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Nine Years Running: Cambrian College Makes List of Canada’s Top Research Colleges

Posted on Tuesday December 15, 2020

SUDBURY – Cambrian College is ending 2020 on a high note by earning a spot among Canada’s top 50 research colleges for the ninth year in a row.

The list is compiled every year by Re$earch Infosource, a research and consulting firm specializing in colleges, universities, and hospitals. It ranks colleges by research income generated during the previous year.

For 2019, Cambrian R&D, the college’s Applied Research department, placed 24th overall in Canada for the value of research activity, the second time Cambrian has reached the ranks of the top 25 colleges.

Cambrian also set a new single-year record with $3.9 million dollars in research income earned.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work and our entire team in Applied Research has really pushed us over the top here at Cambrian,” says Mike Commito, Director of Cambrian R&D. “We saw an 89% growth in research income from last year’s ranking, and our partnerships with industry are seeing us innovate and succeed on a consistently nationally recognized playing field. We’re now regarded as a leader when it comes to R&D and today the rankings really do prove it.”

Nationally, Cambrian ranks 14th among all colleges for the number of paid student researchers, with 82. One of those student researchers is Pragati Das, a student in the IT Business Analysis – Graduate Certificate program.

“We were able to communicate directly with the industry partners and acquired knowledge about the latest technologies and market trends. One of the interesting things which I learned from working on a project was to provide project deliverables efficiently irrespective of the changing circumstances. In this case, it was due to COVID-19.”

Joining students and R&D staff on research projects are many of Cambrian’s faculty, such as Nathan Abourbih, Program Coordinator for IT Business Analysis and Mobile Application Development.

“It is a fantastic feeling to be able to encourage and help the next generation of young innovators gain valuable, real-world experience here at Cambrian R&D.

I know that we can look forward to a bright future when it is in the hands of such a talented group of young individuals!”

Last year, Cambrian R&D collaborated on 44 research projects across many sectors with industry partners such as Ionic Engineering.

“Having Cambrian R&D as a partner has allowed us to work with students who have the potential to become future employees at the Ionic Technology Group,” says Andre Dumais, General Manager of Ionic Engineering. “ As well, this mutually beneficial partnership has granted us the opportunity to tap into invaluable faculty expertise and gain access to specialized research funding.”

To learn more about Cambrian College and its Applied Research – simply visit:

Video clip: Dr. Mike Commito, Director of Cambrian R&D, says there are several reasons why Cambrian College had a banner year for applied research in 2019.
In: “I think the main testament
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Out: “…to do more projects”
Photo: Dr. Mike Commito, Director of Cambrian R&D, in the Applied Research labs at Cambrian College in Sudbury.

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Cambrian College is Northern Ontario’s largest college, with more than 80 programs. Cambrian’s main campus is in Greater Sudbury, with satellite centres in Espanola and Little Current. For more information about Cambrian College, visit

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Cambrian College Career Fair Conference Goes Virtual

Posted on Friday December 11, 2020

SUDBURY – COVID-19 is not stopping Cambrian College from hosting Northern Ontario’s largest gathering of employers scouting new talent.

Cambrian’s annual Career Fair Conference is going virtual as the college adapts to the current COVID situation, …

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