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