The Waterloo Region's environment industry has a well-deserved reputation for innovative technologies and services across a broad range of sub-sectors.
The Region is well known for its excellence in engineering and commitment to create a critical mass of scholars and research with a large talent pool consisting of graduates coming from University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier and Conestoga College. There are also many research institutes, unique initiatives and R&D in the area.
Key research and development organizations that serve clean technology companies in Ontario include:
Energy Research Centre supports cutting-edge research and technology development in energy conversion in areas including, solar thermal research laboratory, energy and pollution modelling, fuel cell research, development labs and advanced photovoltaic devices and systems.
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) is known to be Canada's largest concentration of academic researchers devoted to sustainable energy. It conducts original research and develops innovative solutions and policies to help transform the energy system for long-term sustainability. It houses the new Smart Grid Research and Innovation Centre as well.
Cisco Waterloo Incubator focusing on research in the area of smart power grid technology, the Incubation Centre is a great resource for entrepreneurs by enabling them to tap into the company's equipment, expertise and global ecosystem ensuring that Waterloo Region remains one of Ontario's key technology hubs and that it will continue to attract and produce some of the most talented individuals in Canada.
The Water Institute focuses on the sustainable use and management of water resources to support healthy and prosperous communities and ecosystems at the national and international scale. The Institute has emerged as an internationally recognized research institution specializing in aquatic ecology, toxicology, atmospheric and hydrological sciences, water and wastewater treatment, water policy, management and governance.