College Research Activity Steady, Lambton College Heads National Ranking

November 6, 2018

SARNIA, November 6, 2018 -- Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges reported $197.9 million of research income in Fiscal 2017, according to Research Infosource Inc., which released its annual ranking last week. With $11.4 million of research income, Ontario’s Lambton College led the Top 50. George Brown College ($11.1 million), NAIT – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology ($9.9 million), Cégep de Trois-Rivières ($8.3 million) and Sheridan College ($8.3 million) rounded out the top 5 institutions. Cégep de Jonquière and St. Lawrence College joined the Top 50 this year.

Altogether, the Top 50 colleges reported completing a total of 2,309 research projects in Fiscal 2017, compared with 2,777 in Fiscal 2016, a decline of -16.9%. Colleges reported that 3,173 faculty, researchers and technicians were involved in research, compared with 2,396 in Fiscal 2016. In addition, the number of students paid to perform research rose to 2,653 in Fiscal 2017 from 2,130 the year before.

Research income from industry sources rose to $42.8 million in Fiscal 2017 from $41.3 million the prior year.

In addition to being the national leader, Lambton College also took the top provincial spot for the second time in its 10 year history, and ranked #1 in Canada for the number of paid research students (students involved in applied research projects that were paid for their work) at a medium-sized college for the third year in a row. The College recorded total engagement of 144 paid applied research students for the ranking period, and involved an additional 71 faculty, researcher assistants and technicians across 125 research partnerships over that same timeframe.

"Lambton College has had another year of excellent research performance,” said Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc. “Lambton's research income total is especially noteworthy because it is a medium-size institution that performs on par with its larger counterparts."

“To be ranked as the number one research college in the country is a huge honour for Lambton College, and a true testament to the incredible efforts of our researchers, faculty, students and staff involved with our many projects,” said Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “It has taken vision and purpose to get us to where we are today, and to be named Canada’s top research college reinforces our commitment to continue to provide innovative solutions for our partners, and experiential learning opportunities for our students to work on collaborative projects with local SMEs and industries, where they gain advanced and practical expertise.”

“Ranking as the number one research college in Canada is exceptional news for Lambton College, our partners and our community!” said Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Executive Dean, Applied Research & Innovation at Lambton College. “Our College has seen tremendous growth and national success in this area, much of which can be contributed to our world-class faculty and staff, leading-edge infrastructure and a highly collaborative culture that aims to develop exceptional innovations and enable bold ideas. We plan to build off this success to continue developing new collaborations and research initiatives, while expanding our research activities nationally and internationally.”

Lambton College’s Applied Research Department was formed in 2007. Since then, the College has received close to $36 million in funding from federal and provincial agencies.

Through applied research and innovation, the College has helped develop more than 60 new prototypes, 20 pilot plants and 300 new/improved processes, technologies and services.

To learn more about the Applied Research & Innovation department, past and current projects, or to inquire about partnership opportunities, visit

About Research Infosource Inc.

Research Infosource Inc. is Canada's source of R&D intelligence. Drawing from proprietary databases, Research Infosource publishes Canada’s Innovation Leaders, which includes Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders, Canada's Top 50 Research Universities, Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals and Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges. As well, Research Infosource publishes specialized reports and The Innovation Atlas of Canada™ – a web-based research and innovation mapping and data information product.

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