An academic partnership is essential for a cluster to move forward. There are several opportunities for research.
Seneca College, Cosmetic Science Program The Cosmetic Science Program is a full year, three semesters, a laboratory-based program that combines the art, science and business elements used in the development of cosmetic products. As the only Cosmetic Science graduate certificate program in Ontario, it focuses on product formulation and cosmetic production while emphasizing the industry's evolving regulatory environment. Students may obtain an industry-specific four-month work term after completion of their first academic semester. The program emphasizes formulation chemistry concepts and strategies from raw materials to finished products. The product development process, global regulations/challenges, sales and marketing, biological systems and claims substantiation as well as sensory evaluation are key topics within the program. On completion of the program, graduates may find employment in the research and development, laboratory or regulatory areas of suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors of cosmetic products and ingredients as well as governmental regulatory bodies.
Ryerson University This is a state of the art university located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario. It has the capacity to support research projects in biology, chemistry, and business to name a few. One of Canada's leading Entrepreneurship programs with a largely dedicated faculty and offering more undergraduate entrepreneurship courses than any other English language university in Canada. Prepare to start your own business, learn how to be entrepreneurial within existing organizations or help start-up ventures succeed. This academic source can be a great resource for starting entrepreneurs. They can learn about the world of cosmetics and how to apply business knowledge to the cosmetic field. A benefit of the cluster for all academic institutions will be that we will provide a connection for student placements (both local and international). Research partnership opportunities need a minimum budget of $25,000 CAD (tripled with grants) to start.
Niagara College This college is located in the Niagara region. This academic source can support agriculture research and product development. It has an intern program that works to place students in related sectors. It is a growing college with a bright future.