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U of Waterloo expands startup program on campus with new lab

January 18, 2016

The University of Waterloo is expanding its internationally respected Velocity incubator with the opening of a new lab on campus and the addition of Velocity Start, a new space where any aspiring student entrepreneurs can develop their ideas. Velocity Science is tripling the size of its on-campus lab to more than 2,600 square feet, which […]

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No “one size fits all approach” to scaling up businesses in Ontario

January 15, 2016

Toronto – A major contributor to Ontario’s prosperity gap is the small size of its firms. Aiming to close this gap, the Institute’s new Working Paper, A place to grow: Scaling up Ontario’s firms, assesses the factors that contribute to a business’s size. Given the diverse nature of Ontario’s business, the Working Paper found there […]

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Ontario utility rolls out microgrid project using Tesla’s Powerwall

January 14, 2016

AJAX, Ont.—One of Ontario’s leading utilities is launching a project that will use residential solar coupled with Tesla’s new Powerwall energy storage unit to create two residential microgrids in Ajax, Ont. Veridian Connections, a utility that serves 119,000 Ontario customers east of Toronto, plans to launch the program in the second quarter of of 2016. […]

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New $50M program aimed at helping small Canadian companies export

January 6, 2016

KITCHENER, Ont.—Canada’s federal government has launched a new program designed to help more small and medium-sized enterprises look beyond our borders. With just 2 per cent of SMEs currently selling their products or services abroad, CanExport will provide small businesses with as much as $100,000 toward export development costs. Read more at canadianmanufacturing.com.

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Ontario Made: Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century

December 10, 2015

Rethinking Manufacturing in the 21st Century This full report analyzes the economic factors behind the recent struggles of Ontario’s manufacturing sector, and offers recommendations as to what Ontario can do to cultivate this sector. Introduction Over the past decade, manufacturing in Ontario has been challenged by fundamental changes in the global economy. First, the rise […]

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50 megawatt solar project to be built in Windsor, Ont.

December 10, 2015

WINDSOR, Ont.—Windsor International Airport will be home to southwestern Ontario’s newest solar project. Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Connor, Clark and Lunn Infrastructure have announced the formation of a partnership that will fund a 50 megawatt solar farm located on the city’s airport grounds. “The Windsor Solar project, along with our other projects in the […]

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