Academic Liaison


To establish an academic liaison between the Canadian Process Control industry and academic institutions to provide students of engineering & technology, as well as faculty members, with greater knowledge of the role and contribution that process control plays in our industrial infrastructure. We will begin working more closely with Colleges across Canada to ensure students are aware of the many career opportunities with member companies and provide members access to the best and brightest.


To promote continued growth and development of the science and technology of instrumentation and automation technology by encouraging, promoting and supporting students and academic institutions. We plan to begin working with colleges on Capstone Projects: A capstone project takes place in the final year in a college program and is a course where students apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their previous courses through a project. A capstone project usually includes designing and building a small prototype, system or unit. It is called a capstone because it represents a crowning achievement as a capstone does in architecture. Due to significant emphasis on applied training by the government, all colleges are looking at adding capstone course to their programs. Capstone (Course-based Research).


Each year, the CPCA Academic Liaison & Education Committee accepts and reviews applications for scholarship and bursary awards with selected universities and educational institutions. The recommendations are then presented to the CPCA board for review and ratification. Typically the academic institution selected by CPCA selects the qualified students based upon CPCA criteria.

Student & institutional award applications are judged and awarded based on merit with the following general requirements:

  • Full time undergraduate engineering and technology students pursuing studies in instrumentation, automation and/or control systems.
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident of Canada


  • 1998 – CPCA established the Academic Liaison & Education Committee; provided a scholarship award to the University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • 1999 – Provided 3 bursary awards to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • 2000 – Continued support of both UNB and BCIT
  • 2001 – Continued support of UNB for 2 students
  • 2002 – Provided scholarship to Seneca College
  • 2003 – Provide scholarship to SAIT
  • 2004 – Scholarship to Vanier College
  • 2005 – Bursary to BCIT, Lambton College, Mohawk Collage, NAIT; scholarship to Vanier College
  • 2006 & 2007 – Scholarships to BCIT, SAIT, NAIT, Mohawk College & Lambton College
  • Current – 5 year agreements with NAIT, Lambton College and McMaster University to provide commitments for $2,500/year each

Student Letter

  • 2015 – Kamran Mirza
  • 2016 – Dustin Grainger

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