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Innovation Ecosystem

Whitby partners and collaborates with other support organizations in the innovation and technology field. This Region-wide innovation ecosystem allows entrepreneurs and innovators to have the necessary tools to develop and commercialize their technologies.

Key resources in the innovation ecosystem include:

Spark Centre

Spark Centre is an industry-led, non-profit organization providing technology commercialization services contributing to the growth of both the Durham Region and Northumberland County. The Spark Centre provides innovators, technology based businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers with services and programs to help them innovate and gain a competitive advantage.


OPG X-Lab is an innovation accelerator, with the mandate to create minimum viable products that improve the overall reliability and safety of the OPG nuclear stations. These products improve how OPG performs work duties and helps drive efficiencies to ensure they remain cost competitive for years to come. With the motto of "Innovation Velocity", OPG X-Lab drives a culture of innovation by adopting and nurturing local innovations to support the specific opportunities with the OPG nuclear operations.

Durham College

Durham College's Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) received funding from the Government of Canada to pursue applied research partnerships with local SMEs. The college belongs to the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII), which is a network of 20 colleges dedicated to connecting business to the applied research and commercialization expertise of Ontario's colleges.

Special facilities include:

  • The AI Hub - Artificial Intelligence
  • Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation (CCBI)
  • Additional applied research and testing priorities, which include the fields of alternative and renewable energy, construction, digital media, environmental technology, health and life sciences and manufacturing and materials.

Areas of expertise:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical
  • Craft Brewing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Energy
  • IT/Digital Media
  • Agri-business, Food, Hospitality.

Services offered:

  • Space, equipment and administrative support
  • Help with access to funding
  • Technical expertise and project support
  • A roadmap to information and resources
  • Connections with commercialization resources

Ontario Tech University 

Ontario Tech University (formally UOIT) has been awarded eleven Canada Research Chairs and six Industrial Research Chairs in a diverse range of disciplines including:

  • Aquatic Toxicology
  • Advanced Energy Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Decomposition Chemistry
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Digital Technologies for Collaborative Knowledge Discovery
  • Innovative Design Engineering
  • Nuclear Fuel
  • Health Physics and Environmental Safety.

Canada Research Chairs advance basic research and Industrial Research Chairs undertake major research projects of interest to industry in science and engineering.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization (OTTC) connects innovative research projects conducted at the university with business and industry. The OTTC works with inventors to license and commercialize inventions, and liaises with partners organizations to enable the mobilization of research outcomes in the business community.

OTTC received funding from the Government of Canada to assist UOIT to partner with Durham and Northumberland Regions' small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to solve research-based questions and have an immediate, positive impact on these businesses.