Organization: Univ of Waterloo

Univ of Waterloo wraps fundraising campaign

The Univ of Waterloo has wrapped a fundraising campaign that raised $613.2 million — more than twice its original target — allowing the university to add 2.5 million square feet in new facilities including 14 new buildings. Launched in 2004, Campaign Waterloo: Building a Talent Trust, was supported by 60,000 donors, 66 of whom donated…

Automotive partnership fund makes four awards

The Automotive Partnership Fund (APF) has invested $14.9 million in four university-based projects worth a total of $28.7 million. The largest award ($10.6 million) goes to a $16-million R&D project at McMaster Univ for a project entitled Network for the Engineering of Complex Software Intensive Systems for Automotive Systems in collaboration with General Motors Canada,…

QS ranking includes 10 Canadian universities

McGill Univ is the top ranked of 10 Canadian university that were placed in the latest world university ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based student services firm. McGill ranked 19th in the 2010 ranking of 400 institutions and was one of four that placed in the top 100 ahead of the Univ of Toronto…

Hydro One contributes $2.5 million to Univ of Waterloo

Hydro One is contributing $2.5 million to the Univ of Waterloo to pursue research projects into clean energy technologies, train graduate students and the planning of transmission projects. The funding will be managed by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) and has three components: a Hydro One Chair in Power Engineering ($1.5 million), endowment…

IBM and OCE launch cloud computing pilot

IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and several Ontario-based universities and health institutes are participating in a pilot project to deliver anywhere, anytime access to IBM’s proprietary business software via cloud computing – an emerging compute model for delivering and consuming information technology capabilities as a service. The software — IBM’s WebSphere Integration Developer…

Ontario invests $7.5 million in biofuels research

The Government of Ontario is providing $7.5 million to two biofuels projects to support the new Bioproducts Initiative at the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO). UWO’s new Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources will receive $5 million to turn agricultural byproducts into fuel and chemicals such as organic insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers. The…

SSHRC invests $22 million in 11 knowledge clusters

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded $22 million over seven years in 11 knowledge networks. The networks span the range of SSHRC disciplines and include the Research Network for Business Sustainability at the Univ of Western Ontario, an international entrepreneurship strategic knowledge cluster at the Univ of Waterloo, a sustainable prosperity…

Precan-auto parts program makes first project awards

A new collaborative fund from Precarn Inc and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) has resulted in the first three awards for R&D projects designed to generate prototype development for the auto parts industry. Precarn is contributing $1.5 million through the Collaborative Auto R&D Program for projects worth $3.5 million. Matching funds are provided by…

Ontario universities sign India agreements

Ontario universities and businesses signed a flurry of deals and MOUs with Indian counterparts as part of an official Ontario mission to India and Pakistan. MOUs for student and faculty exchanges and R&D initiatives were signed by McMaster Univ, York Univ, Univ of Waterloo, Ryerson Univ and Univ of Windsor. PCI Geomatics signed an MOU…

NSERC funds quantum research network

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has funded a new national network based at the Univ of Waterloo‘s Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC). QuantumWorks is one of several innovation platforms funded by NSERC and had its official unveiling last week. Heading QuantumWorks is Dr Raymond Laflamme, IQC’s director and Canada Research Chair holder…