Representatives from Humber College and SICK, Ltd. hold a plaque to mark the partnership between the organizations

SICK Ltd. Canada (SICK) and Humber College are extending their partnership designed to build awareness of new industry automation sensor solutions and Industry 4.0 ready sensor technology solutions.   

SICK, one of the world’s leading sensor and sensor solutions manufacturers, will provide an additional $110,000 to support Humber students and the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (Barrett CTI) over the next two years. SICK will continue its in-kind investment of products and services as well as supporting student education through scholarships.  

“We are grateful for SICK’s ongoing investment in the Barrett CTI,” said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO of Humber College. “As a result of their commitment, our students, staff and faculty will continue to benefit from meaningful experiential learning opportunities and access to the latest innovative technology.” 

On May 3, 2022, Humber hosted a signing celebration to mark the partnership extension. During the event, Craig Smith, president of SICK Ltd. Canada, was presented with a Medal of Gratitude to commemorate SICK’s support of the Barrett CTI and its commitment to educating and training students.  

“There is no doubt the coronavirus impacted us all. Now is the time to get back together and focus on our commitment to the Barrett CTI, bringing strategy into action,” said Smith. “SICK is looking forward to even more united successes with Humber and the rest of the consortium partners.” 

The Barrett CTI, one of Humber’s Centres of Innovation (COI), will continue to collaborate with SICK to shape the workforce of tomorrow. The new investment will support the Barrett CTI’s SICK Sensor Lab, a state-of-the-art technology lab incorporating sensor intelligence for hands-on learning. A portion of the contribution will also support the SICK Leadership Award and SICK Visionary Award, two scholarships that foster student leadership and innovation.   

SICK is one of the founding partners of Humber’s Advanced Manufacturing Skills Consortium, which is comprised of nine global industry partners who are working with Humber to advance the skills and knowledge of Canadian employees and Humber students. The extension will build on SICK’s original commitment of $765,000 to assist with:   

  • applied research opportunities 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;  
  • and STEM outreach and awareness events to inspire secondary school students to consider industrial automation careers.  

For more information about SICK, visit   

For more information about the Barrett CTI, visit or contact Neal Mohammed, director, Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation,