TORONTO, ON – Humber College and SICK are entering into a three-year partnership agreement designed to build awareness of new industry automation sensor solutions and Industry 4.0 ready sensor technologies.

SICK will provide sensor technologies and services worth $765,000, new training opportunities for Humber students and dedicated support through new scholarships called the SICK Canada Leadership & Vision Awards.

SICK is now a founding member of Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium, a group comprised of industry partners working with the college to train students and employees of Canadian companies within the new Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI). The consortium will integrate new learning pathways and opportunities for students, faculty and industry experts to collaborate on the latest technology to solve real-world industry automation and Industry 4.0 business challenges.

“Partnering with SICK enhances Humber’s sensor and industry automation expertise, providing our students and faculty with new learning opportunities,” says Chris Whitaker, President and CEO, Humber College. “SICK sensors are found in manufacturing environments and in key equipment used in consumer markets, transportation, health care and other sectors.”

In addition to the SICK Canada Leadership & Vision Awards, the partnership will also include:

  • Applied research opportunities with SICK related to Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, Industrial Automation and SICK Sensor Intelligence;
  • Employment and exchange pathways for Humber students to work at SICK;
  • Educational programs in the areas of smart sensors, SICK Sensor Intelligence, factory, logistic and process automation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things;
  • STEM outreach and awareness events to inspire secondary school students to consider industrial automation careers.

“The workforce is continually changing, we as industry leaders understand that. Partnering with Humber not only allows us to align with competency development to meet those emerging environments, but also give us insight to student visionaries that will shape the future,” says Craig S. Smith, President, SICK Ltd. Canada.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit

About SICK Sensor Intelligence
SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, encoders and automatic identification products, systems and services for industry automation and Industry 4.0 ready applications. With more than 70 years of market technology experience and expertise, 1000 patents, SICK continues to lead the industry in new product innovations. The diversity of its product line allows SICK to offer solutions at every phase of process, factory and logistics automation within many industries. SICK AG was founded in 1946, headquartered in Waldkirch, Germany has operations or representation in 65 countries worldwide.  In 2009, SICK founded the Canadian subsidiary SICK Ltd. (Canada) and in 2019 will commemorate 10 years of doing business in Canada. Visit


For more information, please contact:
Nadia Araujo
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
416.675.6622 ext. 5479


Marketing, Public Relations and Communications
SICK Sensor Intelligence
SICK Ltd. (Canada)
905.771.1444 ext. 5322