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: energy and environment; construction; bioeconomy; health and care; digital economy; manufacturing; and business, productivity and entrepreneurship that, together, impact over 90% of the province’s economy.

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 seven 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.

Applied BioNanotechnology Industrial Research (ABNIR)

The ABNIR 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.


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

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

Construction and Trades

Alberta's construction industry plays a key role in the provincial economy and employs a highly skilled workforce. In addition to infrastructure, commercial and residential construction, the industry works closely with Alberta’s resource sectors, providing globally unique expertise in winter construction practices, pipeline design, and oil, gas and oil sands development.

Construction Innovation

The Centre for Construction Innovation enhances productivity and global competitiveness driven by the design, modularized assembly and testing of new, industrialized approaches to infrastructure.

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.

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.

Research Chair: Dr. Krista Uggerslev

Dr. Uggerslev is the Applied Research Chair in Leadership and Talent. Krista holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary.

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.

Health and Care

Small- and mid-sized health-technology businesses want to develop and move knowledge from research to market more effectively.

NAIT’s programs offer industry partners expertise in areas like diagnostic imaging, laboratory technology, emergency medical technician training and dental health. Our state of the art simulation facilities enable companies to test their products in a clinical setting in silico and in live simulations. Other areas of focus include information and communications technology-focused rehabilitation technologies, health informatics, improved health and safety in the trades, and healthcare delivery operational efficiency.

Building on five years of collaboration on rehabilitation technologies, serious-gaming applications and assistive device design, NAIT and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital have formalized a multi-year Strategic Applied Collaborative Research Agreement associated with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research, Innovation and Technology Hub.

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

A partnership with CAE Healthcare has made NAIT's Simulation Centre unique in Canada

Oct. 25, 2018

Drop by Drop

How NAIT followed the blood to find new efficiencies for Alberta Health

Centre for Advanced Medical Simulation

The Simulation Centre at NAIT is a state-of-the-art interactive and interdisciplinary centre that gives students the opportunity to practice clinical situations in a safe and controlled environment.

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.

Business and Entrepreneurship

Alberta’s increasingly competitive business environment means industry players need to continuously hone their entrepreneurial skills. On both the provincial and national levels, businesses face increased globalization, fast-paced technological change and limited financial and managerial resources.

Research Chair: Dr. Krista Uggerslev

Dr. Uggerslev is the Applied Research Chair in Leadership and Talent. Krista holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary.

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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.

Emerging Research Areas

We are actively working to expand research support in a variety of industry sectors. Our proposed centres enhance our commitment to sustainability, growth and diversification providing a new field of economic activity and a competitive advantage for our province and its industries.

Chemicals and Fuels

The Centre for Chemicals and Fuels will support industry partners in developing new chemical products, technologies, processes and engineering methods to build on value-added industry opportunities.

Sustainable Water Solutions

The Centre for Sustainable Water Solutions will provide expertise for companies requiring validation and development of products that help treat, measure and optimize water usage.

Advanced Manufacturing

The Centre for Advanced manufacturing uses innovations like 3D printing and remote applications along with the integration of new technologies.

Construction Innovation

The Centre for Construction Innovation enhances productivity and global competitiveness driven by the design, modularized assembly and testing of new, industrialized approaches to infrastructure.

If you would like more information on our emerging research centres or to provide feedback and be included in our focus groups please reach out and contact our team.

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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