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Seneca receives a total of $2.3 million from government to expand research and innovation in the aviation industry

During his keynote address at Polytechnics Canada’s annual Science and Technology Showcase, The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced Seneca will receive federal funding for flight training research.

Toronto, November 27, 2009 - Seneca will receive a total of $2.3 million in federal funding over five years for flight training research as part of the College and Community Innovation Program (CCI).

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) made the announcement as part of $20.1 million in new funding for nine colleges to work with their communities and local businesses to get new innovations from the campus into the marketplace.

With Canada’s flight training industry in decline and the International Civil Aviation Organization predicting a world-wide shortage of pilots, Seneca’s research will assist with the long-term sustainability of the industry. Seneca’s renowned aviation school offers the only baccalaureate degree in flight training in Canada.

The research will contribute to revitalizing Canada’s flight training industry by finding new, innovative uses of technology for flight training; advancing Canada’s knowledge and applied research expertise in the field of pilot technical and non-technical skill transfer; and fostering sustainable applied research partnerships.

“This funding is an important acknowledgement of Seneca’s research reputation and history of excellence in the aviation industry,” says Seneca College President David Agnew. “It will help create science and technology-ready graduates who have learned not only through hands-on experience, but through applied research that will directly affect the aviation industry in Canada.”

The CCI Program is a joint initiative of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians.

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