Creating a better world is at the core of university innovation

May 19, 2023
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Canadian universities have long been leaders in cutting-edge research that drives a positive impact in society. From improving food security to developing assistive technology for accessibility, researchers have been ahead of the curve when it comes to innovating for good. 

See examples below of what Canadian universities are doing to better society. 

Developing guidelines for accessible communication devices 

Queen’s University professor, Dr. Claire Davies, has been awarded a 2023 Dorothy Killam Fellowship to support her continued work developing guidelines for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology. Through this work, Dr. Davies aims to enhance inclusion and engagement for people with speech, communication and physical disabilities. Such technology would help people with disabilities overcome common barriers, including social isolation, marginalization, and exclusion from gainful employment. 

Life-saving tech in remote communities 

A team from Wilfrid Laurier University, led by professor Kheyrollah Pour, travelled to Łutsël K’é, a small village on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, to address the deteriorating ice conditions endangering the community and their way of life. The team installed sensors, allowing residents to monitor ice thickness, thus ensuring safe access to their traditional hunting grounds. 

A thousand pounds of giving 

By the end of the harvest season this fall, Royal Roads University’s new Giving Garden will have distributed one thousand pounds of produce to vulnerable communities in the greater Victoria area. Along with its partners, Iye Creative and Upbeet Garden, the university distributes food boxes to low-income seniors, single parents and new immigrants. They also fill a community fridge and hope to expand their operation next year for an even greater impact.

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