Media advisory: Official launch of the uOttawa-Kanata North knowledge exchange platform

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Youth participating in tech event

The most successful technology ecosystems around the world are defined by the close integration of industry and universities, which is why the new uOttawa x Kanata North knowledge exchange platform makes perfect sense. The new initiative will make uOttawa the first postsecondary institution to have a physical presence in Canada’s largest technology park and will further cement our partnership with companies in Kanata North, as announced last November.

Gaining access to talent is a priority for Kanata North companies, which are tapping into our pool of students and highly qualified graduates and working with our CO-OP program, ranked among the top five in Canada.

More specifically, this university-industry collaboration will:

  • Stimulate knowledge transfer and facilitate access to uOttawa talent, researchers and educational programs by setting up a physical presence in Kanata North.
  • Help foster innovation through collaborative research projects.
  • Offer seminars, workshops and classes that meet the specific needs of the Kanata North community and make the University’s research capacities better known.
  • Connect industry and students through co-op placements, internships and alumni.
  • Foster new business initiatives as students will benefit from the tech companies’ business savvy to turn research breakthroughs into commercial reality.

Detailed event scenario available on demand.

WHAT:  Official launch of the uOttawa x Kanata North knowledge exchange platform


  • The Honorable Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Mayor Jim Watson
  • Karen McCrimmon, MP for Kanata-Carleton
  • Jenna Sudds, Councillor, Ward 4 Kanata North
  • Jacques Frémont, president and vice-chancellor
  • Sylvain Charbonneau, Vice-President, Research
  • Sir Terry Matthews (at the 5 pm reception)

WHEN: April 25, 2019 / Leaders’ Breakfast (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) + networking sessions (10:00 to 5:00 pm) + Reception (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.)


WHERE:  535 Legget Drive, Room 200


  • The University of Ottawa currently has close to 30 research collaborations or projects with Kanata North companies, including industry leaders such as Nokia, IBM, Ericsson and Ciena.


  • In 2018, 275 uOttawa students held co-op placements with Kanata North businesses.



For additional information:

Isabelle Mailloux Pulkinghorn


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