St. Clair College made the list of Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges in 2020.
The annual ranking by Research Infosource Inc., is based on the amount of research grants colleges receive, along with contracts and contributions from third parties. St. Clair came in at number 50, making the list this year for the first time.
"I feel honoured that our research efforts have been recognized in Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges," said Peter Wawrow, Director of Applied Research and Development at St. Clair College. "It is validation that the efforts we have made over the past couple of years are now starting to pay off."
St. Clair received a total of $702,852 in sponsored research, with almost $487,000 of that in grants and contributions, and more than $216,000 of in-kind support.
Wawrow said St. Clair received several small research grants, along with a couple of larger grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the provincial government. The majority of gifts in-kind were donated by corporate sources.
"This is the result of a couple of years of developing relationships with industry partners, resulting in more projects for the College," Wawrow said.
Waseem Habash, the College's Vice President, Academic, said St. Clair's goal is to support industry in their quest to constantly improve while helping students learn about new technology first hand. "They both benefit from research," Habash said. "The conduit is our faculty and they deserve credit for passing on their expertise."
There are 13 faculty members who are involved in research projects, along with 10 contract researchers and 81 paid students.
"It puts St. Clair College on the map for research and gives us an opportunity to build our research capacity," Wawrow said.