The thing that sets Ontario apart is we have these four universities that are very complementary to each other, are very engaged and willing to work with one another to advance automotive technology.

- Justin Gammage, Industry Liaison Manager at UOIT and formerly the Chief Scientist at GM Canada.

This is a quote from an article written by Perry Lefko that recently appeared in the Toronto Star, in reference to the automotive R&D being conducted by the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, the University of Windsor and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa.

Ross McKenzie, the Managing Director of the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WATCAR) described the four universities as "collegial" in their approach, further adding that the University of Waterloo primarily focuses on collaborative research with industry. McKenzie sums it up nicely by stating, "We don't engage in any research that doesn't have an industry partner at the door with a problem they want our assistance to solve." The same philosophy appears to be shared by all four universities.

As automobiles evolve and become more intelligent, so has the approach to design and manufacturing. That is what makes the Ontario innovation ecosystem unique. It's about collaborating to solve specific automotive problems while fostering local talent and offering programs designed to meet these modern challenges. This makes for an ecosystem that is truly sustainable and destined to thrive.

The original article offers a compelling and in-depth look at the types of collaboration taking place, and the multitude of engineering programs offered in Ontario. We recommend you read the article in its entirety.


February 26, 2016

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