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Durham Region’s Innovation Community Energized Conversation and Drove Connection at Collision Conference

Invest Durham, in collaboration with partners, returned to one of the largest and fastest growing technology conferences in North America—Collision Conference—from June 26 to 29. Project Arrow, the first all-Canadian, zero emission connected vehicle was a centrepiece of Durham’s pavilion.

The activation was produced in partnership with Durham Region’s eight area municipalities, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Trent University Durham GTA, Spark Centre, 1855 Technology Accelerator, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association’s (APMA) Project Arrow.

Invest Durham is grateful to our amazing group of partners who came together to tell Durham’s story to a global tech audience.

With our collaborative team, we:

  • Gathered hundreds of investment leads, opportunities, and potential partnerships;
  • Worked with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade to host an international delegation investor tour of Durham facilities and assets;
  • Had amazing engagement and interest in Project Arrow, including live news coverage;
  • Shared the news about OPG's Headquarters coming to Durham Region in 2024;
  • Showed how mixed reality innovations are happening at Durham College;
  • Handed out dozens of fresh Algoma Orchards apples;
  • Collaborated with Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) to amplify the opportunities in Ontario’s innovation ecosystem; and,
  • Hosted elected officials, industry leaders, tech innovators, and start up founders from Durham Region and across the world in our booth, and much more.

Durham at Collision partners gather near Project Arrow with Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne.

Collision Announcement Highlights

Access IO partners representing Access IO, Angel Investors Ontario, Municipality of Clarington, Ontario Power Generation, Invest Durham.

The next Access IO event was announced—The Future of Energy—and will take place at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Complex. This high-energy innovation event is seeking founders and startups interested in pitching their technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Solutions, NextGen Automation, Immersive Tech (AR/VR), and Cybersecurity.

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Durham Regional Technology Development Site (Durham RTDS) partners representing Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network, Spark Centre, Invest Durham.

Durham RTDS, the Region of Durham, and the Region of Durham Paramedic Services (RDPS) announced the launch of the “Mobile Air Quality Monitoring for Emergency Vehicles” Challenge.

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Ontario Tech University's Brilliant Catalyst Team celebrating the announcement with Simon Gill, Invest Durham.

In the fall of 2023, external startup companies will have access to even more support from Ontario Tech University’s Brilliant Catalyst through the Brilliant Ventures Fund, an exciting new university-operated fund for startups.

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Events and Partnerships

Boost your EV IQ on August 17

Discover Electric Vehicle Value Chain, Funding Opportunities, and Industry Supports in Durham Region

With the recent major investment and funding announcements into Ontario’s electric vehicle (EV) supply chain, there are exciting and immediate opportunities for business growth, innovation and collaboration in Durham Region, Ontario, Canada.


Durham Region, located on the east side of the Greater Toronto Area, offers a competitive business environment which sits at the nexus of future energy and advanced automotive. This event will be held, and streamed nationally, from Durham College’s Corporate Training Immersive Hub.


At this webinar you will learn about:

  • NGen’s Federal Funding stream, the EV Manufacturing Value Chain Program (EVMP)
  • OVIN’s Provincial Funding stream, the Research and Development Partnership Fund for EV
  • Durham Region’s collaborative business ecosystem including the Durham Regional Technology Development Site (Durham RTDS)
  • Durham’s nearly 200 years of automotive engineering and innovation combined with its role as the Clean Energy Capital of Canada
  • Durham College’s Corporate Training Services (CTS) division and how they are supporting the advancement of EV technology and training as well as their Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) who are providing EV technology development with Simulation, Smart (AI) & Secure (cybersecurity) technical services
  • Ontario Tech University’s specialization in commercial scale energy and automotive research and development services at core research facilities like the Clean Energy Research Lab (CERL) that is inventing innovative hydrogen technology and ACE Climatic Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel where Project Arrow, the First All-Canadian EV concept car was built

This event is presented in partnership by: Invest Durham, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, Durham RTDS, NGen, and OVIN.

Register now

1855 Technology Accelerator and 360Insights Summer Open House

Explore the 1855 Technology Accelerator and 360Insights in Downtown Whitby on July 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. These two vibrant spaces are where innovation and collaboration thrive. Meet the passionate teams behind 1855 and 360Insights, and learn about their cutting-edge technologies!

Whether you're a tech enthusiast, a curious mind, or simply want to connect with individuals in our community, this is event allows us to bring family, friends, and neighbours together to experience the energy and inspiration.

Learn more and register
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Recent Business News

Ontario Building More Small Modular Reactors to Power Province’s Growth

The Ontario government is working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to commence planning and licensing for three additional small modular reactors (SMRs), for a total of four SMRs at the Darlington nuclear site. Subject to Ontario Government and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulatory approvals on construction, the additional SMRs could come online between 2034 and 2036. 

Read more about these additional SMRs that could come online between 2034 and 2036.

Getting Crafty and Creative as Entrepreneurs in the Downtowns of Durham

Leveraging new opportunities—especially for businesses in the hospitality space—required a spirited approach to entrepreneurship. In this story, we met and chatted with Chris Aucoin, owner of the Brewers Pantry in downtown Bowmanville, and Steve Lovisa, owner of Foundry Kitchen & Bar in downtown Port Perry.

Read more at the Downtowns of Durham blog.

Summer road trips just outside Toronto in Durham Region

It’s summertime, and the living is easy—or it will be with this handy list of summer road trips in Durham Region! From family fun adventures to exploring local farmers’ markets, to rainy day activities or exploring the back roads, there are many things to see and do in Durham Region this summer.

Learn more about Durham Tourism and check out their events calendar.

New express entry immigration streams for STEM talent to meet growing demand

Recognizing the immense value and transformative potential that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals bring to the country, Canada's Express Entry system is now tailored to provide a streamlined and efficient pathway for individuals with expertise in these critical fields. By prioritizing the invitation of skilled newcomers with STEM experience, Canada aims to meet the growing demand for talent, and fill key positions that contribute to the nation's economic growth and technological advancement.

Read how key sectors across Canada are experiencing worker shortages, and immigration is helping to fill these labour gaps.

Durham College partners with Johnson Controls to support next generation of skilled technology workers

Local Johnson Controls employees—many of whom are graduates from Durham College’s Electromechanical Engineering Technology program—will work with the college to mentor students in this automation program. Through relationship building with industry professionals, students will gain insight into their future career paths.

Learn more about financial support and mentorship opportunities

Ontario Tech plays a key role in Ontario’s vehicle network’s regional future workforce program

Ontario Tech is supporting Ontario’s innovative electric vehicle and mobility sector, and developing the next generation of talent. Recognizing the need for greater diversity within the sector, OVIN’s Regional Future Workforce Program builds new bridges between industry and academia, to equip the next generation of talent with the knowledge and skills required to support the evolution of the mobility and transportation sector.

Learn how Ontario Tech University is a major part of the workforce equation.

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