Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a region that has been shaped by three key things: innovative minds, a commitment to sustainability and our connection to water with the Trent-Severn Waterway, and it’s 150+ lakes winding its way through our landscapes.
It is not just the rich natural resources but the business and innovation ecosystem, well-equipped labs homegrown talent from 2 local educational institutions (with another just a short drive away), and major municipal investments into development opportunities, that shape the success of cleantech businesses that call this region “home”.
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Cleantech Education & Research
Trent University graduates between 160 to 180 students within the Environmental & Life Sciences graduate program, one of the oldest thesis research-based environmental graduate programs and one of the top programs of its type in Canada.
Trent University is the #1 Undergraduate University in Ontario & the #4 Undergraduate Research University in Canada. It’s also home to 14 state-of-the-art environmental and life science-focused research facilities.
- Trent University Office of Research and Innovation
- Trent University Water Quality Centre – most comprehensive mass spectrometry facility in Canada, specializing in method development and the application of new, innovative techniques for measuring isotopes and trace amounts of organic/inorganic contaminants in water and other environmental compartments.
Fleming College is creating a talent pipeline with the Water Operator and Wastewater Operator Training Programs as well as the Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management Co-op
- Fleming College Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre – an 87,000 square foot trades and technology skills training facility, located in Peterborough that provides facilities for teaching and training students from Fleming College, regional secondary schools, and regional industry.
- Fleming School of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences and School of Trades and Technology
- Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) – an internationally recognized water and wastewater research institute.
Ontario Tech University
Located just a short drive away is Ontario Tech University which is home to a Clean Energy Research Lab (CERL) – a world-class facility where researchers are working on the world’s first lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production.
The CERL is used to conduct research on hydrogen production, heat engines, and nanotechnology. Currently, researchers are working on the world’s first lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production. Hydrogen is a clean energy carrier of the future and potentially major solution to the problem of climate change.
Cleantech in Canada
Cleantech in Ontario
Home to a skilled workforce over 54% of the population possess a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.
Over 5400 local graduates across all program areas for Fleming College and Trent University (in 2018). 96% of Trent grads employed within 2 years.
14% of grads are in STEM related occupations.
A Living Lab: Sustainable community
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a community committed to sustainability and is one of only a few Ontario communities with a Sustainability report card.
Green Economy Peterborough is part of an innovative, award-winning national network of Green Economy Hubs, which helps its members identify, set, and achieve sustainability goals while improving the bottom line.
Peterborough-Kawartha Haliburton-Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE)
Peterborough Kawartha Haliburton is designated as a Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University as endorsed by UNESCO – 1 of only 8 RCE’s in Canada.
The Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas supports innovative entrepreneurs in the formation and growth of their technology-driven companies, including cleantech.
The Innovation Cluster operates The Cube, Peterborough’s two full-service business incubators: The Trent Makerspace – a world-class lab facility for cleantech companies to produce, test, and commercialize IP-based biotechnology products, and the Downtown incubator – a cleantech lab space called the H2O Makerspace with over $50,000 of benchtop water tech equipment available for innovators to use.
Sustainable Peterborough is a community-based, regional partnership comprised of community groups, residents, businesses, local governments, and First Nations. Partners work together to ensure a sustainable future through the integration of the sustainability framework identified in the Community Sustainability Plan which defines what a Sustainable Peterborough will look like for the next generation and sets goals, directions, and actions for balancing the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic pillars of sustainability.
In Good Company
Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.
Siemens Canada’s Process Instrumentation factory designs measurement instruments and automated equipment for the process industries.
Across Canada SGS Minerals’ integrated approach delivers testing and expertise through out the entire mining life cycle leading clients to project success.