Lambton College Establishes New Information Technology & Communication Research Centre


January 10, 2019

SARNIA, January 10, 2019 – Lambton College is pleased to announce it has added another world-class centre to its expanding roster of specialty research labs, facilities, and expert resources.

The newly established Information Technology & Communication Research Centre (ITCRC), is the result of seven years of carrying out collaborative projects within the industry and is funded by a $2M NSERC College and Community Innovation Program - Innovation Enhancement Grant.

The latest Centre to be developed under the direction of the Applied Research & Innovation department was designed to align with national and provincial innovation strategies. The Centre also supports regional opportunities as Sarnia-Lambton strategically positions itself to build capacity to contribute to the emerging sector by establishing its own Digital Technology and IT Cluster.

“There have been several major innovations in digital technology and communications in recent years, and this new Centre will be a catalyst for development of the skills required to meet the needs of Industry 4.0, both in our community and around the globe,” says Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “In addition to providing a foundation for specialized education and training, the centre will further allow our College to assert our position as a leader in Applied Research, showcasing our knowledge, expertise and capabilities in this changing global economy.”

“This new Centre is a welcome addition to Lambton College and will further support industry with applied research and technological development by providing research facilities and expertise through students, staff and faculty,” says Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Executive Dean, Applied Research & Innovation at Lambton College. “In addition to allowing the College to educate highly qualified personnel and enhance current IT programming, this initiative will also stimulate economic development through technology transfer to partners and allow our region to capitalize on this growing market.”

The new Centre means that Lambton College can now provide advanced expertise in areas such as software engineering, app development, data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Data Science, Data Security, Internet of Things, and Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Sheikhzadeh says the ITCRC has already attracted eleven projects in partnership with industry and will also benefit from collaboration with local organizations including Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership and Sarnia Lambton Research Park to develop more projects, bring new and improved technologies to market, and consequently, generate economic impact in region.

In the past seven years, Lambton has collaborated with 130 companies on more than 110 projects and services on IT and Communication subjects and in doing so has built significant expertise and more than $500k in infrastructure. These projects have garnered involvement of more than 20 faculty, 140 students, 30 graduates who have worked directly with industry partners.

Currently, more than 70 per cent of these collaborative projects are being conducted with non-local businesses and has helped identify Lambton College as a place for applied research, development and access to high quality personnel. Some of these companies have already begun discussions with local incubators and organizations to relocate partially or completely to Sarnia-Lambton.


For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca