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Think Innovation Think Durham Why the key business sectors continue to move to Durham. Agri-business • Innovative Technology Manufacturing • Life Sciences Energy, environment and engineering

Spark Centre


Toyota Expands to Bowmanville

Fueling Innovation through their many Partners And Alliances

Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network tech development site coming to Durham

New home for Eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre



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A message from Regional Chair and CEO

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am pleased to highlight some of the exciting initiatives underway here in Durham Region. Entrepreneurship is thriving in our Region. Durham companies have what it takes to compete, creating exciting products and services. Our advisory centres and business networks are connecting and supporting start-ups and small and mediumsized businesses, delivering funding, mentorship and expert advice. Our eight communities are working to create an innovation ecosystem, building on successes and forging new partnerships. Together, we are exploring fresh and innovative ways to use technology to address municipal challenges. We are thrilled to announce that Durham Region has been selected as a lead jurisdiction in research, development and testing that will drive the future of transportation. In partnership with the Spark Centre, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and its Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), and Durham College, the Region will be home to one of six Regional Technology Development Sites funded through the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network. Building on our proud history as a global leader in automotive manufacturing, we will continue to collaborate with our partners across government, industry and academia to realize the transformative opportunities of connected and autonomous vehicles. Along with our local economic development offices, we are working hard to develop partnerships with international industry associations to spur foreign direct investment. Our five-year economic development strategy

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Gerri Lynn O’Connor showcases Durham’s priority sectors, illustrating why we are the right choice for a bright future. Durham’s postsecondary institutions play an active and vital role in creating and maintaining the Durham advantage. Our investment in talent, a competitive business climate, interconnected infrastructure, and an unmatched quality of life are some of the many advantages we offer for business. Throughout the Region, we continue to invest in the infrastructure and community services that support our economy and quality of life. We are guided by our Strategic Plan, and our updated Transportation Master Plan is designed to keep us moving until 2031 and beyond. We are proud of our highly acclaimed Community Climate Adaptation Plan to allow us all to better manage the impact of extreme weather. Using a similar collaborative approach, we are working to develop a Community Energy Plan—setting out strategies that could dramatically reduce energy costs and carbon emissions in our communities, creating jobs along the way. We are building the foundation for a smart, resilient, inclusive and prosperous community that will be a leader in Ontario and beyond. The path forward is full of possibilities and potential. We invite you to learn more about the exciting developments unfolding in Durham Region!   Gerri Lynn O’Connor Durham Regional Chair and CEO

Innovations across a variety of sectors are triggering a wealth of foreign direct investment in Durham Region.

We’re passionate about our communities At Veridian Connections, we embrace innovation to provide safe, efficient and reliable distribution services that support the growth and well-being of our customers and our communities. We’re proud to call Durham Region home, and to be a partner in its ongoing success. @VeridianTweets



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Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre What is the catalyst of innovation? What source inspires transformation or compels entrepreneurs to tackle big problems with seemingly unconventional solutions?


t Spark Centre, they believe its imagination. But as much as imagination may be the source, they recognize that collaboration is the fuel that brings innovation to life. “Collaboration attracts success and creates the nexus where unexpected and amazing things happen,” says Spark CEO, Sherry Colbourne.

At Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre in Oshawa, collaboration is the backbone of growth. Together with their industry partners and stakeholders, they are building a globally recognized technology and innovation ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs who seek to create competitive, world-class businesses. From Pickering to Northumberland County, they are thinking local but acting global. Countries around the world want to join forces with Canada and Spark Centre is establishing itself as an innovation centre poised to accept these innovations to the eastern GTA through collaborative agreements with international knowledge centres around

the globe. With only one year under its belt as a Canada Startup Visa designate, they have attracted interest from 85 foreign startups, representing 6 major regions around the world, to immigrate to Durham Region and grow their businesses. They are also using these global connections to open international markets to their many successful local startups.

The recent award of Spark Centre and its innovation partners, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and Durham College (DC), as one of six Regional Technology Development Site (RTDS) for the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), acknowledges the inroads the region has made as an innovation cluster. This

unique opportunity to be part of a larger network of innovation, is expected to harness the talents across the province and enhance Ontario’s position as a leader in the next generation of mobile technologies. Focused on the human/ machine interface and user experience, the Durham RTDS AVIN consortium will utilize its many local and global connections to advance the development of autonomous technologies. Managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence, the province will invest $5 million through Spark Centre to establish a Regional Technology Development Site for

controlled-environment driverless vehicle testing inside the university’s three-storey ACE Climatic Wind Tunnel. AVIN is expected to provide a competitive advantage to Ontario and allow it to reinforce its position as a North American leader in transformative automotive technologies, as well as transportation and infrastructure systems. “RTDS activity will bring demand-driven AV innovation and

commercial-scale new technologies to market in the heart of the WindsorOttawa Automotive Innovation Corridor,” says Justin Gammage, PhD, Industry Liaison Specialist, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. “Ontario’s evolving cluster of cleanenergy companies will also integrate AV-enabled technologies with other devices we use every day in the ‘Internet of Things’: new connections with applications for work, travel and play.” So, what might some of these technologies look like? How about an AI powered in-car natural language productivity and collaboration tool that provides blazingly fast, real-time transcripts of meetings and business conversations? Spark Centre client is working on this very innovation and could turn the daily commute into a high productivity extension of the office.

Or, how about in-seat sensors for measuring human health? Perhaps thought leaders at Durham College’s AI Hub can partner with Lakeridge Health and UOIT’s ACE Centre to drive advances in sensor technology and bring this kind of solution into commercial use. The possibilities are endless. But, one thing we know for sure is that through imagination and collaboration, the region of Durham is generating transformative innovations and enabling local SMEs to start, scale, compete and win in the global marketplace.



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University of Ontario Institute of Technology: providing research, talent and expertise to Durham Region


n its first 15 years, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa has cemented its reputation as a leader in research and innovation, and as a key economic driver in a transforming economy. “The university represents a tremendous asset to Durham Region. We have more than 80 unique research facilities and a flexible intellectual property model that makes it a dynamic resource for industry,” said Jennifer Freeman, director of research services. “We offer businesses our significant expertise and R&D capacity, along with supplying career-ready graduates to develop their workforce. There’s no question that our university enhances the region’s and the province’s competitive advantage.” In fact, the university contributes more than $200 million to Ontario’s

economy each year and generates some 2,000 jobs, two-thirds of them in Durham and Northumberland County. Faculty and students have founded 28 companies employing 240 people in the last four years. While offering a broad range of programs in its seven faculties, the university has specialized expertise in digital and information sciences, community health, education, energy, and the environment. Its ACE wind tunnel is a one-ofa-kind facility used by companies for testing and training in the automotive, construction, engineering, defence, aerospace, emergency services, apparel, and energy sectors. ACE plays a key role in testing autonomous vehicles, replicating weather conditions from blizzard to desert, producing winds up to 300 km/h, temperatures from -40 C to

60 C, and humidity from 5 per cent to 95 per cent. The university also boasts one of the world’s largest aquatic toxicology labs, the country’s only undergraduate nuclear engineering program, and 11 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). Among its CRCs are Janette Hughes, PhD, a world-leading education expert who uses digital technology to transform student-learning experiences, and Sheldon Williamson, PhD, who develops smart, electric energy-storage systems for Canada’s transportation industry. Engineering researchers also engage in a partnership on the first large-scale microgrid at a Canadian university. Microgrids can provide critical power to hospitals, military sites and other crucial infrastructure during emergencies. Established in 2003 to support a growing local economy, the University

of Ontario Institute of Technology’s enrolment has grown from 900 to more than 10,000 undergraduate, masters and PhD students. The university possesses an expanding greenfield campus in the city’s north, plus a vital presence in Oshawa’s downtown. The university’s founding principles include work-integrated learning and accelerated pathways to degrees for those with college diplomas. “We provide a unique training ground for employees and entrepreneurs of the future,” said Lindsay Coolidge, manager of government and community relations. “Local businesses benefit from a crucial talent pool, along with the access to our faculties’ extensive expertise and to our applied research and partnership know-how.”



YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS Software and Informatics Research Centre Firefighter cold-weather training in the ACE testing facility

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Clarington: The Land of Confident Investment


ith a population fast approaching 100,000 and a growing community of over 5,000 businesses, Clarington offers what investors and companies desire: affordable serviced land, proximity to market and amenities, business support and a progressive, engaged community.

Eyes are on Clarington as the place to grow through new business, local expansion or redevelopment investments. Clarington, comprised of four main communities of Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle and Orono, is home to four of the top 100 largest infrastructure projects in Canada. $16 billion is

currently being invested in the Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment project, Highway 407 east expansion to Highway 35/115, Port Granby Project, and the expansion of the GO Train to Bowmanville expected to be in service by 2024. On April 26th, 2018, Toyota Canada Inc. hosted their design reveal in Clarington, showcasing their new 350,000 square foot Eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Bowmanville. The new facility will be built through Leeswood Construction on a 30-acre parcel near the corner of Baseline Road and Lambs Road and will employ over 100 people. Their plan is to be open by Fall 2019. 2017 and 2018 has seen a steady increase of activity and interest from the cannabis industry. Regulated by Health Canada, Clarington is currently home to three medical cannabis facilities employing over 150 people. Five more licenced producers are planning to establish facilities in Clarington, each in different stages of land acquisition, site plan process and construction. It is anticipated this industry will represent

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over 1000+ skilled jobs including those involved in research & development efforts. On January 29, 2018, Ontario Minister of Health and LongTerm Care Dr. Eric Hoskins, together with Durham MPP, Granville Anderson announced the Government of Ontario’s approval for the expansion of the Bowmanville Hospital. The development plans are expected to include the construction of a new hospital wing, which will better meet the growing health care needs of those living in East Durham. Timelines for construction could be at least two years. At this early stage, this project is estimated to represent approximately $300 million in project costs.  With growth of a community, comes growth in opportunity. Clarington continues to offer investment and redevelopment opportunities such as a mixed-use redevelopment on 39 acres in downtown Bowmanville and an 11-acre waterfront redevelopment opportunity – both with potential to enhance and compliment the community and accommodate future growth.

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Port Granby Project

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LEADING THE INTERSECTION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY Healthcare in Canada is rapidly changing and technology is playing a pivotal part in this transition. The days of recognizing symptoms, going to the doctor, hoping for an accurate diagnosis and then accessing the right treatment is giving way to self-diagnosis, wearable devices, in-home sensors and expert point of care systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI) with a global reach into medical data repositories. The healthcare system of tomorrow will require a robust supply of highly skilled professionals, armed with a hybrid skill set of expertise in medical technology, life sciences and business practices, who also understand eHealth and the role AI will play in keeping Canadians healthy. Which is where Durham College (DC) comes in, as healthcare and AI converge in its labs and classrooms. With the launch of its first degree program in September 2018, an Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management (BHCTM), DC has developed a curriculum that will address the current skills gap that exists between technology and the patient side of the industry. “We know that medical technology and AI are key to optimizing delivery of healthcare in Ontario and around the world, but as that technology advances so does the need for professionals who speak the language of both the innovators and the practitioners,” said Dr. Elaine Popp, vice-president, Academic, DC. “Graduates of the BHCTM program will be the implementers who can bridge the two sides, providing strategic leadership that encompasses the assessment of current and innovative technologies and matching them to clinical objectives.”

As students study in the BHCTM program, the college is also leading the way in supporting small and medium-sized businesses in the health care field to adopt AI solutions. Home to the Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions (the AI Hub), DC can not only apply AI concepts and best practices within its programs, it can also engage with existing businesses and start-up ventures utilizing advanced AI techniques and solutions to address their practical problems. With funding from Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the AI Hub offers industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and platforms and student talent through applied research, consultation, advisory and support services, workshops and seminars. By creating a repository of publicly accessible business solution implementations, hosting a lecture series and symposia for the business community, and developing specialized student training sessions, the AI Hub is helping organizations who wish to develop and adopt artificial intelligence to innovate and grow. Given its AI expertise and new degree option, DC is perfectly positioned to usher in this new era of healthcare.


Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management Be in demand with a degree that is unique in Canada. Graduates have the combined expertise in medical technology, life sciences and business practices to become professionals in the growing healthcare industry.




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Sustainable Technologies for a Better Future™ Omachron Science Inc. is research and development company that has developed over seven hundred inventions which are the subject of over 500 patents.


anada has historically been at the forefront of science and technology. Its record of inventions is both enviable and diverse, including such items as Pablum, instant mashed potatoes, ginger ale, insulin, sonar, the walkie-talkie, the G suit and even Plexiglas. One of the driving forces behind today’s innovations is Omachron Science, a research and development group right here in Hampton that has been together for 40 years, small in number but large in creativity, imagination and output. Omachron carries out significant research in energy-efficient small appliances, water and wastewater treatment including desalination, sustainable agriculture, low-cost solar power, improved HVAC systems, advanced LED lighting, energy-storage alternatives to batteries, and low-cost manufacturing and recycling for plastics, metals, glass and ceramics. It lives by its catchphrase: “Sustainable Technologies for a Better Future,”™ recognizing the obligation to allow current and future generations to live better. The Omachron team, led by Wayne Conrad, has over 500 pending and granted patents. Omachron has licensed technology to many companies including Teledyne, Owens Corning, Climetec and SharkNinja. If you use a Shark product to clean your home, chances are you are using technology developed and patented by Omachron. We have all seen the world become a global economy, and we have seen large companies become dominant in manufacturing as the

required equipment and tooling have become increasingly expensive. Small entrepreneurs have had more than their share of challenges, but are now able to take advantage, on an unprecedented scale, of affordable 3D printers and CNC machines to prototype new ideas. However, mass production using 3D printing or CNC machines is not economically or technologically viable. For over a decade now, the technical team at Omachron has focused on evolving technology that could empower and enable individuals and small companies, as well as larger companies, to take their ideas into production using 50% to 90% less capital, space, energy, and maintenance resources when compared to conventional manufacturing processes. Omachron has focused its efforts on five main areas: advanced floor care technology including vacuum cleaners; sustainable manufacturing and recycling for plastics, metals, glass and ceramics; ultra low energy LED lighting; energy efficient HVAC including low cost solar and biomass options; sustainable agriculture. The recycling, molding and extrusion of plastics is one of the first of these projects that is now becoming a commercial reality. Omachron’s extrusion and molding processes use equipment 95% smaller than traditional equipment, and use 80% to 90% less energy to produce plastic parts. An Omachron injection molding machine, the size of an office desk, can replace a current machine which is the size of a railway locomotive. Moreover, it only uses about as much power as your home clothes dryer. An entrepreneur can start and run a molding or plastics extrusion business from their 2-car garage! The new molding process can be used to reproduce accurately micro-structures from smaller than a human hair to parts weighing hundreds of pounds.

Importantly, the parts have little or no internal stress, meaning they will not deform over time after they are made. The new tooling methods developed at Omachron allow quick turnaround of tooling at a fraction of the cost of conventional extrusion or injection-molding tools. These technical features will enable small business to invest in projects in which conventional injection molding is not viable because the parts needed per year are too small, or because the parts wanted are too big. Figure 1 shows a mid-sized part made on a machine about the size of an office desk. The part is so big kids can play inside it! These breakthroughs in scale of equipment, energy usage and cost will enable distributed manufacturing throughout the world. Local production can be made for local consumption.



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Omachron Looking Towards Future Some of the first product offerings from Omachron that utilize this new technology are plastic sheets, rods and blocks. These items can be used in manual and CNC machines by hobbyists, makers, designers, model builders, furniture manufacturers, cabinet makers, prototyping bureaus and companies to make new products or prototypes. In the current marketplace, plastic blocks and rods for machining are only available in a limited range of sizes, colours and materials and custom plastic blends to improve material properties are very difficult and expensive to obtain. Starting in November 2018, Omachron expects to open its customservices lab to the public to provide its PLASTI-BLOCKTM line of blocks, rods and custom shapes with proprietary colour blending and specialized additives in batches as small as 150 lbs., with lead times in as little as 5 to 10 business days. Omachron will offer an ever expanding range of sizes, colours and materials. Starting in November 2018, Omachron plans to make extrusion equipment available which is 90% smaller and uses 90% less energy than conventional extrusion equipment. Starting in June 2019, Omachron plans to offer custom molding services for large parts with walls up to 6 inches thick and part weights from a few to a few hundred pounds. Their tooling costs will be low and the resulting parts will have minimal internal stresses, and will therefore not significantly creep, distort or deform when machined or used in applications where the temperature is cycled. Parts as large as 120 inches long, 24 inches wide, and up to 6 inches thick

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Omachron carries out research in: Air Purification Clean Coal and Clean Biomass Combustion Systems

will be possible. Runs from as few as 10 parts per year to several hundred parts per year will be economically viable. Omachron expects that the tooling cost for large parts such as car bumpers will be under $100,000 with a lead time of only six to eight-weeks. It expects that final parts will cost less than $3 per pound plus the cost of the resin chosen. Starting in June 2020, Omachron intends to start making injection molding equipment available which is 90% smaller and uses 90% less energy than conventional injection molding

equipment and uses a new, low-cost, rapid-tooling process. The Omachron team has also been able to make new LED lighting systems which use 90% less energy than current LEDs. In addition, it has been successful in significantly reducing the size, cost and energy use of equipment for plastic blow molding, plastic rotational molding, metal stamping, metal casting, ceramics manufacturing and glass manufacturing. The company has not yet announced its plans to commercialize these technologies.

Compact, Low energy use low cost manufacturing and recycling systems for plastics, metals, ceramics and glass Energy Efficient Appliances Floor Care Products including Vacuum Cleaners Efficient Furnaces and AC Systems Hydrogen Generation and Storage Low Energy LED Lighting and Signs Plasma Waste Disposal Solar Heating and Air Conditioning Systems Sustainable Agriculture Water and Wastewater Treatment and desalination Systems



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Advanced Manufacturing Drives Durham Region’s Economy.


urham Region serves as an ideal location to support the expansion and development of companies wishing to expand businesses in advanced manufacturing due to the already existing land, location, multimodal transportation and logistics sector, educated workforce, infrastructure and work/life balance. The strengthening and deepening of the advanced manufacturing sector has resulted in the development of local infrastructures within the region. In the past five years the City of Pickering has seen over one million square feet of commercial and industrial space built. The location of Durham Region plays a large role in the success of the advanced manufacturing sector.

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The Region is located along the 401 and 407 Highways, which are vital Canadian trade routes that also connect the Quebec City-Windsor corridor and Montreal-Chicago corridor, which are pivotal to national and international trade. The proximity to the Port of Oshawa and adjacent rail spur also facilitates effortless intermodal transportation between Canada and North America. There is a tremendous opportunity for extended and continuous growth in advanced manufacturing due to the strong and dynamic base of manufacturers already present in Durham Region. This allows for long term development and employment opportunities within the Region.


Advanced manufacturing is the integration and utilization of technologies in a system of production to improve processes and techniques to produce goods and services faster, cheaper and cleaner. It is a subsector of manufacturing where innovation and the adoption of new technologies play a significant role in the competitive positioning and long term sustainability of a company’s operation.

Sample of Local Employers City of Pickering Active Automation Inc., Noranco Inc., Siemens, Howard Marten Company, Pacific Engineering Inc., Nelson Industrial Inc., Argus Industries Town of Ajax Autodyne Machinery Inc., Messier-Dowty, Manutek Industrial Manufacturing Ltd., Zakron Industries Inc. Town of Whitby AeroTek Manufacturing Ltd., Gerdau, Johnson Controls, Makita Canada Inc., Inductotherm Group Canada Inc., Keyscan Access Control Systems Inc., Lear Inc., ABB Inc., ASC Signal Corporation, Atlantic Lifts Ltd., Wegu Manufacturing, Timbren Industries Inc. City of Oshawa BRIC Engineered Systems, EHC Global, General Motors Canada Ltd., Deca Metal Products Ltd., Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), The PIC Group, Durham College*, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Cimetrix Solutions Inc. Township of Scugog Techstar Plastics Inc., Adamson Systems Engineering, Metal Man Manufacturing, SGS Tool Company, Canadian Sign Systems, Canplex Profiles Inc. Township of Brock Kenco Manufacturing Ltd., McGowan Welding and Fabrication, Northern Metalworks Township of Uxbridge Castool Tooling Systems, Hela Spice Canada Inc., Agile Manufacturing Inc. * Multiple locations in Durham Region



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Purdue Pharma (Canada): Supporting Innovation for More than 60 Years


t Purdue Pharma (Canada), we embrace our Mission of developing and providing innovative medicines for patients and health care professionals and of supporting quality education for the safe use of our products. And we’re proud to have the capability to discover, develop, make and commercialize innovative products for Canadians right here at the City of Pickering. In fact, approved prescription treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were developed here and we currently formulate and package both prescription and over-the-counter products in our Pickering facility. We also support the development of ideas and the advancement of innovations through local partnerships such as with the University of Ontario

Institute of Technology. The university’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition challenges students in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to quickly explain their research and convey its wider impact to a panel of non-specialist judges. Working at Purdue Pharma (Canada) offers the opportunity to participate in the earliest stages of product development and provide a broad variety of business-building opportunities from both national and worldwide sources. Our employees can expect a work environment that focuses on their health and wellness, while providing opportunities to grow, learn, be engaged and fulfilled while also making a positive difference. We believe we have a role to play in the health of our communities beyond providing innovative medicines.

And we demonstrate that through our support of various community organizations including The United Way of Durham, Station Gallery and Room 217. Our employees know that whether they bottle liquids, quality test tablets, develop new molecules, commercialize our consumer products, or pursue product approvals and reimbursement, we must each continue to do the right thing in every decision we make, every action we take, every day. Purdue Pharma (Canada) is a research-based pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company which has operated in Canada for over 60 years. Its 400 employees are committed to improving the health and quality of life of Canadians. The company has

a broad portfolio of prescription and non-prescription medications including: prescription treatments for pain, ADHD, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), various ophthalmic conditions and Consumer Healthcare products. The company supports evidence-based education for the safe use of its products. We’re a member of Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC). And since 1990, we’re proud to support innovation in and around The City of Pickering and Durham Region. Learn more at

Durham College contributing to the development of transformative automotive technologies


s part of its ongoing efforts to develop multi-community partnerships that support the local and provincial economy through applied research, Durham College (DC) has been named as a partner in the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) project in a recent announcement from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). The college will be a collaborator in the Regional Technology Development Site (RTDS) located in Durham Region. With six sites established as part of the project, DC will contribute by helping to support and enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, prototype, test and validate new technologies, access specialized equipment, and obtain technical and business advice in developing

transformative automotive technologies. DC’s role will be to focus on the human machine interface (HMI) and user experience by providing technology companies access to faculty expertise, student talent and state-of-the-art research facilities, thus helping them develop autonomous vehicle capabilities in a safe and controlled environment. In partnership with the province, OCE is administering an investment of up to $5 million over five years to Durham Region’s RTDS. “We are thrilled about this opportunity to continue our engagement with industry and community organizations in a new and exciting way,” said Debbie McKee Demczyk, dean, Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DC. “We look forward to using that expertise

to support the goals of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network.” The college’s ongoing experience in machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, means it is well equipped to assist in the development of in-car services unique to autonomous vehicles. This could range from developing multimodal data displays containing details about how the car is performing and reminding owners about maintenance schedules, to providing immediate, real-time information about the objects, buildings, signs and traffic patterns along the route. AVIN brings together industry, academia and government to capitalize on the economic opportunities of connected and autonomous vehicles, while supporting the province’s transportation systems and infrastructure

in adapting to these emerging technologies. Durham College will be working with Spark Centre (part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs), the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), UOIT’s Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the Region of Durham.



Inside Trafalgar Castle School’s Collaborative Classroom

What is it and why does it work?


etter together. That’s one thought Grade 5 and 6 Trafalgar Castle School students gladly share about combining classes to learn in the same space. There is power in collaborating – in helping each other, learning from each other, and giving feedback on assignments. The girls progress in their studies with more clarity and confidence when they join forces.

Teachers are also better together. Collaboration is as powerful for teacher development as it is for student outcomes. How do teachers know this? For a start, they talk to each other and to their students about what’s working best in the classroom. But they also do their homework. Great teachers are always looking for the most effective approaches to student learning, especially those with ample evidence of success. Some of that evidence can be found in the work of University of Melbourne professor John Hattie,

d u r h a m a world-recognized researcher in education. Hattie draws on data from thousands of studies to determine which factors impact students the most. Here are some at the top of the list: • Formative evaluation – teachers and peers provide assessment and feedback during the learning process, not just after an assignment is completed; • Teacher clarity – the teacher communicates and students understand the intentions of the lesson and what success looks like; • Feedback – the teacher collects feedback from the students on how students are doing and what they need to reach the next stage; • Teacher-student relationships – teachers actively build relationships with students, conveying confidence in their ability and recognizing individual differences; • Meta-cognitive strategies – students are taught how to see and assess their own thinking; • Problem-solving teaching – students are given problems and taught how to seek and evaluate solutions; and • Cooperative learning – students work together rather than individually for understanding and outcomes. These approaches to teaching and learning are fundamentally embedded in the collaborative classroom. “At Trafalgar, our Grade 5 and 6 students are coming together for shared classroom lessons and small-group mini-lessons based on different interests, rates of learning and stages of discovery,”

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explains Director of Lower School Christina Schindler. With each group engaged in a specific challenge, one of the three teachers in the room can then offer just the right support to accomplish the task. Instruction and feedback are tailored to the unique needs of small groups rather than provided to an entire class of students at different stages of work. This targeted approach is more effective for developing each girl’s knowledge, skills and understanding. “So much that students need to know how to do is cumulative and ongoing,” says Nancy Taylor, Grade 5 to 8 Program and Instructional Coach. “The progress we see is really exciting. As they work within the most effective groupings possible, they become more aware of their own growth. There’s a lot of joy in that.” Grade 5 student Thea agrees: “Last year, I didn’t feel as confident about my writing. I like learning from the Grade 6s and the Grade 5s as well. Sharing our ideas has helped me a lot. And there are lots of teachers in the room too.” Current areas of the collaborative curriculum are literacy, social studies and arts. In the future, additional grades will participate, starting with the new Grade 4 class in September 2018. Other subjects will also be integrated into a collaborative learning framework. To learn more about Trafalgar’s collaborative classroom or to book your visit contact

Introducing Grade 4 September 2018



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Words of wisdom from renowned Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen.


t Trent University, we see our institution as an integral part of the progressive design of the Durham region. Through curricular and co-curricular activities, as well as community partnerships, we aim to make positive contributions to the social, cultural, and economic fabric of “the new Durham”. Here are some highlights of our journey on the path of innovation and growth.

Campus Growth and Expansion

Located in Oshawa for over four decades, we currently have 1,200 students with projected growth to 2,000 by 2024. With land generously donated by the City of Oshawa, a new $26-million-expansion is in the final phases of approval by the Board. It will be a combined residence and academic building on Thornton Rd South with four floors to accommodate 200 beds, three lecture halls and spacious areas for office / administration, students, and research work.

New Programs

Our new Master of Management will be our first graduate program at the growing Durham Campus. It is designed as a 16-month, course-based master’s program with a Workplace Integrated Learning project. Starting in


To thrive and prosper, it’s important to challenge the way we think about the world...and learning itself. At Trent University Durham, this comes through in our bold research, commitment to teaching students as individual learners, community connections and innovative new programs.

September 2018, the program has over 100 applications to date. The focus is on providing managerial skills training for non-business students within five years of graduation. We see a lot of interest from international students in China, India, and Pakistan, and expect that one-third of the cohort will be domestic students.

Experience a transformative learning experience with us in the east GTA. • NEW MASTER OF MANAGEMENT – 16 month master’s degree with workplace integrated learning

Academic Innovation in Undergraduate Programs

• NEW LAW & ARTS AND LAW & BUSINESS – an honours B.A. or B.B.A. and LL.B. in just six years

Evolving programs to meet the changing needs of the Millennial workforce, much of our growth at the Durham campus is in the areas of Social Work, Child and Youth Studies, Media Studies, Communication Studies and Business, the latter with a variety of specializations including accounting, information systems and e-commerce. New certificate programs are offered in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship and others are under development in the Social Sciences & Humanities.

• CAREER-BOOSTING DEGREE PROGRAMS like Child & Youth Studies, Communications & Critical Thinking, Social Work, Teacher Stream, and Business • DEGREE SPECIALIZATIONS in Information Systems and E-Commerce, Marketing • PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship • JOB-READINESS through co-ops, internships, placements, hands-on research and on-campus work opportunities • TOP-NOTCH FACILITIES with a $26 million expansion for residence and academic space on Thornton Road South

Community Connections Through Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning and Career Readiness

Trent University recently undertook new, organizational initiatives to increase experiential learning opportunities for its students. These include the creation of a new administrative unit, “Co-op, Careers, and Experiential Learning”. Trent Durham students will see more opportunities than ever for co-op, internships and placements in the Peterborough and Durham regions and beyond – even on-campus jobs and hands-on research. Through research and innovation, course development, communitybased projects, volunteer activities and events, Trent enables and encourages contributions to a better world.

We are proud to be part of the success of the Region of Durham. #DiscoverTrentUDurham for yourself. BOOK A TOUR TODAY!

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Trent University – Contributing to “the New Durham” Through Innovation and Growth “Always design a thing by considering its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”

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Tech Firms Choose Durham Region’s Brainpower Workforce is what drives this Tech hub


he information and communication technology (ICT) industry continues to grow and develop in Durham Region. It is a key sector within existing Durham Region clusters, and continues to support and encourage growth and development in other up and coming industries within the Region. This sector has experienced significant business growth in the professional, scientific and technical service subsectors, which have emerged

to support other businesses through software, publishing, telecommunications and other information services. The ICT sector currently has the potential for business investment, attraction and expansion within Durham Region. As the economy of Durham Region shifts towards a knowledgebased economy, there is an emphasis on service sectors, such as ICT, to support this growth and transition. Durham Region’s good location, affordable land, proximity to postsecondary institutions and transportation makes the Region a prime location to start a business in the ICT sector. Within the Town of Ajax, the highest rate of

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business growth has been in engineering, web & software and design services; key subsectors of the ICT. The ICT industry continues to attract and develop Durham Region’s creative economy and serves as an opportunity for further expansion.


The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is comprised of technologies such as desktop and laptop computers, software, peripherals, and connections to the Internet that are intended to fulfill information processing and communications functions. This sector also includes industries primarily engaged in producing goods or services, or supplying technologies, used to process, transmit or receive information.

Sample of Local Employers City of Pickering Search Engine People, RBRO Solutions, Durham IT, ESimplified Inc., Murray and Gillespie Computer Solutions Inc., D.A.E Consulting Inc., CSI Power & Environmental Inc., Unisys Canada Inc., TM Online Marketing Town of Ajax A. P. Computers Inc., Simplicity Computer Solutions Inc., CRSC Data Centre Solutions Town of Whitby 360insights, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd., Horn IT Solutions, Kaba Group, Deighton Associates, Geekspeak, ClubIT, City of Oshawa Lakeridge Health, Durham College*, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Minacs Ltd., Cimetrix Solutions Inc., Syncreon, Pival International, Conpute, Three Wise Men, I-Tec Electronics, General Motors Canada, Citrus Strategy Design Consultation, Blanclick, Mojility, Resource Software International, IFTech Municipality of Clarington 368 Durham, Geek Girl Media, SepComp, Aspen PC, Simplistic Technologies Computer Service Township of Scugog Compfitness, Scugog Computers, Allen Computers & Electronics, Major Tech Computers, Network Know-How Township of Brock Your Computer and Sign, TerrTech Computer Solutions, Brock Digital Township of Uxbridge Scarsin I2E, Savy Computer Solutions, Mesh Networks, Alexander Computer Services, Provident PC * Multiple locations in Durham Region

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Globally recognized, innovative technology cluster; supporting competitive, world-class businesses Leaders in transformative technologies; meeting marketplace needs

Skilled Workforce Renowned Post-Secondary and Research Institutions Educated and Growing Workforce

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At TMS, I am known.

When students are genuinely known, their learning can be fully understood and beautifully supported. They can thrive. TMS creates opportunities for children to be inspired by learning through experimentation, exploration and self-discovery. Located in Richmond Hill, the Montessori Lower School is for students 18 months to Grade 6. The Upper School (Grades 7-12) offers the only independent International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme in York Region. But don’t just take our word for it. Finding the right school for your child is too important. You have to visit and see and feel it for yourself. Our Montessori start and IB finish provide a unique framework within which your child can say I Am Known. We are worth the visit. Richmond Hill

Durham Region Globe and Mail 2018  
Durham Region Globe and Mail 2018