Niagara is known for its wine within a thriving agriculture and tourism industry. Our Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) advances the interests of the grape and wine industry through interactive research, teaching and outreach services. CCOVI focuses on research in oenology and viticulture and includes the teaching winery, viticulture, oenology and sensory science laboratories. The Consumer Research Laboratory is dedicated to consumer behaviour and wine marketing research. CCOVI’s research meets industry needs that help increase the growth, profitability and sustainability of the Niagara and Canadian industry and provides education opportunities to train the industry leaders of tomorrow, among other activities.

Another strong research link between Brock and Niagara is our Niagara Community Observatory (NCO). The public policy think-tank works with community associations, organizations, leaders and others to produce policy briefs on current and emerging issues.These briefs provide non-partisan, evidence-based research that supports a community-based decision-making process. Research areas include the Niagara economy, post-secondary education, affordable child care, tourism, municipal and provincial elections, the quality of Niagara’s beaches, poverty, and Niagara’s sports legacy.

The Niagara Adapts partnership built innovative climate solutions right here in Niagara. By leveraging resources and expertise from seven municipalities in the Niagara Region and Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the partnership supported collaborative climate change adaptation assessment, planning and implementation.

The Brock-Niagara Validation, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute is a collaborative hub connecting Brock researchers and students with industry partners. It is rooted in a state-of-the-art technology adoption centre in the heart of Niagara’s bioproducts and chemical manufacturing clusters, providing industry with technological solutions and access to highly skilled talent while weaving seamless development and implementation of innovation into the production practices and processes of partner companies.