Lambton College is receiving a total of $6.5 million—$5.6 million from the Federal Government and $900,000 from the province—for its $11.8 million expansion of its Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies.
Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, was in Sarnia Friday to make the announcement, which he made on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
As part of the project, Lambton College plans upgrades that it says will improve environmental sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on site. Officials say the project will accelerate work-integrated post-secondary programming, applied research, pilot plants, business incubation and start-ups.
“This is clear and continued recognition from the Federal Government on the college’s impressive leadership in bio and clean technology and innovation.”—Marilyn Gladu, MP for Sarnia-Lambton
The federal funding comes from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fun, which is intended to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.
Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, who attended Friday’s event at Lambton College, said she was pleased with the announcement.
“When this funding was initially announced, I worked with the Minister responsible and Lambton College due to the tight timelines for applicants, to ensure our community had every opportunity to participate in this important fund,” said Gladu. “This is clear and continued recognition from the Federal Government on the college’s impressive leadership in bio and clean technology and innovation.”
As part of the announcement, Vijay Prakatoor, an international student from India who is currently studying his final semester of the Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technician program, spoke to those gathered. Prakatoor holds a bachelor’s in electronics engineering and a master’s in power systems engineering from India and has worked as senior engineer at a thermal power plant in his home country.