Get to know Cambrian R&D.

Government funding is available for colleges and businesses to partner to enhance innovation across Canada. Cambrian R&D provides solutions that improve services, processes, and products.

Applied Research and Development starts with an idea to improve or create a product or process, and refines that idea until it’s ready for use within a business, organization, or commercialization in the marketplace. Essentially, applied research identifies needs and tests solutions, with the aim of making change in the near future.

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Meet your research team.

Meet your management and business development team.

Dr. Mike Commito

Director, Applied Research & Innovation

Mike has been the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Cambrian College since 2018. Under Mike’s direction, Cambrian has expanded its research portfolio into new areas and has landed several significant research grants, including a Technology Access Centre from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Prior to becoming Director, Mike worked as a Business Developer in Applied Research for more than two years. Mike has a PhD in History from McMaster University.

Steve Gravel

Manager, Centre for Smart Mining

Steve Gravel is the Manager of the Centre for Smart Mining, a federally funded Technology Access Centre that focuses on facilitating new technology adoption in the mining sector by providing mining technology companies with technical services and funding. Prior to leading the Centre for Smart Mining, Steve held a position at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), where he worked with Ontario SMEs and tech firms as a Business Development and Commercialization Manager.

Lana Benoit, CPA, CA,

Manager of Research Accounting

Lana is the Manager of Research Accounting for Cambrian R&D and the Centre for Smart Mining. She is responsible for all financial aspects of the department, including project accounting, grant compliance and financial reporting, project budgeting, claims submission, and metrics reporting. Lana has over 17 years of both public and private sector experience, which has included working at University Health Network, Ernst & Young, Darby Manufacturing, and, more recently, Health Sciences North. Lana has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and earned her accounting designation in 2006.

Cody Cacciotti

Business Developer

Cody is responsible for working with industry partners to develop and manage applied research projects across all fields of study at the college. Cody brings significant experience in project management from his previous role as Operations Manager at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre. Joining Cambrian R&D in March 2019, Cody brings his expertise in education, tourism and economic development along with a diversified skillset in writing, research, public relations and event coordination.

Pamela Drouin

Administrative and Communications Coordinator

Pamela joined the Cambrian R&D team in July 2019. In her role, Pamela helps manage the department’s day-to-day operations, planning and organizing of various events, and overseeing marketing initiatives, which includes managing Cambrian R&D social media platforms. Prior to joining Cambrian, Pamela was the Sales Manager of Northern Ontario Business and the Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal. Pamela completed the Business Administration – Management Program at Cambrian College and graduated with honors in 2005.

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Mechanical Prototyping Equipment
Formlabs Form 3BL 3D Printer
  • Provides a large build volume that’s versatile enough for large scale fabrication
  • Models printed resemble polished injection-molded parts
  • Optimal for both prototyping and production-ready
  • Over 35 materials to choose from, including ceramics, biomedical, flexible, elastic materials
  • Print one large model or many small parts in a single job
DMU monoBlock 75 5 axis CNC
  • Part manufacturing machine for production and prototypes
  • Workpiece dimensions: 840mm X 500mm
  • Maximum load: 600 kg
Multicam 5000 Series CNC Waterjet Cutter
  • Designed to cut through nearly any type of material at almost any thickness
  • 5’ X 10’ Cutting area
HP Jet Fusion 580 Color 3d Printer
  • Rapid prototyping with multiple materials and colors
  • Effective building volume: 332mm X 190mm X 248 mm
  • Supported file formats: 3MF, STL, OBJ, VRML v.2
BOSS LS-3655 Laser Cutter
  • Etching, engraving and cutting materials for prototyping.
  • 55.1 x 35.4in cutting area
  • Fold down sides for larger pieces
Markforged Onyx One 3D Printer
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Effective build volume: 320mm X 132mm X 154mm
Creaform Go!Scan 3D Scanner
  • Fastest and easiest 3D scanning experience
  • Designed to scan any object without need for set-up
  • Scan any object for reverse engineering, quality control or 3D printing

Electronic Prototyping and Testing Equipment

OTS Climactic Test Chamber
  • Used to test electronics and other parts in a variety of climactic conditions
  • Used primarily to simulate underground temperature and humidity
  • Temperature Range: -50°C ~ +150 °C
  • Inner Chamber Size: 40cm X 50cm X 40cm
Voltera Desktop PCB Printer
  • Single or two layered boards
  • Ideal for custom electronic components and prototyping
  • Print area: 5.0″ x 4.5″
DDM Novastar MPP-21 Manual Pick and Place System
  • Used for printed circuit board (PCB) development
  • Consistent manual pick up and placement of surface mount components
  • Maximum PCB size: 16” X 24”
  • Max placement rate: 400 components per hour
DDM Novastar GF-B-HT Mini Reflow Oven
  • Used for curing surface mounted electronics parts on PCBs
  • Low-cost reflow oven best for small batch runs and prototypes
  • Maximum PCB size: 12” X 12”
Private LTE/5G network
  • Low latency, high capacity and local edge-centric computing power
  • Ideal for many advanced IoT applications, such as high accuracy positioning, augmented and virtual reality, as well as various use cases involving processing of visual and sensor data.
GTEM 250 SAE Test cell for EMC Radiated and Immunity testing
  • Use case for testing underground signal interference emitted by devices and equipment
  • Performing both radiated immunity and emissions testing in a single, controllable and shielded environment


Solidworks (Premium)
  • 3D solid modeling
  • Kinematic motion simulation
  • Structural validation (FEA)
  • Routing of pipes and tube
Autodesk Inventor
  • 3D solid modeling
Eagle PCB Design Software
  • Printed circuit board layout



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