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An invaluable resource for companies and communities, the Barrett CTI brings together interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students and industry experts to solve complex, real-world problems. 


The Barrett CTI acts as an outsourced research and development department for companies, providing a supportive, low-risk environment where companies can collaborate with students and faculty to experiment with leading-edge technologies and transform ideas into operational efficiencies and marketable products and services.


Recognizing that advanced technologies are dramatically changing the way people work and live, the ground-breaking Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation is an integral part of Humber’s Centres of Innovation (COI) network and delivers important competitive advantages to businesses.

Helping Businesses Adapt and Accelerate

The Barrett CTI is a dynamic hub for innovative collaboration, focused on developing human-centred, technology-enabled solutions for businesses and communities. It is helping to reshape Canada’s economic future by creating the right conditions for entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and established companies to grow and prosper. As an innovation catalyst, the Barrett CTI helps businesses:

  • Increase their innovation capacity
  • Generate new revenue streams
  • Develop smart products and services
  • Accelerate design cycles
  • Expand into new markets
  • Be more competitive in Canada and abroad
  • Attract and retain top talent/access to student talent pipeline
  • Connect with customers in engaging ways

Purpose-built spaces where technology, innovation and people will help shape the future of education and industry. The Barrett CTI supports social innovation by drawing on the ingenuity and skills of our experts to improve lives and help communities thrive. Rather than traditional classrooms, industry and community partners work with students to address real-world challenges. Industry partnerships are designed to address real-world business challenges.

Helping Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Adopt New Technologies

Many SMEs face significant barriers when it comes to adopting new technologies and investing in R&D. The Barrett CTI helps SMEs by providing expertise and access to: state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and technical resources, including:

  • A research data centre, Festo Industry 4.0 Digital Cyber-physical Factory, automated guided vehicles, prototyping labs, and collaborative spaces
  • A lower-risk environment for research and development
  • Multidisciplinary teams of faculty, students and industry experts
  • Corporate training solutions and professional development
  • A pipeline of skilled, innovation-ready talent/students for hire
  • A business-friendly IP policy
  • Opportunities to access grant funds and other sources of capital
  • Unbiased evaluations of new technologies