Making connections to drive innovation
June 3, 2021
As a university with extensive research impact, Queen’s helps drive innovation and collaboration in eastern Ontario and beyond. Now, Queen’s will be increasing its commitment to innovative partnerships as a founding academic partner and shared anchor in Hub350, a state-of-the-art global technology centre in Kanata.
Set to open this summer, Hub350 will be powered by the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA). Home to Canada’s largest technology park, Kanata North is renowned as a vibrant region for technology and innovation. The Kanata North Technology Park hosts more than 540 Canadian and international high-tech businesses that have created more than 33,000 knowledge-based jobs and are contributing over $13 billion annually to Canada’s GDP.
“Queen’s is enthusiastic about enhancing our partnership with the Kanata North Business Association through the Hub350 collaboration, which will contribute to a larger strategy for boosting Queen’s local, national, and global impact,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Kimberly Woodhouse.
The collaboration builds on Queen’s existing partnerships with L-SPARK, Invest Ottawa, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and others.
Hub350 will promote growth on a global scale by bringing together industry, academic, and finance partners to support its member companies. Queen’s and the centre’s other academic anchors will help by building productive and collaborative research relationships between industry and academia, and connecting technology companies to the talent they need to grow.
Through Hub350, Queen’s faculty, students, and staff will have opportunities to connect with companies and other post-secondary institutions in the region to advance research, innovation, and commercialization. Queen’s and Kingston-based innovators will also have access to a growing technology community serving a breadth of subsectors such as: telecommunications (wireless and photonic); software, data, and cloud service; life-science industries; defense, security, and aerospace; and clean technology.
“Kanata North Business Association shares Queen’s belief in the power of partnerships to accelerate sustainable growth” says Jamie Petten, President of KNBA. “Welcoming Queen’s to the academic pillar at Hub350 will allow them to join forces with our other partners and sponsors in this unique ecosystem, generating positive impact and growth for Eastern Ontario’s technology ecosystem.”
The university’s involvement in Hub350 is being facilitated by Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI). QPI develops and facilitates partnerships both nationally and internationally to advance the institution’s research enterprise, promote the commercialization and protection of inventions, enhance social impact, and strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem.