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College of the North Atlantic

CNA is the largest post-secondary educational and technical skills training centre in Atlantic Canada; enrolling learners each year in more than 100 full-time programs across five schools: Academics, Applied Arts, and Tourism; Business and Information Technology; Engineering Technology; Health Sciences; and Natural Resources and Industrial Trades. For nearly 60 years, since the opening of Trades and Vocational School campuses throughout Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), college education has evolved and responded to the education and training needs of this province. Today, CNA has multiple campuses and delivers programs and services to students in NL and across the globe, including online delivery and blended learning opportunities. Its geographic reach includes students taking its courses and programs in China and Qatar. CNA also recently ramped up its educational development outreach partnering with other institutions to bring Canadian standards, curriculum, and instructional approaches in trades education to developing countries. Additional information on CNA’s mandate and lines of business can be found on the CNA website: www.cna.nl.ca.

Research Capabilities

Applied Mineralogy

  • Multi-disciplinary research in innovative mineral exploration techniques
  • Characterization of  mineralogy and chemistry of materials commonly used in mineral processing and exploration
  • Non-destructive chemical testing
  • Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometry (LIBS)

Materials Laboratory

  • Characterization of the chemical and physical properties of materials
  • Gas Chromatograph-MS and Gas Chromatograph -FID, TCT, UV VIS Spectrophotometer, Cyclic Voltammeter, two rotating disk analyzers, and related equipment

Mineral Processing Lab

  • Multi-disciplinary research in mineral extraction and grade control
  • Equipment includes: Flotation Cell, Jaw Crusher, Automated Drill Hole Sampler, WDXRF Analyzer, and related equipment

Manufacturing Technology

  • Creation of complex geometric models of product concepts
  • Injection molding
  • Vacuum former
  • Coordinate measuring machine
  • Wire electrical discharge machine
  • Computer numerical-controlled machining centres and lathes
  • CO2 Laser


  • Synchrotron beamline
  • Thin film technologies
  • Differential scanning calorimetry
  • UUV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy
  • Atomic force spectroscopy
  • Dielectric measurements
  • Dark and photoconductivity measurements
  • Cell design for conductivity and dielectric measurements instrumentation

Harsh Environment Testing

  • Burin Peninsula Research Center
  • Extreme environment exposure testing
  • Metal fabrication
  • Welding
  • QA failure analysis
  • Electronics, control systems


  • Cisco Instructor Training Centre and Academy Support Centre

NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC)

  • NLWIC provides a coordinated point of access for all labour market stakeholders to identify, research, test, and share ideas around innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment and self-employment of all citizens including targeted groups under-represented in the labour market
  • The Centre has a team of five:  Director; Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator; Research Associate; Information and Media Officer; and Administrative Officer
  • NLWIC’s four core activities are:  stakeholder engagement; research funding; best practices repository; and capacity building

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