Centre for Discovery and Innovation

The Centre for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) at Cape Breton University (CBU) will house state-of-the-art research and instructional facilities.  Featuring the latest in green technology and digital infrastructure, the CDI will change the trajectory and elevate Cape Breton Island as a national destination for research and a global destination for students.

With its innovative infrastructure, CBU will maximize the impact of its already strong program of community-engaged research, expand the number and scale of its industry partnerships, and transform Cape Breton Island. Specifically, the CDI will feature:

  • Collaborative research laboratories for faculty and researchers.
  • State-of-the-art teaching laboratories and active learning classrooms to train talent for the innovation ecosystem in Cape Breton and Atlantic Canada and support local businesses and industry.
  • Community engagement and innovation hub to facilitate community-based collaboration, public outreach and industry partnerships.
  • Carbon reduction advancement by replacing CBU’s existing science building, which is more than 50 years old and the largest energy-user on campus.
  • Enhanced competitive advantage in domestic and international markets to support population growth and ensure economic vitality for Cape Breton Island.