Our History

Centennial College is one of Canada’s foremost research colleges. Between 1997 and 2007, our research activity has been unrelenting. We have worked on an impressive, interdisciplinary set of projects.

Centennial College created the Applied Research Centre in 2004 through funding received from an Ontario Innovation Trust infrastructure grant. Because of its unique alliances with industry and the innovation so essential to success in applied research, the Centre became known as the Applied Research and Innovation Centre. ARIC’s commitment to industry innovation was further strengthened in 2006, when Centennial became one of the ten founding Ontario Colleges in the formation of the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation. In accordance with the mandate of this network, ARIC’s team is especially dedicated to working with Ontario small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help design, develop and launch market-ready solutions in partnership with Centennial’s faculty, staff and students.