What is the Guelph Lab
The Guelph Lab is a joint initiative of the University of Guelph and City of Guelph. The Lab serves two functions: it supports innovation within both organizations and it links City initiatives to research and teaching at the University.
Co-directed by the General Manager of IT and Innovation at the City and the Director of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University, the Lab provides a jointly funded staff facilitator who works between the two organizations.
The Guelph Lab aims to increase the capacity of both organizations to address the complex challenges facing the community of Guelph. It: acts as a testing ground for new ideas; convenes interdisciplinary teams of policy makers, funders, citizens, service providers, business, and labour; it enables those with firsthand experience and knowledge of social problems to help share and lead discussions; and it tests proposals that emerge from the process and assess their impact.
Why a “Lab”? The Lab works at the confluence of research, training and experimentation. It builds small teams that design, develop and test new ideas, and supports early implementation. The Guelph Lab is one of a growing number of “innovation Labs” working in Canada and around the world.