The University of Waterloo is committed to creating a unique community-based research park, whose mandate is to foster radical innovation. The high ambition of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park is supported by a comprehensive partnership among the university, the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, the Region of Waterloo, the City of Waterloo, Communitech, and Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation.
The David Johnston Research + Technology Park provides a powerfully supportive base for radical, high impact research. Join those who seek commanding commercial advantage through technological leadership — organizations with the vision and drive to shift the ground under their competitors. The talent of the university community is ready and willing!
Leaders in innovation
The University of Waterloo is recognized as one of the most innovative universities in North America. And we’ve earned that reputation by aggressively supporting research and innovation in all its forms. In fact, more Canadian high-tech and knowledge-based spin-off companies can trace their roots to the University of Waterloo than to any other school. Over 250 spin-off companies have been forged in the assertive culture of the University of Waterloo — companies like BlackBerry, OpenText, Sirific Wireless, Dalsa, and Certicom.
Tap into the talent and energy we’ve captured here. Join high-tech organizations like yours, as we work together to develop state-of-the-art products and services.
Strong foundations for success
Over 450 technology companies already call the Region of Waterloo home. Made up of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge, the area is seen as a Canadian centre of research and technology. Companies such as ATS (Automation Tooling Systems Inc.), COM DEV International, NCR, Mitra/Agfa, Raytheon, and SAP are firmly entrenched in this community of technology leaders.
Along with the top-ranking University of Waterloo, the area is also home to Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Bringing together a talented technology workforce, close proximity to major markets, affordable business costs, and a high quality of life, the Waterloo area was recognized by the 2002 KPMG Competitive Alternatives Report as one of the most cost-competitive places in North America to do business.
A Smart investment in the future
The University of Waterloo's David Johnston Research + Technology Park is a $214-million project that brings together the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the Region of Waterloo, the City of Waterloo, Communitech, and the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation in a unique team.
Designed as a 1.2 million square foot centre for Canada’s top technology talent, the R+T Park can accommodate your organization — no matter how far or how fast you grow. Located on-campus, your team is never more than a ten minute walk from tapping into Canada’s top university minds.
Adjacent to the R+T Park is the university’s 270-acre environmental reserve — giving your people space to clear their minds and find the new perspectives that drive fresh thinking. Another key park feature is the Accelerator centre. Technology start-ups are a rich source of innovation — this dynamic space will act as a catalyst for these organizations to disrupt the marketplace.