Timeline of innovation in Durham (part 5)

By Glenn Hendry

Posted on October 26, 2021 at 9:50 a.m.

Ever since Robert McLaughlin began making horse-drawn carriages in his rural Tyrone home, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business savvy people have pioneered and extended the technological rules of their time to put Durham region on the map.

This report, the latest in a series on the timeline of innovators in Durham’s history, examines some very recent advancements, starting with an electric vehicle strategy adopted by some students at Trent Durham University a few years ago. barely.


Electric vehicle strategy Students at Trent University Durham GTA campus in the Communications and Critical Thinking program are starting to work on an electric vehicle strategy with the Municipality of Clarington. The project examines best practices for the adoption, use and maintenance of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging stations.


Innovation in cancer care in Ontario Lakeridge Health’s RS McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Center wins a 2019 Quality and Innovation Award from the Ontario Cancer Quality Council for its significant contributions to quality and innovation in the delivery of cancer care in Ontario.


The first biogas plant in Canada Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC) partners with ZooShare – an energy cooperative with more than 600 members – and begins building Canada’s first biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo to convert organic waste into renewable energy and fertilizer.


Canadian Technical Center (CTC) McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track Construction begins on GM’s McLaughlin advanced technology track, named in honor of GM Canada’s founder and visionary Colonel Sam McLaughlin. Located on 55 acres, south of GM’s Oshawa operations, the track will be used to support testing of advanced software and technology for GM vehicles that will enable an autonomous, fully electric and highly connected future vision.


1855 Whitby 1855, the Durham Region Innovation Accelerator is founded in downtown Whitby. Started and funded by the City of Whitby and Jason Atkins, President and CEO of 360Insights, the 1855 goal is to accelerate the growth and scale of high potential technology companies. Founding members include MobileXCo, a graduate of Spark Center, a rapidly accelerating marketing technology (MarTech) company.


Pivot during COVID-19 Manufacturers in Durham Region are retooling to join the fight against COVID-19. From face shields produced in collaboration between Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Tech University to local conservatory manufacturer Sun Space creating protective gear for retail, businesses large and small, innovating in solutions. It should be noted that a General Motors production plant in Oshawa is being retooled to manufacture face masks for Health Canada.


Cyber ​​Security Innovation Center Durham College launches its fourth applied research center, the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation, which provides current and future cybersecurity professionals, as well as public and private sector organizations, access to applied research services and cutting-edge cybersecurity training to prepare for the future – changing and complex threat landscape.


Kendal Hills Farm In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local farm Kendal Hills is launching a virtual farmers’ market, working with more than 30 other farms to deliver local produce and produce directly to consumers. Modeled after a typical farmers market, the project collects orders and ships them to homes in the Greater Toronto Area.


Axcessiom Technologies Axcessiom Technologies, founded at Ontario Tech’s Brilliant Incubator, is receiving federal funding to continue to develop its landmark facial recognition technology that makes driving more accessible for those who use adaptive technology.


Smart community The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) names Durham Region as one of the Smart21 Communities of the Year. The ICF rewards communities around the world for successfully developing innovative solutions that create inclusive and thriving communities.

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