The Composites Research Network (CRN) is a collaboration of academia and industry partners supporting the composites industry in Western Canada and beyond. It was launched in January 2012 with a $9.8m investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Vision: A vibrant leading-edge composites industry, supported by the CRN and partner organizations.
Mission: To create knowledge in practice documents that enable effective and low-risk knowledge-based composites manufacturing and design.
Location: The CRN has its hub at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and nodes at UBC–Okanagan, the Composites Innovation Centre in Winnipeg, MB, the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford and the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Additional nodes will be established in Alberta and Saskatchewan in the second year.
A central tool in achieving Network goals is the development of Knowledge in Practice Documents (KPDs). Network participants will have access to these as well as training facilities, materials and events. KPDs provide a platform for sharing knowledge in a structure and format suitable for industrial use and workflow. They are responsive to new knowledge and needs as they emerge. They provide rich content for industry reference and training.