Water - Accelerating an innovation ecosystem

Cluster Description

Ontario is home to a globally recognized Water Innovation Ecosystem with a strong record of establishing world-class technologies. Our water technology cluster, fuelled by the work of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and other partners, has generated a highly competitive water industry with solutions that span across the water, wastewater, and stormwater continuum. As a water cluster, we are also able to tie into a global network to collaboratively support a growing market of innovative water solutions.

Why you should attend

This experience will explain how we got here, what we’ve learned, and where we’re headed. Along the way, we will show you some of the sites where Ontario water technologies are addressing challenges in unique ways. Join us to experience how water technology thrives here.


08:45 AM
Gather in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel Toronto

09:00-09:45 AM
Travel to the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant, a 67-acre facility located on Lake Ontario that serves the eastern sections of Mississauga and Brampton, and the community of Bolton, next to the City of Toronto. Along the way, learn about Ontario's water story and how ecosystem partners collaborate, highlighted by notable landmarks such as Toronto Island and the Humber River. 

09:45-10:45 AM
At the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant, you will:

  • Tour the Treatment Plant to see the implementation of water technology and innovation.

  • Gain an understanding of the water treatment partners in the Ontario water ecosystem including the Ontario Clean Water Agency.

  • Learn how the water cluster is an economic development engine for water technology companies in the region.

10:45-11:30 AM
Travel to Enwave’s Deep Lake Cooling Pump Station, part of the world’s largest deep lake cooling pump system. The system uses dense cold water at the bottom of Lake Ontario to cool up to 100 commercial towers in downtown Toronto before the water becomes part of the municipal water supply. Along the way, continue to learn about Ontario's water story, highlighted by Waterfront Toronto’s development. 

11:30-12:15 PM
Outside of the Station, learn about the many green initiatives in the area, including Enwave's water-energy nexus and BLOOM Sustainability’s Water Project with the Ontario Craft Beer industry.

12:15-1:00 PM
Travel to the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre. Along the way, see the commercial buildings that the Station cools, the WaterTAP Ontario office, and learn about the Lost Rivers.

1:00-03:00 PM
At the Ontario Investment & Trade Centre, you will:

  • Eat lunch with your fellow delegates;

  • Participate in a mini-charrette that allows you to share your own region's water story.

03:00-03:10 PM
Travel back to Rotman School of Management or the Chelsea Hotel Toronto via a transportation mode of your choice: walk, TTC (subway/metro), or taxi. 

Dress Code

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella in case it rains. 

Organizations you'll meet

WaterTAP is Ontario's water technology champion. The organization brings private sector experience to the challenge of helping water technology entrepreneurs, utilities, and investors make the connections and find the resources they need to keep our water sector prospering.

As a trusted partner to municipalities, First Nations communities, businesses, governments and institutions across Ontario, the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) provides its clients with total solutions in water and wastewater. They are dedicated to working closely with their clients to help them build healthy sustainable communities and organizations.

The City of Toronto is Canada’s largest city and a world leader in such areas as business, finance, technology, entertainment and culture. Its large population of immigrants from all over the globe has also made Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

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The Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) connects private sector companies and academic researchers to accelerate and commercialize innovative water technologies. They help clients access real-world facilities and have provided more than $10 million to test and evaluate new products and services.

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Enwave Energy Corporation, owned by Brookfield Asset Management and its institutional partners, is a sustainable energy services provider with intelligent systems across North America that generate, store, distribute and share energy in its different forms across each district.  Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC) anchors Enwave’s cooling network in downtown Toronto where 75+ buildings receive reliable, energy-efficient cooling through leveraging the natural geothermal properties of the cold lake water.

Meet your Organizers

  • Lesley Herstein, Manager of Policy, WaterTAP and Director, Change Leaders Lab

  • Josh Chong, Communications Strategist, WaterTAP

  • Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor – The Green Economy, City of Toronto


Image credit: Dimitris66, istockphoto