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GLOBALLY-RECOGNIZED CLUSTERS IN THE TORONTO REGION: WATER TECHNOLOGIES THE TORONTO REGION IS … • Located on the shores of the Great Lakes – the world’s largest fresh water source • Ranked #1 in Membrane Separation in international patent applications, and is a global leader in water-related patent activity • A dynamic environmental hub with over 300 companies providing wastewater, water treatment and filtration related products and services, including: Altech Technology Systems Inc.; Amidyne Group (Aquametrix); EcoDyne (The Marmon Group); Enpar Technologies inc.; Environmental Biodetection Products Inc. (EBPI); EnviroTower; Filter Innovations inc. (Calco Environmental Group); GE Water & Processes Technologies (Zenon International); Green Turtle Canada (Monteco); Kontek Ecology Systems Inc.; Napier Ried; Nemato Corp.; Petro Sep Membrane Technologies; Siemens Water; UV Pure; Veolia Water • Experiencing a growing demand for improved water technologies from a sophisticated customer base that includes:

Global Ranking: Average Citation per Publication 1

Switzerland

13.00

2

United States

11.84

3

United Kingdom

10.49

4

Germany

10.48

5

Australia

10.43

6

Japan

8.87

7

Canada

8.67

8

Toronto Region

7.78

9

Ontario

7.49

10 New Zealand

7.45

• Suppliers of drinking water and wastewater services to one of the largest population concentrations in North America

11 Israel

5.58

• Major industrial sectors such as agriculture, food processing and advanced manufacturing

12 Singapore

4.79

13 China

4.46

• Government of Ontario recently introduced the Green Energy Act (GEA) which aims to increase investment in renewable energy projects and increase conservation

Source: ISI

• Well-served by an established water infrastructure that is both designed for expansion and representing major opportunities for technological and infrastructure upgrades • Home to 230 university and college programs in agriculture, environmental and physical sciences, engineering and technical programs • Producing an educated and highly-skilled workforce – over 8,200 university graduates (all levels) related to water sciences in 2007

Toronto Region WATER TECHNOLOGIES


ADVANTAGES

• A world-leading economic region: • Ranked #1 for the soundness of its banking system by World Economic Forum (Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009) • Ranked #3 in North America by MasterCard’s Worldwide Centres of Commerce (2008) • Ranked #7 Top City Regions of the Future by Foreign Direct Investment magazine (2009) • Ranked #10 of the World’s Top Global Cities (Global Cities Index (2008) • Ranked #10 most economically powerful city by Forbes.com (July 2008) • Ranked #11 of 62 in the 2009 Global Financial Cities Index • 7.4 million people live in the Toronto Region, making it the 4th largest urban region in North America • Immigration responsive to company needs: • Uncapped number of work permits available to foreign workers • Process for intra-company transfers is fast and straightforward • Special programs allow employers to permanently recruit high-end research staff and other workers within defined occupations • Business-friendly environment: • Canada ranked #1 in number of procedures required to start a business, and #2 in time required to start a business (World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009) • Ranked #4 globally for Ease of Doing Business by MasterCard Worldwide Center of Commerce Index (2008) • Canada’s largest centre for research and education – location for 35% of all R&D conducted in Canada • Highly-skilled workforce of 1.8 million (25-64 years of age) drawn from the most educated population in the G8: 64% hold a post-secondary degree or equivalent • Part of a well-developed transportation infrastructure – air, rail and highway corridors – that easily moves people and goods to cities in the US Midwest and Northeast A Top 10 Global Centre for Water-related Patent Activity Patent Subject

Toronto Region Rank vs International Competitive Regions

Canadian Global Rank

Adsorption

3rd

5th

Dialysis/Osmosis/RO/ Hyperfiltration

4th

6th

Filtration

2nd

4th

Flocculation/Precipitation

2nd

6th

Ion Exchange

4th

4th

Membrane Separation

1st

4th

Sedimentation

6

7th

th

SUPPORTIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS • Companies can access a range of programs for business that include financial assistance and tax incentives, including: • Government of Canada: Sustainable Development Technologies Canada; Scientific Research & Experimental Development Expenditures; NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program; New Environmental Technologies Evaluation; Financial Support – Science & Technology; and Canadian Environmental Technology Information Centre • Government of Ontario: Ontario Research Fund; Innovation demonstration Fund; Investment Accelerator Fund; Business Mentorship and Entrepreneurship Program; Next Generation of Jobs Fund: Strategic Opportunities Program; and Ontario Business Research Institute Tax Credit

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Toronto Region WATER TECHNOLOGIES


WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH AND EDUCATION • Toronto Region universities are a hub of research excellence recognized by major Canadian granting agencies: • Canada Foundation for Innovation awarded $8.2 million in infrastructure grants 1998-2007 • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded $31 million to research projects in the Toronto Region (1998-2008) • 4 NSERC chairs and 3 Canada Research Chairs • A centre of advanced R&D with 19 water-related research institutes, and ranked #8 worldwide in number of citations per publication: • McMaster University: Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research; Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, School of Engineering Practice; Institute of Environment and Health; McMaster Institute for Polymer Production Technology; McMaster Membrane Research Group; and Water Resources Environmental Information Systems Laboratory • University of Guelph: Guelph Institute for the Environment; Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility; ecology@Guelph; and Urban System Environmental Design Centre • University of Toronto: Drinking Water Research Group, Institute for Environmental Studies; Pulp and Paper Centre; and Research facility for the application of ultraviolet light in water disinfection and purification • University of Waterloo: Waterloo Aquatic Toxicology & Ecosystem Remediation Laboratory; Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research; Water Policy & Governance Group; and Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy • Other research centres include: Ontario Centres of Excellence for Earth and Environmental Technologies and Canada Centre for Inland Waters (a part of the National Water Research Institute) Web Links Toronto Region Research Alliance www.trra.ca McMaster University www.mcmaster.ca University of Guelph www.uguelph.ca University of Toronto www.utoronto.ca University of Waterloo www.uwaterloo.ca Canada Centre fro Inland Water www.cciw.ca Canadian Water Network www.cen-rce.ca Centre for Earth and Environmental Technology www.crestech.ca Ontario Water Works Association www.owwa.ca

CONTACT: Sam Lee, Director, Bio Life Sciences Tel: 416 673 6681 Cell: 416 670 2081 slee@trra.ca

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George Hanus, Director, Advanced Manufacturing & ICT Tel: 1 416 673 6677 Cell: 1 416 565 1624 ghanus@trra.ca Toronto Region Research Alliance 101 College Street, Suite HL30 Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1L7 www.trra.ca April, 2009 Toronto Region WATER TECHNOLOGIES

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The Toronto Region is a Growing Hub of Wastewater, Water Treatment and Filtration Activity

Specialized Labour • 4 Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canada Research Chairs • 8,200 university graduates at all levels in water related engineering and science programs

Public Sector R&D • $7.9 million awarded by Canadian Foundation for Innovation, 1998-2008 • $31million in NSERC funding for 180 water related projects, 1998-2008 • 19 water-related research institutes, including: McMaster Membrane Research Group, University of Toronto Pulp & Paper Institute, Waterloo Aquatic Toxicology & Ecosystem Remediation Lab, Guelph Water Management Group

Leading Customers Anchor Companies • GE Water & Processes Technologies (formerly Zenon Inc.) • Siemens Water

• Ontario Ministry of Environment • Ontario Power Generation • Major manufacturers, e.g.: Ford, GM, Chrysler • Forestry, energy and mining companies.

Suppliers and Infrastructure • 300+ companies providing wastewater, water treatment and filtration related products and services • Canada Water Network • Ontario Water Works Association

SPECIFIC REGULATORY AND INCENTIVE SUPPORT • Ontario Clean Water Agency • ecoEnergy for Renewable Heat and ecoEnergy Retrofit (Industry) • Sustainable Development Technology Canada

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