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Latest Annual Report 2021-2022

Humber’s Office of Research & Innovation Annual Report 2021-2022

In a year of constant change and disruption, Humber’s research and innovation community has continued to lead, transform and differentiate through collaborating with industry and community partners and providing unparalleled learning opportunities to students.


Humber College now ranks as the #2 research college in Canada and #1 research college in Ontario, thanks to the growing research and innovation ecosystem enabled by all six Humber faculties, emerging and seasoned researchers, staff, and students, as well as the Centres of Innovation and the strong network of internal and external partners.


ORI’s Annual Report 21/22 spotlights Humber’s research philosophy, who we are, and how we approach research and innovation. Take a look at the breadth and depth of research projects contributing to Humber’s growing research portfolio. In addition, ORI sheds light on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) and Humber Press. Also, read about Humber’s rock star researchers who collaborate with industry and community partners to solve real-world challenges, from affordable housing to 3D landfill modelling to youth crime and gang violence reduction. The report also highlights various training and capacity-building initiatives and dissemination opportunities that the ORI team provides in every step of the research and innovation journey, from when an idea is a spark of curiosity to sharing the impact of the research results. We continue to demystify innovation by supporting an inclusive innovation and research culture that celebrates low-cost/no-cost solutions to everyday problems.


Ginger Grant, PhD., Dean, Research & Innovation, and Tania Massa, PhD., Associate Dean, Applied Research & Innovation, welcome you into Humber’s research and innovation community with their forewords. As Dean Ginger Grant, PhD., expresses, “An idea is all it takes to begin the journey to research and innovation.”


We invite you to join us as we look back on a year of growth, resilience, and success, and we encourage you to share with us the ideas and questions that spark your curiosity. In the meantime, we look forward to creating new pathways for our wider Humber and growing research and innovation community to walk and talk “research” and “innovation.”


Read the full report


Congratulations Barath Roy Michel

What ‘upskilling’ means for the future of work—many experts believe upskilling is urgent, but most people don’t know where to start…

A great article by Bryan Lufkin, BBC, featuring quotes from researcher Barath Roy Michel, MSW, IMGB™, Senior Project Manager, Office of Research & Innovation (ORI) at Humber College, alongside quotes from experts at McKinsey and LinkedIn.

Read the BBC Worklife article for some great insights.

Barath Roy Michel and his research team recently published an original research paper, A Study on Skills Gap: Beyond COVID, in the Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Innovation (JIPE), published by Humber Press, ORI.

Michel notes that upskilling can look different for everyone. He states, “Take a step back and see what’s happening in the wider industry, and see how you can get yourself ahead of the curve.”

Congratulations to researcher Barath Roy Michel. Don’t forget to read the article!

Congratulations Ginger Grant, PhD.

Ginger Grant, PhD., Dean, Humber’s Office of Research & Innovation, does it again!

You can now read Ginger Grant’s chapters in the book “Innovative Leadership in Times of Compelling Changes: Strategies, Reflections and Tools (2021): ‘Inclusive Leadership in a Creatively Compelling World’ and ‘Nurturing Creativity in a Culture of Care’” published by Springer. Her next project, also for a new Springer textbook, is titled “ReVisioning: The New World of Work,” to be published in late 2022 / early 2023.

Ginger aims to publish a book chapter yearly.

In the past, she has contributed chapters to “The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership (2020): ‘What Pepper Can’t Do (And Why We Should Care)’”; “The Routledge Companion to Management and Workplace Spirituality (2019): ‘Awakening Leadership: The Outer Reaches of Inner Space’”; and the “Handbook of Personal and Organizational Transformation (2018): ‘The Untapped Power of Imagination in the Workplace.’” Her workbook, Finding your Creative Core, was first published in 2009. 

Humber’s Office of Research & Innovation congratulates our visionary leader, author and storyteller Dr. Ginger Grant!

Purchase "Innovative Leadership in Times of Compelling Changes" today!

Welcome Dianna Dinevski (abd)

I am pleased to announce and welcome Dianna Dinevski MBA, (abd) as Associate Dean, Research & Development at the Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), Humber College. Since July 2020, Dianna has worked at ORI as a Research Specialist. Prior to joining Humber, Dianna excelled as an Industrial Liaison Manager with Sheridan College’s Research Department since 2010.

At Humber College, Dianna will build capacity on specialized research and innovation projects including, but not limited to, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), our work with the Global Polytechnic Alliance, Humber Innovation Management Analytics Program (IMAP), as well Humber Press which includes Humber SPARK and the Journal of Innovation in Polytechnic Education (JIPE). She will work closely with Tania Massa, PhD, Associate Dean of Applied Research & Innovation, to continue to grow the research grant portfolio for Humber College.

Dianna holds an MBA, MA and is wrapping up her PhD Management—Leadership and Organizational Change (abd). She has extensive experience in grant administration and grant development and is a valuable addition to our Research & Innovation team.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Dianna Dinevski, Research & Development, ORI.

Ginger Grant, PhD
Humber Research & Innovation

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