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September 7, 2017

Fanshawe College hosts the grand opening of its new Canadian Centre for Product Validation

Stakes are high in today's competitive global market. Only those products that demonstrate indisputable quality, while meeting regulatory standards, become successful. That is why Fanshawe College's new Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) is a game-changer for local business and the national economy.

Unlike any other testing facility in Canada, CCPV has been uniquely-designed to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization. Since opening for business in June, the Centre's leading-edge validation technologies and equipment are conducting electrical, mechanical, performance, environmental and thermal analysis – all under one roof.

Celebrating its Grand Opening on September 16, 2016 - the 25,000-square-foot Centre is located at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on a 10-acre parcel of land donated by the City of London, near Veterans Memorial Parkway and Bradley Avenue. The total project is valued at $16.2 million, with half the funding made possible through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

Fanshawe launches its state-of-the-art Canadian Centre for Product Validation

Fanshawe launches its state-of-the-art Canadian Centre for Product Validation

“The 21st-century economy is based on an ability to bring new products to market as fast as possible, and in a far more cost-effective way than in the past,” says Ben Cecil, the Centre's Chief Business Officer. “Against this competitive backdrop, at CCPV we strive to help firms mitigate risks, validate their products and access markets faster than ever before.”

One of the Centre's enthusiastic clients is Armatec, a locally-based company providing Canadian Forces and allied militaries with survivability solutions for armoured vehicles. Armatec was recently recognized by the London Chamber of Commerce through its “Large Business of the Year” Award, and is nominated for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Going Global” Award, which will be announced in Toronto in November.

According to Armatec President and CEO Karl Pfister, the presence of the Canadian Centre for Product Validation is having a direct impact on his company's bottom line. “We are very impressed with the Centre's objectives to innovate, validate and commercialize,” says Pfister. “Living up to it values of integrity, quality and flexibility, this amazing new facility is responding to our needs in a non-bureaucratic way, and delivering very competent and helpful support to our industry.” 

For companies, test results through the Centre stand on their own, because they are accurate, reliable, and repeatable. Currently, CCPV employs six full-time staff and is anticipated to employ approximately 40 people in the future. CCPV has agreements or alliances with more than eight entities across several sectors. Under these agreements, the Centre and each company will jointly validate products and develop new testing technologies to serve emerging markets. In turn, these partnerships will enhance Canadian manufacturing capacity, and support new, high-tech jobs within Canada.

The state-of-the-art facility is also enhancing the way Fanshawe College engages its students in research, innovation and discovery, and is creating spin-off jobs at local companies benefitting from its testing services. "The Centre provides the best training experience possible for future innovators, which is to be actively involved in testing during development," says Cecil. "This rare practical experience for our current students and recent graduates makes them extremely valuable in the marketplace.”

How exciting to know this new world-class facility located in our community is enhancing London's and Fanshawe's position as a national leader in innovation and product validation, and is capitalizing on new opportunities supporting Canada's ability to retain and create jobs, and improve prosperity.

Indeed, there's much to celebrate at the Centre's Grand Opening, when federal, provincial and municipal partners join with Fanshawe leadership to swing open the doors of the otherwise-secure site at the Canadian Centre for Product Validation, so staff, faculty and other stakeholders may learn more about this pivotal initiative, and feel connected to it.  After all, success for the innovative CCPV means success for everyone!   

College and industry leaders join London politicians in celebrating the official opening of CCPV

College and industry leaders join London politicians in celebrating the official opening of CCPV 

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