David Johnston Research + Technology Park

Carol Stewart

The David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T) is one of the largest research parks in Canada and is uniquely located on the University of Waterloo's North Campus. Designed to accommodate 1.2 million square feet of office space on 120-acres (49 hectares), the Research Park houses thousands of ICT industry researchers, and technology jobs. The Research Park has generated an economic impact of $602 million in spending, $428 million in GDP, and $319 million in labour.

The cornerstone of the park is the Accelerator Centre (AC) which is a world-renowned, award-winning centre for the cultivation of technology entrepreneurship located at the gateway of the R+T Park in Waterloo, Ontario. The Accelerator Centre has graduated over 30 companies from their Accelerator Program , and has been ranked 9/10 for overall experience by their clients. Today the park is home to 50+ companies and almost 3,500 knowledge workers.

Thinking Sustainably.

In this issue, we put the spotlight on an exciting new partnership between Sustainable Waterloo Region (SWR) and our Research + Technology Park, as we become the first tech park in Canada and the first campus-like member to join SWR's Regional Carbon Initiative. WATCH sat down with executive director of SWR, Tova Davidson to learn more about her organization and what this new partnership means for the Region.

WATCH also spent some quality time with Dr. Jean Andrey, the Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, learning about the faculty's journey from its inception in 1969 as one of the first environmental studies programs in Canada to today. We also talk with the team at professional engineering services firm Stantec, about the trends they are seeing with respect to sustainability. Adrian Conrad, director of The Cora Group about the implications of building sustainably and finally, we chat with Matt Stevens, CEO of CrossChasm on how him and his team are changing the world of electric vehicles.

Carol Stewart, David Johnston Research + Technology Park and President, Association Research Parks Canada, aurpcanada.com.