London, Ontario, July 29, 2019 – On Thursday, July 11, 2019, the Honourable François-Philippe
Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Vance Badawey,
Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution
of $14 million to expand the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing
Innovation (SONAMI). This initiative, spearheaded by Niagara College, includes the
expertise and facilities of Fanshawe College, Mohawk College, Sheridan College,
McMaster University, Conestoga College and Lambton College.
With new funding, SONAMI will expand through the addition of three new post-secondary
institutions and allow companies to connect to a broader range of expertise and
knowledge in areas such as bio-industrial manufacturing, green product manufacturing
and "Industry 4.0" technologies, including digitally enabled and intelligent manufacturing.
Fanshawe College will receive $1.1 million over five years to support regional manufacturers
in their pursuit of innovative and forward-thinking processes.
It is expected that the growing network will provide technical knowledge and expertise
to another 240 businesses over five years as they work to commercialize new products
and improve productivity. The project will create and maintain 552 permanent jobs
and provide skills training and development for up to 360 students and researchers,
preparing young Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
"Fanshawe is excited to partner with the SONAMI network and looks forward to supporting
the research and innovation needs of our industry partners," says Dan Douglas, dean
for the Centre of Research and Innovation at Fanshawe College.
Industry partners interested in accessing expertise and discussing project ideas
relating to testing and validation or in the areas of additive manufacturing, flexible
manufacturing, high productivity manufacturing and industrial internet are encouraged
to connect with The Centre for Research and Innovation at Fanshawe College.
About Fanshawe's Centre for Research and Innovation
The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) is Fanshawe College's Research Office
and Industry Innovation Centre (IIC). CRI links industry, business and community
partners with Fanshawe student and faculty researchers to develop research and innovation
projects and programs and serves as the College's liaison to external funders.
About FedDev Ontario
FedDev Ontario delivers programs and services to support innovation and economic
growth in southern Ontario—Canada's most populous region. They are a federal institution
that is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio.