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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Barrett CTI?
The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation is a 93,000-square-foot hub at Humber’s North Campus that is pioneering a new model of collaborative education focused on industry and community partnerships and advanced technology.

The Centre is a 93,000-square-foot collaborative space, featuring makerspaces, digital activity and media zones, technology zones and project rooms.

The Barrett CTI is the first of Humber’s three Centres of Innovation to be housed in a stand-alone facility. The COIs are exemplars of Humber’s unique model of polytechnic education, bringing together interdisciplinary teams of faculty experts, students and technicians to collaborate with industry partners and community organizations to solve complex, real-world innovation challenges.

When will the Barrett CTI open?
The Barrett CTI opened on April 10, 2019.

How is the Barrett CTI funded?
The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, The Barrett Family Foundation and Humber College have provided funding for the Barrett CTI.

What are sustainability features of the Barrett CTI?
In keeping with Humber’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, the Barrett CTI is targeting LEED-Platinum standards and is a net-zero energy building, offset by solar panels on our parking structure. It includes sustainability features that will function as teaching tools, such as passive cooling systems, a high-performance roofing system and building envelope, hydronic in-floor heating, a green roof, and an abundance of natural, low-energy materials with long lifespans.

Why was the Barrett CTI developed?
The Barrett CTI was developed in response to the growing demand for technology-enabled solutions. The Barrett CTI leverages Humber’s proven leadership in automation and robotics, systems integration, design, augmented and virtual reality and user experience testing.

How will students benefit from the Barrett CTI?
Students will be involved in projects at the Barrett CTI, helping them to develop the adaptive mind-set and entrepreneurial skills to prepare them to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.

The Barrett CTI’s spaces were designed to encourage creativity and collaboration with open flexible spaces for applied research initiatives and industry and community-driven projects. The Barrett CTI has dedicated space to support STEM outreach to middle-and high school students and robotics competitions for students of all ages.

How will industry benefit from the Barrett CTI?
Through the Barrett CTI, Humber will mobilize the creative power of students as the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. The Barrett CTI will enable small to medium-size enterprises to benefit from new technologies and solutions-based thinking by functioning as an outsourced R&D department.

How will the Barrett CTI benefit Canada?
Building on Humber’s longstanding commitment to skills training and development, the Barrett CTI will strengthen Canada’s innovation economy and reinforce Humber’s position as a leader in transformative technology and polytechnic education.

What partnerships has Humber launched in relation to the Barrett CTI?
The Barrett CTI is home to Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium, a group of eight leading industry partners who are working with the college to train students and employees of Canadian companies. Consortium members include Cimetrix Solutions, a Division of Javelin; Cisco Canada; DMG MORI Canada Inc.; Festo Didactic; KUKA Canada Inc.; Rockwell Automation; SEW-EURODRIVE, and SICK Sensor Intelligence.

The consortium will integrate new learning pathways and opportunities for students, faculty, and industry experts to work together on the latest technology to solve real-world business challenges.

Developing partnerships is a key strategy to making the Barrett CTI sustainable and successful.

What will the Barrett CTI’s spaces include?
The Barrett CTI includes specialized facilities for corporate training and encourages collaboration in applied research and innovation. Custom training will help teach the skills to work effectively with collaborative robots and other advanced technologies. The Barrett CTI also features a digital visualization room, interactive makerspaces and technology zones. A complete list of the spaces within the Barrett CTI can be found on the Labs and Rooms page.

What is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 describes the networking and digitalization of industrial production.