$12M in Federal Funding for Southern Ontario Water Consortium Announced

From Fleming College:

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON (Jan. 15, 2016) — Fleming College is part of a group of post-secondary institutions with expertise in water technology that will participate in a number of industry-led collaborative projects as a result of $12 million in federal government funding to the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC).

CAWT Director & Senior Scientist Brent Wootton with The Hon. Navdeep Bains

CAWT Director & Senior Scientist Brent Wootton with The Hon. Navdeep Bains

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the funding to the SOWC (through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), at the University of Waterloo on Thursday, Jan. 14. The SOWC is made up of 10 post-secondary institutions working to advance clean and innovative water technologies. Fleming, home to the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT), is the only community college member of the SOWC.

It is anticipated that the funding to the SOWC will provide partnership opportunities for approximately 90 businesses and non-profit organizations to work on 80 collaborative projects. The projects are aimed at helping these private and non-profit sector partners develop and commercialize new water-related technologies, at the same time as creating/maintaining up to 520 jobs across southern Ontario.

Building on the over ten years’ experience that Fleming College and the CAWT have in providing applied research and development services to the water and wastewater sectors, Fleming will participate in several of the program’s collaborative projects.

PM Justin Trudeau at Thursday's announcement

PM Justin Trudeau at Thursday’s announcement

“Fleming College and the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment are proud to bring their experience in water and wastewater applied research to the companies participating in the SOWC’s Advancing Water Technology program,” said Dr. Brent Wootton, CAWT Director & Senior Scientist. “We have worked with many of the innovative and exciting technologies that have come out of southern Ontario and we look forward to helping more local companies reach the global market through our applied R&D and pre-commercialization services.”

The CAWT hopes to begin working on the first of these collaborative projects within the next few weeks.

SOWC Executive Director Brenda Lucas

SOWC Executive Director Brenda Lucas

Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly with Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development

Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly with Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development