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

Playdough in the shape of a rainbow

IP positioning recommendations at The Dough Parlour

Dough Parlour created a process that produces playdough from food grade ingredients that is resistant to mold growth. They collaborated with the Conestoga Food Research & Innovation Lab to test the shelf-life for the mold-resistant dough. The Centre for Commercialization identified patentable subject matter and made recommendations on the IP positioning.
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Providing an IP strategy to develop a stronger brand at Chilly Paste Co.

In collaboration with the CFRIL, Chilly Paste Co. created a proprietary formulation for a food paste that allows for quick meal preparation. The Centre for Commercialization provided an IP strategy to build a strong brand.
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Identifying gaps in Terra Bio’s filed patent application

Terra Bio created an extraction process that uses spent grains from breweries to produce protein and fiber products. They collaborated with the Conestoga Food Research & Innovation Lab to understand how this alternative protein source compares to other protein sources. The Centre for Commercialization identified gaps in Terra Bio’s filed patent application.

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 (2022) 

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Industry & community partners engaged

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Cambridge, Ontario, N1S 2L9, Canada

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