Lambton College received with three awards for leadership and strength in research and innovation this month.
Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, executive dean of research and innovation at Lambton College was presented with a Research Management Excellence Award on behalf of The Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA), a professional organization representing more than 1000 research leaders across the country.
The award was presented to Sheikhzadeh in Winnipeg at the CARA 2017 Annual Conference for the outstanding contributions he’s made to his profession nationally through innovation, hard work, and dedication.
A week before accepting the CARA award, Sheikhzadeh was also presented with a bronze award in Leadership Excellence on behalf of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the national organization that represents publicly supported colleges, cegeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally. The award recognizes post-secondary managers who have made exceptional contributions within their institution and within the communities they serve.
At the same ceremony, Lambton College also took the silver honour for Innovation in Applied Research Excellence beating institutions from across Canada when it came to criteria such as institutional commitment and the impact of the College’s research activity on small and medium-sized enterprises, the local community, the province and students enrolled in Lambton College programs.
“I am very proud of Lambton College’s accomplishments in Applied Research. Winning several national research awards this week, recognizes our outstanding leader, Mehdi Sheikhzadeh and emphasizes the quality of the work being done by our staff, faculty and students who work closely with our partners on real-world applied research projects. These projects assist in driving the economy of Sarnia-Lambton and ultimately, Ontario,” says Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College.
Between 2013 and 2016, Lambton College’s Applied Research & Innovation department has developed and executed a total of 313 projects in collaboration with 136 small partner organizations, including 63 start-up companies, 67 medium-sized partner organizations, and 20 large partners.
Lambton College currently ranks first in Ontario and third in Canada for applied research activity, according to Research Infosource Inc., which releases an annual list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges. The rankings also revealed that Lambton College ranked first in Canada for the number of paid research students (students involved in applied research projects that were paid for their work) at a medium-sized college.