and staff at RDC work on innovative projects with organizations and businesses throughout the province.

“RDC is perfectly situated to provide needed support to business and industry and we are pleased that word is spreading throughout the province of our capacity to innovate,” says Ward. “We welcome partnerships and believe that if you can imagine a product, we can help create it.”

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