Fleming College and nine Ontario universities make up the academic partners of the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC). Since 2016, with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the SOWC’s Advancing Water Technologies program has funded 13 college-industry water technology development projects at Fleming College, valued at $2M.
“The collaborative research we’ve done in the program has meant successes for our industry partners and for us” said Dr. Barbara Siembida-Losch, the Manager and Senior Scientist for the college’s Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) “Some of the technologies are quite innovative, so we’ve all learned a lot. We are excited to see our partners achieving their goals.”
The goal of several of the CAWT’s industry partners, such as UV Pure, was to take their nearly commercial-ready technology to the validation stage. “The focused product development and validation program that we have implemented with support from CAWT and SOWC are enabling us to meet our business and sales goals,” said Kevin Loiselle, Chairman of UV Pure’s Board of Directors. “For an Ontario water technology company to achieve this level of globally-recognized performance validation at home is hugely valuable.”
Founded in 2002, Fleming College’s CAWT is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited and provides the water sector with applied research services that include technology development, piloting and demonstration, laboratory analysis, validation, verification, and certification. Thanks to funding from NSERC, the CAWT is also a designated Technology Access Centre.