Centennial Innovates 2023: Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Centennial Innovates 2023: Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Driving Sustainable Innovation: Reimagine, Rebuild, Revolutionize

By Centennial Innovates

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Date and time

Fri, Jun 2, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM EDT


Centennial College - Events Centre (Progress Campus) 937 Progress Avenue 8th Floor Toronto, ON M1G 3T8 Canada


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Light Breakfast & Networking

Coffee, tea (oat milk available), pastries and fresh fruit.

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Centennial Innovates: An Introduction

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Jonathan Hack, Dean, ARIES

9:25 AM - 9:30 AM

Our Day Ahead

Tim Doyle

Review of schedule, breakout sessions and introduction of keynote

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM

Keynote Speaker and Q&A

Josipa Petrunic, President & CEO, CUTRIC

10:05 AM - 10:15 AM

Refreshment Break

10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Innovation at Centennial: The Year in Review

Jonathan Hack, Dean, ARIES

10:25 AM - 10:50 AM

Key Research Accomplishments in 2022-23

Purnima Tyagi, Director, WIMTACH & Data Analytics

Eric Blaise, Director, Applied Research and Innovation

Wenzi Ckurshumova, Manager, Innovation & Research

Tim Doyle, Moderator

A conversation moderated by Tim Doyle with our research leaders Purnima Tyagi, Eric Blaise and Wenzi C on their 2022-23 key accomplishments and what they are looking forward to in 2024.

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

What does industry say about applied research?

Learn from our industry partners on their activities in applied research in 2022.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Skills for Tomorrow – Sustainable Entrepreneurship Video

Learn how our entrepreneurship programming fosters a sustainable entrepreneurial mindset to cultivate future skills and competencies.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Innovation in Entrepreneurship: A Conversation

Lalit Guglani, Manager, Business and Innovation Growth

Jonathan Hack, Dean, ARIES

A conversation with Lalit and Jonathan about the renewed design of Centennial College's entrepreneurship programs.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Skills Development Activity in Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

An experiential activity and demonstration of a design jam activity with the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM


Hot buffet lunch provided. Plant-based in alignment with sustainability theme.

1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Panel Discussion: Future Research Initiatives at Centennial

Nate Horowitz, Dean, SCMAD

Alan McClelland, Dean, SOT

Damian Goulbourne, Dean, SHTCA

Learn about the future research initiatives at Centennial's School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design (SCMAD), School of Transportation (SOT), and School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary A...

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Breakout Sessions

Purnima Tyagi, Director, WIMTACH & Data Analytics

Eric Blaise, Director, Applied Research and Innovation

Wenzi Ckurshumova, Manager, Innovation & Research

Breakout sessions on: (1) Showcasing our Applied Research and Innovation Fellowship (ARIF) projects; (2) Innovations in Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing; (3) Innovations in Medical Technology, Soci...

2:20 PM - 2:25 PM

Transition Video

2:25 PM - 2:45 PM

Keynote Speaker

Milos Popovic, Director, KITE Research Institute, UHN

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM

Closing: The Importance of Innovation at Centennial College

Glen Lowry, Associate Vice President, Centennial College

2:55 PM - 3:00 PM


Jonathan Hack, Dean, ARIES

About this event

  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Join us at the 16th annual celebration of applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship at Centennial College!

The Centennial Innovates 2023 Symposium will showcase the excellent work done by our innovators in diverse fields encompassing aerospace, advanced manufacturing, medical health and technology, explainable data, energy, transportation, social innovation, and sustainable impact entrepreneurship. This year's theme is Driving Sustainable Innovation: Reimagine, Rebuild, Revolutionize, focused on sustainability and highlighting the urgent need to imbed it within innovation.

According to Colleges & Institutes Canada, applied research is at the center of the 2030 Agenda for a sustainable future. The Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship department at Centennial College manages the institution's applied research and entrepreneurial activities, and maps each of them to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are leading sustainable innovation across the college and beyond, with 7 key areas of research and entrepreneurship: Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Medical Health Technologies, Sustainable Energy Systems, Transportation, Social Innovation, Explainable Data, and Entrepreneurship.

Connect with Centennial College faculty, staff and students, network with funding agencies, and engage in conversation with industry partners on how academia and industry can collaborate to advance sustainable innovation and the SDGs!

This event is in-person at the state-of-the-art Event Centre at Progress Campus, and free. Complementary coffee/tea, snacks, and a hot buffet lunch will be provided for those who register in advance.

Introducing our keynote speakers:

Josipa Petrunic is the President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She is leading the formulation of several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation and “smart vehicles” innovation, including the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial, the Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration & Integration Trial, and the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project.

Dr. Petrunic has built up CUTRIC’s consortium to include more than 130 private and public sector companies and organizations across Canada. Previously, she served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University, and as a senior research fellow in the history and philosophy of mathematics at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom in Science and Technology Studies. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University. In 2018, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by Bloomberg News and Canada’s Top Clean 50. In 2019, she was named Aspioneer Top 10 Influential Women Leaders. In 2020, she received an award in WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards for her role in the Science and Technology industry.

Josipa's keynote will focus on sustainability-focused innovation in public transportation and how decarbonization of public transit will help Canada achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Milos Popovic is the Director of KITE Research Institute at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network. He is also a Professor (Tenured) in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Popovic is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is the co-founder and director of (i) MyndTec; (ii) the CentRe for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA) at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto; (iii) the CRANIA Neuromodulation Institute at the University of Toronto; and (iv) the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Popovic is also the founder of FabrIc-Based REsearch (FIBRE) Platform and the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory, both located at the KITE Research Institute. Dr. Popovic held the Toronto Rehab Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research appointment from 2007 until 2017.

Connect with him!

Twitter: @MilosRPopovic





Learn how Centennial Innovates!

You will get to know the diverse innovation activities that happen at Centennial College, including:

You will hear from:

  • Jonathan Hack, Dean, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Eric Blaise, Director, Applied Research and Innovation
  • Dr. Purnima Tyagi, Director, WIMTACH, Data Analytics and Digital Health Technologies
  • Dr. Wenzi Ckurshumova, Manager, Research and Innovation
  • Lalit Guglani, Manager, Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Daniel Huizenga, Manager, Social Innovation Research
  • Nate Horowitz, Dean, School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
  • Alan McClelland, Dean, School of Transportation
  • Damian Goulbourne, Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts

About Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Centennial College:

The Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship department at Centennial College leads high-quality, innovative research and entrepreneurial activity aligned with the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn more about us here: https://www.centennialcollege.ca/about-centennial/centres-and-institutes/applied-research-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-services

About the organizer

Centennial is one of Canada's top colleges for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Leading Centennial’s innovation activities is Centennial Innovates - the department of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We bring together multiple research centres and entrepreneurship activity with a physical presence in three of Centennial’s five campuses. In this integrated form, we serve dozens of industry partners each year, helping them to solve research-related challenges and grow their businesses.

With our new research initiatives, we strengthen our commitment to addressing the changing world of work. Our research seeks to recognize the issues facing our community, and to champion issues faced by marginalized groups – pushing the limits of what a college can do. We map all of our activities to the global canvass of sustainability as defined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Our entrepreneurship activities focus on both social entrepreneurship and traditional entrepreneurship offerings, and are also mapped against the UN SDG framework. We also support established business ventures through our business innovation and growth program.
  • Our applied research activities focus on real world solutions for industry partners and our community. Our impact is directed on then embedding research project outcomes into curricula, to provide students with the most up-to-date skills needed to excel in their careers.
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