With the doors at Hub350 set to open at the end of the month, support for the ground-breaking project continues to roll in with four new partners signing on in October.
Algonquin College has officially become the fourth academic partner at the centre, joining uOttawa, Carleton University and Queen’s.
The college will support the KNBA’s mission to connect the next generation of talent with companies in the tech park by participating in initiatives such as the Discover Technata career fair and providing co-op opportunities to its students.
“Algonquin College continues to be a community leader in building and fostering partnerships that help our learners grow, prosper and achieve their career dreams and lifelong success,” said Claude Brulé, Algonquin’s president and CEO. “Our partnership with the KNBA at Hub350 is another step forward in helping leverage the College’s broad range of expertise and provide our learners with the real-world experiences and connections they will need to find success.”
Invest Ottawa and Area X.O have also joined Hub350 to provide support to the many Kanata North companies working on cutting edge autonomous vehicle technology. Area X.O’s Public Innovation Facility and Test Track is currently anchored in the heart of the Kanata North tech park, which includes a 9km roadway to safely test 5G technology and connected vehicles. The partnership with Hub350 will further elevate Invest Ottawa’s presence in the community and make it easier for companies to access the tools and support they need.
“This is exciting news for Ottawa. Both the Kanata North Business Association and Invest Ottawa are doing incredible things to attract the top talent and companies, and build local expertise in our city,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Together there is a multiplier effect that will catalyze growth and success.”
To better assist companies in testing their 5G technology and innovations, CENGN – the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, which aims to spur growth in Canada’s telecom industry by providing testbed infrastructure for companies to trial their technology before going to market – has also signed on as an associate partner at Hub350.
And, most recently CMC Microsystems – who works closely with universities, colleges and researchers from across Canada, assisting them in gaining access to the software tools they need to design, develop and manufacture innovations in microelectronics and nanotechnology – announced its partnership with the KNBA and Hub350.
It’s a collaboration CMC president Gord Harling says will not only strengthen the company’s presence in the region, but will support the needs of the growing tech community in Kanata North.
“Kanata has a vibrant community of advanced technology businesses and researchers,” he says. “Through this partnership, we will be able to support more entrepreneurs and researchers to bring their ideas to light, especially in areas poised for explosive growth that thrive in the tech park such as 5G network applications, IoT devices, and Edge computing.”
Hub350 is set to open on Oct. 28, with a grand opening ceremony scheduled to celebrate the unveiling of the project.