Focusing on Research and Development
The Research Park
The Research Park is a joint venture of the University of Western Ontario, the County of Lambton, and the City of Sarnia. The Park is operated by the University of Western Ontario. Staff at The Research Park works with businesses and industry to assess their innovation needs, access innovation resources, and works with them to unlock the innovation potential in their business, product, service, process, or idea.
The Research Park offers unprecedented resources, including;
- Leading research from The University of Western Ontario, one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, and other academic partners across the country and around the world
- The expertise of world-renowned scientists, engineers and scholars
- Talented undergraduates, graduate students, and experienced hires
- Cutting edge equipment, one-of-a-kind facilities and fully equipped labs
- Government grants, low cost services, venture capital, and other ways to maximize the return on innovation investments
- A growing community of innovative tenants and partners throughout the region
The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre
Canada's centre for the commercialization of large-scale industrial biotechnology is located at The Research Park. The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre (photo, left) provides companies access to labs and pilot plant facilities. Scientists are on site.
Toronto-based Woodland Biofuels Inc. is currently building a $10-million "cellulosic ethanol" pilot plant facility at the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre.
Other R & D in Sarnia-Lambton
Imperial Oil's Sarnia Research Centre houses 130 scientists, engineers, technologists and support staff are engaged in developing and improving lubricating oils and specialty products, carrying out crude oil analyses and providing technical support. The engine test lab provides a range of industry, standard and in-house tests, as well as customized tests to meet clients' specific needs.
Building on its history of more than 40 years of process technology leadership, Lambton College's Alternative (Sustainable) Energy Engineering Technology program provides theory and application skills in current and emerging energy technologies.
The College's Advanced Materials Engineering Research Lab (major sponsor Lanxess) is dedicated to the use of polymer and biodegradable materials and advanced manufacturing technologies.
Also at Lambton College, opened in late 2008, the Suncor Sustainability Centre is the hub for sustainability initiatives in the region. The Sustainability Centre is part of the industry-led Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, which brings together business, industry, and civic organizations with a shared vision of Sarnia-Lambton as a hybrid green community that is recognized worldwide.
The College's Centre for Advanced Process Technology provides training in leading edge process technologies and applications. Theory and applications are tested through dynamic simulations or processing of samples in the advanced technology laboratories.