In Chisasibi, on the eastern shore of James Bay, one of the applied research projects CISA has been working on involves developing innovative solutions food security issues in the region.

With partners including the Chisasibi Busines Service Center and the Cree Council of Health and Social Services of James Bay, the project looks to capture traditional Indigenous knowledge as it relates to food supply and find the best method of pre-serving and proliferating the often-intangible cultural heritage in order to support sustainable and culturally appropriate food systems in the region.

CISA’s agricultural social innovation focus extends to working with Gesterra, a company specializing in global management of waste materials, on a project to evaluate the social, environmental, and economic impacts of using composted materials in areas such as municipal landscape design and urban agriculture.

Another of CISA’s recently wrapped-up projects involved the development of a navigation system for a self-driving off-road agricultural vehicle.

One of 59 College Centres for the Transfer of Technology (CCTT). designated by the Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, CISA is an example of the type of facility that allows colleges and institutes to spearhead innovative research that benefits both industry and society.

Government of Canada investments in education infrastructure through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) have supported a large number of college and institute applied research facilities across the country, including the Cegep de Victoriaville who, last year, received $4.28M for the cegep’s Centre of Expertise and Knowledge Transfer in Organic Agriculture and Local Farming (CETAB).

AT THE CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION IN AGRICULTURE (CISA) AT THE CEGEP DE VICTORIAVILLE, STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY WORK WITH INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO FIND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS VIA APPLIED RESEARCH FOR THE AGRIFOOD INDUSTRY THAT BENEFIT SOCIETY.

The need for cutting edge infrastructure is only increasing, but if we see additional support in future federal budgets, colleges and institutes will have the capacity to tackle more challenges and expand the impact of their innovative solutions.

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