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Humber is taking a bold step forward in pioneering a new solution to the technological and innovation challenges facing Canada’s advanced manufacturing industry with the groundbreaking Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation.Learn how you can Get Involved >




The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation is designed to inspire innovation, support skills development and promote science, technology, engineering, art and math outreach with industry and community partners.

Located at Humber’s North Campus, the 93,000 sq. ft. centre builds on Humber’s expertise in areas such as automation, robotics, systems integration, user experience testing, applied research and work-integrated learning. With equipment that is unique to North America, key features include interactive technology zones, digital media studios, cutting-edge prototyping and makerspaces, open concept gathering spaces and demonstration areas for new products and technologies.

The Barrett CTI is was made possible by a $10 million investment from The Barrett Family Foundation, the largest private donation in Humber’s history. Additional funding was provided by the Government of Canada which contributed $15.5 million from the Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund, and the Government of Ontario which supported the purchase of key equipment within the building through $1.55 million from the College Equipment and Renewal Fund.

Collaborating to solve real business challenges

The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation is home to many applied research projects with diverse partners across multiple sectors. Humber is transforming learning by converging industry, community and education to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.


The Barrett CTI is home to Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium, a group of nine leading industry partners who are working with the college to train students and employees of Canadian companies. Consortium members include Javelin Technologies Inc., Cisco Systems Canada Co., DMG MORI Canada Inc., Festo Didactic Inc., KUKA Robotics Canada Inc., MAGNA International Inc, Rockwell Automation Inc., SEW-EURODRIVE Company of Canada Ltd., and SICK Sensor Intelligence.

Innovative Technology

The Barrett CTI is a 93,000 square foot collaborative space, featuring makerspaces, digital activity and media zones, technology zones, project rooms and meeting spaces. View a detailed breakdown of the technology, labs and equipment.

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Industry Partners

Developing partnerships is a key strategy to making the Barrett CTI sustainable and successful. Humber has partnered with industry leading organizations to help prepare for Industry 4.0.

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Barrett Family Foundation

The Barrett Family Foundation was the catalyst to the development of a leading-edge facility dedicated to technology and innovation that will provide opportunities for students to gain experience and learn advanced skills that employers demand in a rapidly changing workforce.

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Everyday Innovators! Anxhelo Mecollari

Everyday Innovators! Anxhelo Mecollari

Tue, January 25, 2022

Anxhelo Mecollari is that international student! He made his way here, from Albania to Humber College in 2017. You can say he was already a researcher, even though he might not have known it then.

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Barrett CTI – December 2021 Newsletter

Barrett CTI – December 2021 Newsletter

Tue, December 21, 2021

Our Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, December 2021 newsletter is released!

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Barrett CTI Team was at Lakeshore Campus for Minister Dunlop’s Big Announcement!

Barrett CTI Team was at Lakeshore Campus for Minister Dunlop’s Big Announcement!

Wed, December 15, 2021

Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop announced the province will invest $15 million into rapid training programs to create micro-credentials at post-secondary institutions.

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Automated Guided Vehicles

Humber and SEW-EURODRIVE have teamed up to create conceptual design, fabrication, testing and UL/CSA certification of unique applications of SEW-EURODRIVE’s library of load handling devices. SEW-EURODRIVE’s Automated Guided Vehicles demonstrate the AGV’s ability to dock to a station, receive a load on a pallet, and deliver the load to another station.

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Olive App

Four Humber students worked together on "Olive", a capstone project designed to redefine the current sit-down dining experience by improving the speed, efficiency, and overall experience in restaurants that want to stand out from their competition.

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Hotel Suites

Students developed their own unique interpretations of the Barrett CTI hotel rooms and then worked together to find the core principals between their designs. These suites are living laboratories for Humber students, faculty and industry partners. In addition to being used as accommodations for visiting experts, the rooms will be used for teaching new concepts and for applied research projects.

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Palliative Care UXD Project

Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community and Humber are collaborating to develop a user experience design and minimum viable product for their technology platform to accelerate their ability to scale up and reach more people and caregivers, working towards helping patients in palliative care to manage their care from home.

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