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Do you have a challenge that you need help to solve?

The Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC) is here to provide applied research and innovation services so central Alberta’s manufacturing businesses can enhance productivity, competitiveness, and see results.

The CIM-TAC team is made up of experts in design, simulation, manufacturing, validation, and commercialization of both new and existing products as well as manufacturing processes. We combine this expertise with access to $5.9M in advanced manufacturing machinery and equipment. And when you partner with the CIM-TAC you get more than just the equipment. You get an experienced team of innovative designers and machinists working alongside you every step of the way. With your ideas, their guidance, and the right design process and approach, you’re on track for something remarkable.

Are you looking to advance your organization? Do you have an innovative idea but lack the resources to bring it to life? We can help. Our team is ready and determined to find the appropriate solution for you. Contact us today.

Dr. Tonya Wolfe
403.342.3360 |

Dr. Tonya Wolfe, PhD P.Eng, is Red Deer Polytechnic’s Associate Vice President, Applied Research. Since arriving at RDP in 2020, she has spearheaded the growth and development of the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC) and the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC). Her leadership significantly contributed to RDP’s recognition as one of Canada’s Top 50 Applied Research Colleges and #1…

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Sherri O'Muir

After receiving a certificate of French language competency from Université Laval and graduating with a BA in communications from Simon Fraser University, Sherri spent several years planning and promoting regional, provincial, national, and eventually world skills competitions for students in trades and technologies.

Sherri worked in the non-profit sector, for private industry, and at…

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Ryan Pannenbecker

As a CNC Fabrication Technician in the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC) since 2014, Ryan Pannenbecker works with industry clients, faculty, students, and staff to fabricate complex designs in innovative ways. 

Ryan successfully completed the Machinist Certificate Program from NAIT in 1996 and earned his Red Seal Journeyman Certificate in 1999. His 17 years of industry…

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Jennifer Dornstauder

Jennifer Dornstauder has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta, and and received her Professional Engineering designation in 2021.

Prior to joining the CIM-TAC as an Manufacturing Design Engineer, Jennifer worked for companies across Canada developing and manufacturing mining and industrial equipment. She will be conducting engineering and design on industrial…

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Jayden Koster

Jayden Koster has a Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma from Red Deer Polytechnic, but his education didn’t stop at graduation. An Innovation Lab Technician in the CIM-TAC since July of 2020, he has continued training on state-of-the-art equipment and learning how to use various software programs and tools.

“Each machine has different programming software that is unique to its…

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Teddy Pope

Teddy Pope is an enthusiastic and dynamic leader, with many years of experience in team-building and leading others in a variety of industries. As a Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative, and holding a Professional Engineering designation and a Bachelor of Engineering degree, he is well-positioned to help potential clients develop projects with the Centre for Innovation in…

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After 20 years in industry including everything from working on the shop floor to project management for a large oilfield supply company, Blair Foster joined the CIM-TAC team in May 2018. His role as a Design and Fabrication Lab Technician gives him the satisfaction of seeing a client’s vision progress from concept through design and prototype fabrication into a final product.


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Angela Menzel

As the CIM-TAC Assistant, Angela Menzel works behind the scenes providing administrative support to the team - tracking project plans, arranging meetings, documenting projects, looking after contracts, and overseeing the day-to-day administrative operation of the department.

Angela is an alumna of Red Deer Polytechnic and is committed to lifelong learning. As part of her ongoing…

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Alicia Cafferata-Arnett
403.356.4940 |

Alicia Cafferata-Arnett has been at Red Deer Polytechnic helping companies, entrepreneurs, and students succeed since 2008. As an Applied Research Specialist, she is involved in multiple CIM-TAC projects and is particularly effective at helping clients to access grants and funding.

After graduating from Trent University with a Bachelor of Chemical Physics, Alicia then completed her…

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CIM-TAC Advisory Council

Andre McDonald, University of Alberta Simon Coulson, Mohawk College
Lori Sheremeta, NAIT Young Li, Suncor
Ryan Smith, Nexus Peter Lacey, Cervus Equipment
Tracie Reed, Silverstream Energy Maureen Toews, Red Deer College
Garett Cupples, Gentex Chris Diaper, TecEdmonton
Barbara Engelbart McKenzie, Business Link         Guillaume Sabourin, NSERC
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Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing - Technology Access Centre

Mon - Fri | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Email: innovation [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (innovation[at]rdpolytech[dot]ca)

Phone: 403.342.3400

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