General Motors Canada is partnering with Communitech to set up an “innovation research zone” in Waterloo Region, where the automaker will initially focus on urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app innovation.
Stephen Carlisle, GM Canada President and Managing Director, made the announcement today in Toronto, during an address to the Canadian Club.
The new innovation space, to be housed at the Communitech Hub in the former Lang Tannery in downtown Kitchener, will add GM Canada’s name to a growing list of large corporations eager to tap into Waterloo Region’s startup ecosystem and deep technical talent pool.
“Communitech has developed a unique innovation ecosystem that allows enterprise companies and startups to collaborate and innovate together,” Communitech CEO Iain Klugman said.
“General Motors Canada is a great addition to this ecosystem, as our startup and mid-sized companies will benefit from having access to a world class automotive company, while GM Canada will be exposed to new concepts, technologies and ways of thinking about opportunities in the automotive sector.”
Carlisle also announced that GM Canada will allocate $1 million to a research chair in advanced materials at the University of Waterloo, and sponsor capstone projects for engineering students who are developing software – a foundational skill for GM Canada’s work on “connected car” technology.
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