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Peter Haubrich, one of the Okanagan’s recognized champions of high-tech, research and innovation, will be working with Okanagan College over the next several months to capitalize on partnership and research opportunities afforded by the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation.
Haubrich, whose curricula vitae includes leading the Okanagan Research and Innovation Centre and helping set up several successful research labs for major electronics companies, will be on contract with the College.
“The College, Penticton and the region have a tremendous asset in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence,” says Haubrich, whose commitment to innovation and high-tech business in the Okanagan dates to his arrival in Canada and British Columbia in 2004.
“This is a leading edge building, one of the greenest, most sustainable buildings of its type in the world. The opportunity to leverage the technology and the resources of the College is significant.”
Already, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence is a showcase for green technology. It features the largest photovoltaic solar array on a non-utility institutional building in Western Canada, it includes areas for testing and demonstration of alternative energy sources, features unique green roof designs and has been profiled internationally for its significant energy controls and monitoring systems.
The building and the College have garnered several awards, recognizing everything from its lighting systems to its overall sustainability.
With space for commercialization initiatives, Haubrich sees the building as a natural to build on the existing partnerships and to develop new ones that will lead to innovation.
“Okanagan College’s accreditation as a research institution by Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council in 2011 also bodes well.”
Couple that with the possibility of matching funds for research projects and programs through the Pattison Foundation’s pledge of $2.5 million over five years for the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence and there is a significant incentive to spur innovation activity, Haubrich notes.
“Peter has been an ardent supporter of the College and the Centre of Excellence from the beginning,” notes Okanagan College’s Vice President Education, Dr. Andrew Hay.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to tap into his expertise, talent and extensive network of contacts to help realize the promise of the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.”
Haubrich was named as an Honorary Fellow of Okanagan College in 2010, when he was recognized for his contributions to the high-tech community in the Okanagan.