Applied Research

Collaborating to solve industry challenges

Our goal is to help industry foster new opportunities and enhance the province’s economic growth and development. We partner with industry to solve problems that matter to them, working to benefit Alberta’s key industry sectors.

Our focus is on helping industry adapt to rapidly changing environments, enhancing and adopting new technologies to foster economic benefits and competitiveness on a global scale.

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Industry Sectors

Our applied research solutions are industry driven, and move at the speed of business, with our partners holding the intellectual property. We are focused on supporting the societal and economic benefits of these major sectors of industry. The continued sustainability, growth and diversification of these major economic sectors is essential, as is the foundation they provide for new fields of economic activity and competitive advantage for our province and its industries.

2018 Industry Research Symposium
Research Chair Dr. Jean-Marie Sobze
Research Chair Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker

Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

Energy is the largest subsector of Canada’s economy and Alberta is central to the nation’s opportunity for providing long-term, reliable, and environmentally managed sources of energy for the global marketplace.

Alberta is home to some of the largest reserves of hydrocarbons and renewable resources in the world. The competitive cost for these resources as well as the technical expertise, innovative mindset, environmental awareness, and rapid scale-up potential, creates a climate for investments in the decarbonization of industrial processes that meet or exceed international climate change standards.

NAIT supports these vital drivers of Canada’s economy through skills development and applied research services that are essential to the energy industry.  We are committed to delivering first-class solutions that strengthen the provincial and national economy yet provide opportunities for global access to resource intelligence.  NAIT is a partner in energy and environmental sustainability, and we welcome the opportunity to challenge the way we see energy and value-add development today and identify new possibilities for the future.

Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability

The Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability is a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the art research lab staffed by an expert team of applied scientists, engineers and technicians.

Centre for Boreal Research

The Centre for Boreal Research is an innovative applied research facility in Peace River, 500 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, staffed with a team of research scientists and technicians.

Clean Technologies Team

The Clean Technologies research  team provides scientific expertise in the areas of clean technologies, chemical engineering, environmental science, and industrial microbiology.

Plastics Research in Action

The Plastics Research in Action partnership between NAIT and Inter Pipeline will advance the reuse and recycling of plastic in Canada and beyond.

Centre for Grid Innovation

The Centre for Grid Innovation offers technology development services, through a plug-and-play microgrid platform, to the distributed electricity sector.

Centre for Sensors and System Integration

A research centre funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Created to partner with small and medium enterprises seeking coordinated innovation development services.


Contact us

Deborah Pietrusik
Phone: 780.471.8365
Email: dpietrusik@nait.ca

Ryan Leskiw
Phone: 780.378.5352
Email: rleskiw@nait.ca

Digital Economy

This sector is based on digital computing technologies including platform-based business models, network effects and economies of scale. We seek to develop and expand strategies for innovations in platform and content. Develop prototypes, pilots, and proof-of-concept elements to improve product and market fit and develop a collaborative, cross-disciplinary community of practitioners across different media sectors.

Centre for Innovative Media

The centre works with industry to integrate, develop, and test prototypes across media platforms to develop products for the commercial market.

Centre for Sensors and System Integration

A research centre funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Created to partner with small and medium enterprises seeking coordinated innovation development services.

Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing innovations like 3D printing and remote applications are revolutionizing the industry. The integration of new technologies with traditional fabrication methods is changing both how manufacturing is done and what is being manufactured. NAIT’s applied research focus on advanced manufacturing builds on multidisciplinary expertise within the School of Skilled Trades, the School of Applied Sciences and Technology and our Campus Alberta partners.

Centre for Innovative Media

The centre works with industry to integrate, develop, and test prototypes across media platforms to develop products for the commercial market.

Centre for Sensors and System Integration

A research centre funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Created to partner with small and medium enterprises seeking coordinated innovation development services.

Bioeconomy

We have  established a reputation for applied research excellence in Energy and Environment and emerging capabilities focused on the province’s bioeconomic and bioindustrial sectors. Areas of projected growth include bio/nanotechnological applications for Western Canada’s renewable and non-renewable resource sectors, value-added products from forestry waste streams and epicurean innovation and novel agri-food opportunities.

Alberta’s bioeconomy is directly linked to the agriculture and forestry sector ,  providing a significant source of raw materials, including agriculture and forestry fibre.  Our projects focus on  the production of food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy from renewable, biological resources.

Research Chair: Dr. Jean-Marie Sobze

Dr. Jean-Marie Sobze is the Applied Research Chair in Plant and Seed Technologies, focused on developing practical technologies for plant propagation and seed delivery.

Research Chair: Paolo Mussone

Dr. Paolo Mussone is the Applied Bio/Nanotechnology Industrial Research Chair, working work with industry partners in the resource extraction, environmental remediation and bioeconomy sectors,

Centre for Culinary Innovation

The centre will support the development of new or improved food products, equipment and processes, with a focus on creating tangible value for our industry partners.

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Research Centres

NAIT’s applied research happens within our applied research centres and with our applied research chairs. Our centres align with the needs of the economy, providing relevant and timely solutions for new technologies, systems and products.

Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability

The Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability is a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the art research lab staffed by an expert team of applied scientists, engineers and technicians.

Centre for Sensors and System Integration

A research centre funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Created to partner with small and medium enterprises seeking coordinated innovation development services.

Centre for Innovative Media

The centre works with industry to integrate, develop, and test prototypes across media platforms to develop products for the commercial market.

Centre for Boreal Research

The Centre for Boreal Research is an innovative applied research facility in Peace River, 500 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, staffed with a team of research scientists and technicians.

Centre for Culinary Innovation

The centre will support the development of new or improved food products, equipment and processes, with a focus on creating tangible value for our industry partners.

Centre for Grid Innovation

The Centre for Grid Innovation offers technology development services, through a plug-and-play microgrid platform, to the distributed electricity sector.

Clean Technologies Team

The Clean Technologies research  team provides scientific expertise in the areas of clean technologies, chemical engineering, environmental science, and industrial microbiology.

What our clients say

“The Centre for Sensors and System Integration values the long term relationships they develop with industry, listening to our needs, and ensuring that they deliver an innovative solution that solves our specific problem.  We trust their commitment to quality, and their ability to deliver what they promise.”

Steven McDougall, President and CEO, Benchmark International

“NAIT has been instrumental in understanding our needs and goals and translating those into workable experiments. Their staff are knowledgeable, accessible and deliver on expectations.”

Robert Albricht, Senior Coordinator, Environmental Operations ConocoPhillips Canada