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.

Hail to the Engineer

Waterloo Region is renowned for producing world-class engineering talent. Engineers educated at the University of Waterloo are in high demand around the globe, and are central to the start up and technology ecosystem that has become an integral part of our Region's brandidentity. In this issue of Watch, we pay tribute to the engineers here at the Research + Technology Park.

  • In Nano Nano we meet the brilliant founders of H2Nan0 and learn how they are using revolutionary nanotechnology to clean contaminated water supplies.

  • We learn more about an exciting new collaboration between three technology firms: Miovision, Brisk Synergies and Ecopia . All of whom had their beginning at the Waterloo Accelerator Centre.

  • We chat with Dr. David Major, one of the founders of GeoSyntec, a global environmental engineering firm with deep roots in Waterloo Region, and;

  • With the help of Christine Moresoli, Associate Dean, Co-operative Education & Professional Affairs, University of Waterloo, we take a proud look at University of Waterloo's world-class engineering coop program, examining its growth and impact.