OTTAWA — The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and Cognit.ca have announced the launch of the Construction R&D Portal and the Construction R&D Showcase speaker series.
The goal of the initiative is to help Canada’s $141-billion construction industry access and profit from the $14 billion of research performed by universities annually, stated an Oct. 28 release.
The Construction R&D Portal will offer constructors access to research, facilities and intellectual property from Canadian post-secondary institutions. The Construction R&D Showcase will link industry executives and researchers with research discoveries, leading to innovation in the sector, said Mary Van Buren, CCA president, in a statement.
“One of the key challenges for the industry has been to learn about cutting-edge innovation that is undertaken by academia and the talent behind it. It can be equally difficult for researchers to showcase their research to industry executives or even gain funding for new research,” said Van Buren. “This new single-access portal will overcome that challenge by helping our members accelerate innovation by exposing them to the most up-to-date research available on construction.”
“Cognit.ca was designed to help businesses access expertise, research, facilities and intellectual property at post-secondary institutions across the country,” said Mike Matheson, managing director of Cognit.ca. “We are thrilled to work with the CCA to bring these resources directly to Canada’s construction industry.”