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Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

At Conestoga College, research is about pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Our team of innovators, problem solvers, and industry experts are driven by a shared passion to make a meaningful impact on our society. By collaborating with industry and community partners, we are able to create new solutions that have a lasting influence on our community, and we are proud to be a leader in research.

In 2023, Conestoga ranked as one of the top 20 research colleges in Canada by engaging with 100 industry and community partners, starting 133 new projects, and hiring 211 students. 

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Centres, labs & institutes 

Research impact

Juli's Cookie Co. chocolate chip cookies

Packaging and shelf-life support for specialized cookies

Juli’s Cookie Co is a bakery company specializing in cookies for breastfeeding mothers. They sought CFRIL's support for packaging design and shelf-life extension to improve their current offerings and accommodate new products.
Brownies stacked on top of each other

Shelf-life analysis of vegan and gluten-free baked goods

CFRIL completed a detailed analysis to help Molly’s Market ensure the quality and safety of their baked goods as they expanded into new refrigerated storage channels. 
An assortment of baked goods

Packaging and shelf-life enhancement

CFRIL partnered with Sweets from the Earth to review and improve packaging to enhance product shelf-life.

Research & Innovation leadership

Alla Darwish

Alla Darwish, PhD, MBA

Director, commercialization & IP mobilization

Amin Yazdani

Amin Yazdani, PhD, CSP

Executive director, Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance

Anthony Piscitelli

Anthony Piscitelli, PhD

Director, Conestoga Social Innovation Lab

Ignac Kolenko

Ignac Kolenko, P. Eng.

Director, innovation special projects

Jeff Dukes

Jeff Dukes, P.Eng.

Director, SMART Centre

Linda Sheiban Taucar headshot

Linda Sheiban Taucar, BScN, M.Sc.

Associate director, Centre for Health Care Research & Innovation

Nicole Detlor

Nicole Detlor, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Director, Conestoga Food Research & Innovation Lab

Rose Mastnak headshot

Rose Mastnak, MBA

Director, Conestoga Entrepreneurship Collective

Michelle Chrétien, PhD

Michelle Chrétien, PhD

Vice president, Research & Innovation

Sal Jiddawi

Saleh Jiddawi, MBA

Director, research operations

Tim Gibbins

Tim Gibbins, MBA

Director, research engagement

By the numbers (2023) 

In funding
Active projects
Industry & community partners engaged

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Cambridge, Ontario, N1S 2L9, Canada

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