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Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI)


Connecting Communities through Research

North Island College is committed to strengthening the communities of the North Island region by providing residents, organizations and First Nations with access to the skills and knowledge critical to their future success. By engaging with local and global collaborators, the Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) facilitates solutions to challenges confronting these organizations. Key values include fostering community resilience, supporting sustainable projects, and preparing graduates for emerging demands.

CARTI builds connections with industry and community partners while extending opportunities for student learning and future employment and provides NIC faculty with access to current knowledge in their practice area.

NIC Researcher Innovating in Aquaculture leave site

One local researcher is trying to change the way fish are farmed on our coast. Stephen Cross, industrial research chair for sustainable aquaculture and developer of the Aquaculture Technician program at the Campbell River campus of North Island College (NIC), is working with west coast salmon farmers to explore the feasibility of co-culturing kelp and other forms of seafood around established fish farms and diversifying the production at those facilities.

College, BC Salmon Farmers Conduct Kelp Growing Study leave site

A Canadian college and the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) are installing kelp lines at more than 30 different farm sites off Vancouver Island, as part of the single largest study ever to explore BC’s kelp growing potential.

Learning From and By the Sea leave site

Stephen Cross has spent his career studying the sea. Sometimes he even sleeps on the water. At his facility off the west coast of Vancouver Island, the researcher regularly stays the night in what one student describes as a “floating house,” as it is too remote for practical commuting. Located in the quiet community of Kyuquot, it takes 3½ hours to reach from Courtenay, where Cross lives. The place has few inhabitants, with an official population of 150. But out in the water is a world in itself—and its creator is Cross.

Fish Farms Eye Piece of $10-billion Aquaculture Pie leave site

The local aquaculture industry is hoping to turn waste nutrients from net-pen fish farms into a lucrative chunk of the $10-billion kelp industry. Researchers from North Island College are installing lines seeded with baby kelp at 30 B.C. fish farms as part of a five-year, $1-million pilot project to test the viability of seaweed aquaculture on our coast.

Partners and Sponsors

The Centre’s mission is achieved through the strength and diversity of its relationships. It works with natural resource firms, First Nations, municipalities and regional districts, federal and provincial organizations and other educational institutions to address opportunities and challenges that arise.

Our supporters include:


Department of Labor



Scholarly Activity and Research Committee

NIC's Scholarly Activity and Research Committee explores research opportunities in the North Island region, and evaluates the possibilities for community-based applied research. By partnering with businesses, community groups, government, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions, the Scholarly Activity and Research Committee strives to develop the region's social, economic, and scholarly contributions. For more information visit Research Ethics Board.

Research Networks

NIC is proud to be part of several research alliances between our college and university partners on Vancouver Island and throughout BC. These alliances allows us to work with community partners to provide quality research on areas of interest to a larger region, or to utilize the expertise at other post-secondary institutions.

Naomi Tabata
Manager, CARTI
April Whalen
Administrative Support, CARTI
1-800-715-0914 ext. 7814

Additional Links
BC Applied Research and Innovation Network
Vancouver Island Community Research Alliance

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