Innovation and collaboration bring student’s research idea on the national stage

After years of working in a lab, many students believe they may have a great idea, one that will change the world. But few have the know-how, passion and support to overcome the challenge of getting that idea off the blackboard and into production.

James Douis an exception. The 30-year-old PhD electrical and computer engineering student not only took his research idea out of the laboratory but he beat more than 200 entrants in Canadian Business magazine’s Great Canadian Innovation Competition to emerge as the winner.