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About CDI

The Centre for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) at Cape Breton University (CBU) is a shovel ready infrastructure project that has the power to ensure the institution’s sustainability and impact into the future. The CDI is a modern research and instructional facility featuring cutting-edge design and clean technology. It will enable CBU to attract the brightest minds from Cape Breton Island and around the world. The CDI will be home to state-of-the-art research and research training and will facilitate industry partnerships that create local solutions for global problems. The Centre will transform Cape Breton Island through collaboration and cooperation, help stimulate the local economy, and enhance the institution’s competitive advantage in the international post-secondary education market.

This new facility will:

  • Further attract domestic and international students to study in expanded science, engineering and technology programs
  • Train future nursing and public health practitioners, ready to address post-covid and future world pandemic challenges
  • Facilitate partnerships between community and CBU researchers through a Community Innovation Hub
  • Indigenize through The Marshall Institute

The building will be home to:

  • Collaborative Research Laboratory
  • Learning Studio
  • Cooperative Rapid Manufacturing and Robotic Laboratories
  • Public Health Applied Laboratories
  • Nursing Simulation Centre
  • Community Innovation Hub
  • The Marshall Institute

Hear from the experts on the importance of the Centre for Discovery and Innovation for Cape Breton University, the Cape Breton Island.

CBU President David Dingwall:

CBU Vice President of Finance and Operation, Gordon MacInnis

CBU Senior Researcher, Dr. Janice Tulk

CBU Engineering Instructor , Melissa Deane

CBU Students’ Union President, Madlyn O’Brien