PRESS RELEASE - SOWC Mitacs MOU
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - PRESS RELEASE - SOWC Mitacs MOU
Graduate and Post-Doctoral Student Partnerships Available To Ontario Water CompaniesMarch 12, 2013Waterloo, Ontario – The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) and Mitacs, a nationalnon-profit research organization, have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to openstrategic partnership opportunities between Ontario’s innovative water companies and local,highly-trained university graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.This agreement builds on the programs available through Mitacs, which connect high-calibreresearchers with industry through co-funded internships to foster innovation.SOWC and Mitacs are establishing the world’s first watershed scale platform for the research,development and demonstration of water solutions and technologies in Ontario, Canada.Through the MOU, SOWC will help connect Ontario water and wastewater companies to theMitacs-Accelerate program, giving them access to the latest research expertise from graduateand post-doctoral students. Interns will also benefit from exposure to practical industryexperience. Over 5 years, this MOU is anticipated to support projects worth over $1 million.Mitacs has a strong track record of connecting companies with the high-quality researchexpertise within Ontario universities. Graduate student and post-doctoral fellows, under thesupervision of a faculty supervisor; undertake a research project with a partner company.Ontario water and wastewater companies that may be interested in accessing a Mitacs-Accelerate co-funded research project in one of SOWC’s core areas of focus (Drinking Water,Wastewater, Ecotoxicology, Sensors, Analytical Techniques, Smart Watershed Management)are encouraged to contact SOWC directly.Background:About Mitacs (mitacs.ca): Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs is developingthe next generation of innovators with vital scientific and business skills. In partnership withcompanies, government and academia, Mitacs is supporting a new economy using Canada’smost valuable resource – its people. Visit www.mitacs.ca for more information.
About SOWC (sowc.ca): The SOWC is a platform for turning water ideas into water innovationsthrough research, development and demonstration of solutions to water problems faced inOntario and around the world. The SOWC is supported by the Government of Canada as wellas the Government of Ontario. The Government of Ontario is providing support through theMinistry of Research & Innovations Ontario Research Fund. The Federal EconomicDevelopment Agency for Southern Ontario is providing support for a Technology DevelopmentProject that has served as a catalyst for SOWC partnerships, such as the one the Consortium isannouncing today. Partners include eight universities, municipalities, not-for-profits, and privatesector supporters, including IBM as primary corporate supporter -30-Contact: Grahame Rivers – 647 299 9910 – firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: Megan Airton-Cindric – 604 822 3982 – email@example.com