Lambton College, Research Park Sign MOU in Commitment to Continued Collaboration

SARNIA, December 1, 2020 - Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park have solidified their successful long-standing partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines their collaborative initiatives.

Lambton College, and in particular its Research & Innovation department, has been actively working with the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park since 2008 in various capacities to support Sarnia-Lambton's economic and diversification goals.

The collaboration assists both entities to achieve their missions to serve Sarnia-Lambton, the region, and the Province of Ontario. The partnership supports local and regional industry with expertise, infrastructure and technical services through the execution and promotion of projects with industry, along with the commercialization of new technologies.

Additionally, the partnership aims to support the recruitment of new businesses to Sarnia-Lambton and diversification of the economy in collaboration with other key players, including Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and economic development groups.

Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park are also establishing training programs and initiatives to meet labour market skill gaps.

“The relationship between Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park has been critical to the growth of research and innovation activities in our community and the recent development of the Memorandum of Understanding will provide clear pathways moving forward to support the community's efforts to drive innovation, fill skill shortage gaps and attract new companies and industry to Sarnia-Lambton,” said Dr. Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Vice President, Research & Innovation, Lambton College.

As an example of the positive impact this partnership has fostered, Forward Water Technologies Inc. (FWT) chose to locate their micro-pilot-unit (MPU) at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park upon receiving investment from Research Park tenant, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. FWT's pre-commercial development scale-up of a proprietary forward osmosis technology produces fresh water through low-energy desalination and demineralization. Previously located in Mississauga, FWT was introduced to the region in 2018 through a partnership with the College's Lambton Water Centre.

Further, Western Phytoceutica Inc. (WPC), a small company spun-off from Western University, based themselves at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in 2013 to extend their R&D and commercialization work. Since its establishment at the Research Park, WPC has collaborated on multiple projects with Lambton College's Research & Innovation department. In addition to these research projects, Lambton College also partnered with the WPC to create a natural health product research laboratory located at the Research Park, specifically focused on advancing natural health products and technologies. A second spin off company, Jing Jing, was developed through these local activities. Jing Jing is currently collaborating with Lambton College to develop high quality ginseng-based kombuchas by incorporating ginseng and other complementary ingredients into their kombucha formulation.

“The Park's strong collaborative relationship with Lambton College results in unique offerings to our Research Park tenants. The College provides the applied research skills required by our Commercialization Centre tenants to fulfill their commercialization goals for successful process and product development. This MOU confirms Lambton College's role as a key partner of the Park to foster our innovation ecosystem and promote regional economic growth,” said Dr. Katherine Albion, Executive Director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

Lambton College currently ranks as the #3 Research College in Canada and was recently named the Silver recipient of the Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award on behalf of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Lambton College has won six awards from CICan in the last five years for research excellence.

The Western-Sarnia-Lambton Research Park was created in November 2003 with the inception of the County of Lambton Community Development Corporation (CLCDC), owned by the County of Lambton. The Research Park manages and operates the property owned by the CLCDC. It boasts 270,000 sq. ft. of leasable space. In addition to its labs and research facilities, it is home to a number of high-profile tenants including NOVA Chemicals, Enbridge, the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, and Worley.

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

Katherine Albion
Executive Director
Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
Telephone: 519-383-8303 ext. 240

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