Partners and contributors

Level 200

Co-op, Career & Experiential Education is the overarching department for all things related to student and new graduate employment, curricular experiential education and career development on campus, both for undergraduate and graduate students.  Specifically contributing  to operations within the LINC, CCEE Campus Career Consultants have trained on and developed a unique Assessment tool* with the Goodman Group to assess experiential participants for entrepreneurial skills. Also, by blending the curricular and co-curricular in a unique way, CCEE assists GG to deliver the modules and programming for the Ready/Sett/Grow participants to which students get co-curricular credit; CCEE provides support to faculty through the coordination of experiential learning components of academic courses, class presentations and workshops, as well as career and skill mobilization through CareerZone which brings co-curricular opportunities for students into the classroom.

Hours of operations:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Peggy Karges, Admin x3242 or pkarges@brocku.ca

An 1100 square foot glass-enclosed space, located on Level 200 in the RFP, administered by the Brock Library, is partnered with Brock’s SHARCNET/Compute Canada representative and Brock ITS. The DSL is a hub to explore, create and play with data and visual tools, methods and objects – at the intersection of data and its visualization, the DSL features expertise, resources, tools and programming that will contribute knowledge to the research community. DSL is a place of exploration and coordination across the other resources of the LINC for the sharing of its technologies, tools, spaces and experiential learning.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Some individual areas and equipment (workstations, data wall) are access controlled and may be available for booking.

Contact:
Alicia Floyd, DSL Coordinator, x4647 or dsl@brocku.ca

A makerspace is a place where students and other users can gather to create, invent, explore and engage in inquiry through making.

The Library Makerspace is an open, transdisciplinary, collaborative space for users to gain access to new and emerging tools and technologies; this program has strong collaborative partnerships with other technology-focused and ‘maker culture’ entities on and off-campus, and provides experiential learning opportunities for all members of Brock University, including Level 300’s entrepreneurship programs, the Centre for Digital Humanities, the Faculty of Education’s Instructional Resource Centre (IRC), and the greater Niagara community.

The Makerspace in the Rankin Family Pavilion represents a 10-fold size increase over the Makerspace’s previous locations in the Library, with new, upgraded and updated technologies including new additions in the fields of additive (3d printing) and subtractive (CNC and laser cutting) prototype manufacturing.  The Library’s new Makerspace in the RFP includes dedicated spaces for collaboration, workshops and instruction, audio production, electronics/robotics, VR/AR, video production, and 3D printing/CNC/laser cutting, all surrounding a large, open, inviting space for tinkerers, hobbyists, inventors, innovators, and researchers alike.

The Makerspace seeks to continue to partner with instructors, faculty members and departments to advance experiential learning, research and innovation within and outside of the Brock community.  This inclusive, student focused space encourages inquiry based learning, critical thinking and cross-disciplinary collaboration by offering workshops and experiences delivered by community experts and Makerspace staff members.  As one of the entry points to the LINC experience, we work together to make interactions within the LINC seamless, ultimately providing users pathways to scholarship, entrepreneurship and diverse research.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Some areas and equipment are access controlled.

Contact:
makerspace@brocku.ca

Level 300

The Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Sensory Reality Consumer Laboratory, known as R3CL, enables users to create a variety of environments in which consumers experience and purchase their products.

Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, CCOVI, has established the world’s first mediated-reality wine laboratory that will combine sights, smells and sounds to help researchers study the science of consumer choice in the wine industry.

These environments could include wineries, liquor stores or even dining rooms. Interwoven with the scenes will be music, smells and other sensory information.

Imagine being able to shop at a winery or the LCBO while listening to classical music and savouring the aromas of chardonnay and pinot grigio, all without leaving your seat.

Brock’s oenology and viticulture researchers are on the forefront of this leading-edge technology and, by locating the R3CL in the LINC, others interested in enhanced consumer research and innovation will benefit from CCOVI’s expertise and collaboration- they can study how a range of factors impact the research participants’ choices of where and under what conditions they purchase consumer products.

This greater understanding of consumer behaviour will help Niagara to best market their products, including wines, to potential customers.

Coupling consumer behaviour with the technical tools of augmented and virtual reality not only puts Canadian researchers on the forefront of this research, but it’s also an international first.

The Lab is not just academic but economic – This first-of-its-kind consumer laboratory will be an influential research platform to support and propel the Canadian consumer products industry, particularly wines. It provides unique insight into consumer behaviour and is a unique asset for developing new, successful products.

Hours of operations:
Limited access, requires booking.

With the absorption of BioLINC into the LINC, a centre of excellence with over 18,500 square feet of additional space has been created on the 300 Level for engineering innovation and entrepreneurship that fosters economic, social and environmental development in technology and 21st Century skills through people development, workforce development and business incubation. Called Ready/Sett/Grow this Space is administered by the Goodman Group and operate as the LINCubator, providing early stage startups with physical space and access to the resources they need to succeed:

“Ready” – Room 300

  • Information Desk – LINC Ambassadors available M-F, 9-5, to provide information about programs, services, events and resources available through the LINC;
  • Open and collaborative space that provides entrepreneurial opportunities to students, faculty, staff and the wider community. Fostering a creative and collaborative environment, so that creators can produce their best work through education, business incubation and events.
  • Early development and ideation phase of entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities to network and connect with student entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, community members, faculty and researchers

Hours of operation:
7/24

Contact:
Cassie Price, Admin Coordinator, x6306 or cprice2@brocku.ca

“Sett”, the name of a Badger’s den or home – Room 312

  • Space is dedicated to young entrepreneurs that are part of the LINC’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship Program, students completing entrepreneurship co-ops and students in selected ICE Courses that include experiential content.

Hours of operation:
Controlled access.

Contact:
Cassie Price, Admin Coordinator, x6306 or cprice2@brocku.ca

“Grow”, Room 304, and LINC Labs, Cairns – Rooms 209, 210

  • The Grow space and the LINC Labs (formerly BioLinc Labs) in the Cairns Complex are used for graduating Start-Up and growing companies, collaborators and service providers.

Hours of operation:
Controlled access.

Contact:
Cassie Price, Admin Coordinator, x6306 or cprice2@brocku.ca

Goodman Group is part of the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Goodman Group offers; Consulting Services, Executive Development, Professional Development and Venture Development. Goodman Group delivers services and programming for the Brock and Niagara community, providing them with direct access to a full range of learning and development services offered by the faculty, staff and students. Goodman Group focuses on building capacity through partnerships, serving the 21st century learner by providing unique educational experiences, real-world learning and hands-on learning opportunities by working with faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, entrepreneurs and students.

 GOODMAN GROUP – Venture Development – Room 314

Goodman Group – Venture Development is part by the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Goodman Group – Venture Development offers services to help entrepreneurs get the support needed to take their great business ideas to the next level. Goodman Group – Venture Development delivers programs in experiential entrepreneurship, while bringing together university expertise and community resources to provide support to Brock and Niagara’s innovators who are establishing new ventures. Goodman Group – Venture Development focuses on transforming today’s leading-edge ideas and opportunities into tomorrow’s robust businesses by providing student entrepreneurs, alumni, researchers and private sector companies with a forum to connect, collaborate and commercialize concepts.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
venturedevelopment@brocku.ca

Goodman group – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – ROOM 315

Goodman Group – Professional Development is part of the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Goodman Group – Professional Development offers a series of high value certificate programs in business and leadership to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals. Goodman Group – Professional Development delivers services to develop and execute custom programs designed to fit their specific strategic and developmental needs of individual businesses and organizations. Goodman Group – Professional Development focuses on helping individuals improve their abilities in management, sales, human resources and other professional skills and learn from award-winning professors and business experts.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Training Room 302, limited access

Contact:
prodev@brocku.ca

Goodman Group – CONSULTING SERVICES (CS) – ROOM 316

Goodman Group – Consulting Services is part of the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Goodman Group – Consulting Services offers affordable business consultancy services to organizations in the Niagara region, specializing in small to medium-sized business,business startups, and not-for-profit organizations. Goodman Group – Consulting Services delivers consulting services in organizational strategy; marketing and sales; accounting and finance; data analytics and human resources.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Limited access

Contact:
consultingservices@brocku.ca

Other LINC Contributors: Supporting Services and Programs

The users of the LINC – students, alumni, faculty & staff, community – also benefit from additional services and programs located elsewhere on campus that are offered by Brock LINC Contributors. These include:

As a contributor to the LINC, the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) collaborates with faculty, instructors and graduate students in designing and developing innovations in course and program curricula. The CPI can also assist the LINC community with curriculum mapping initiatives that document the assessed outcomes of instructional innovation, including experiential learning and high impact practice.

Hours of operations:
Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Admin, x3933 or cpi@brocku.ca

Focused on working with the intellectual property (IP) arising from research at the University, commercializing IP through a variety of avenues, facilitating interactions between researcher and industry partners through a variety of means, Innovation and Commercialization is a part of the Office of Research Services.

In working with the LINC, Innovation and Commercialization would provide our expertise and services in IP, commercialization, partnership, and industry liaison services to the Brock members of the LINC community. In addition, the research expertise and IP at Brock are potential sources for new LINC-based ventures. We would provide connections between LINC members and Brock researchers to assist with growth, expansion, or scaling and use the Rankin Pavilion and the LINC as a venue for events promoting academic-industry partnerships.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Dr. Bradley McLeanphone, x4572 or bmclean3@brocku.ca

The research, innovation, and knowledge mobilization mandates of Brock LINC and the Centre for Digital Humanities are well aligned and their respective facilities on the Brock campus are conveniently adjacent to one another. As a research centre, the CDH partners with patrons of the Digital Scholarship Lab on digital humanities projects (such as archiving and visualization). We also note the existing partnership between the Centre and CCOVI’s CFI funded R3CL, mixed reality lab with the capacity to support both consumer testing and digital heritage projects. We expect internship and undergraduate research assistant opportunities to develop in support of research projects throughout the LINC. Many of our IASC and GAME students make extensive use of the new Makerspace; the Makerspace is well aligned with the Centre’s digital expression and digital prototyping concentrations in its IASC program.

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Clara Suba, Admin, x3270 or csuba@brocku.ca

Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Contact:
Karin Perry, Program Coordinator, x6129 or kperry@brocku.ca
Liz Keenan, Admin, x4490 or lkeenan@brocku.ca