On Monday and Tuesday, I was able to tour Brock University and Niagara College with my colleague, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. At Brock University, Kirsty and I were able to meet with University officials in the new Cairns complex. We discussed what gaps there is in science funding, and how we can attempt to address these gaps. University officials led us on a tour of Brock’s laboratories, and showcased the type of research is being conducted.
Following our tour of Brock University, we travelled to Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus. Dan Patterson; President of Niagara College, Patrick Robson; Senior Advisor to the President, and Rob Walters; Senior Advisor to the President, led us on a tour of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, showing us the vineyards, green house, and laboratories(where the test food and non-alcoholic beer). We also had the opportunity to enjoy Benchmark restaurant at Niagara College while speaking with industry partners.
Not only did we visit the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, but also the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, where we took a tour. There was alot of innovative technology, and interesting projects, such as the 3D printer, drone imaging, and innovative projects for the Canadian wine industry.
Tuesday morning, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan and I were back at the Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake campus to tour STEM Camps. The youth showed us their ozo bots and ozo codes, as well as their mining matters projects. There are so many intelligent and bright youth here in Niagara!