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Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a region that has been shaped by three key things: innovative minds, a commitment to sustainability and our connection to water with the Trent-Severn Waterway winding its way through our landscapes.

It is not just the rich natural resources but the business and innovation ecosystem, well-equipped labs and homegrown talent from local educational institutions and major municipal investments into development opportunities, that shapes the success of cleantech businesses that call this region “home”.

Cleantech Commons at Trent University

Peterborough & the Kawarthas has designated real estate inventory for Cleantech businesses – where development charges are waived. Cleantech Commons at Trent University is a new 85-acre research and technology park under development adjacent to Trent University. Interested in joining the dynamic Cleantech Commons community of passionate and driven cleantech innovators, entrepreneurs and professionals? View the Tenant Criteria List

This is an ideal place for clean technology companies focused in water technology, wastewater treatment, biomaterials and agri-food can access the highly-specialized talent, facilities and research they need to grow.

Cleantech Commons is Canada’s only Research and Technology Park focused exclusively on clean, green, low-carbon, environmental and climate technology research, innovation, entrepreneurship & commercialization.

Offering a unique and picturesque location adjacent to the main campus of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Cleantech Commons is designed to be a point of convergence for academic and industry partners driving innovation in water technology, contaminant analysis, agro-biotechnology and biomaterials.

Cleantech Commons clients are cleantech startups, scale-ups and growth companies focused on research & development; involved in the advancement and development of new technologies and intellectual property (IP); have an existing, or are committed to creating a future collaborative relationship with Trent University, Fleming College or other local post-secondary education institutions, including leveraging the skills, research, students, facilities or amenities of the institution; and understand the value of being part of a cluster of similar businesses. They are either Canadian ventures that appreciate the value of locating in a cleantech cluster, or international companies seeking to expand into, or establish a presence in, Canada.

Providing incubation and mentorship services to water sector ventures and leveraging the world-class academic, research and mentorship strengths found at the Water Quality Centre and School of the Environment at Trent University to support new company formation and growth in the water sector.

The location of Cleantech Commons adjacent to the Peterborough campus of Trent University, which has unique research and academic strengths and skills in the cleantech and environmental sectors, makes ours a unique location for a Research and Technology Park. Cleantech Commons brings together a truly unique combination of a number of key factors, including: Available land for development, provided by Trent University, together with bulk servicing, provided by the City of Peterborough, in a location that is

  • In the center of an emerging regional cleantech cluster
  • Co-located with world-class expertise, laboratories and facilities at Trent University in these main areas:
    • water technologies,
    • contaminant analysis,
    • environmental modelling,
    • plant productivity,
    • food security,
    • wildlife conservation,
    • biodiversity,
    • impacts on northern & indigenous communities, and
    • environmentally-beneficial and bio materials – and all of this …
  • Within walking distance of Trent’s “School of the Environment”, which brings together all the environmental expertise to be found at the university.
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Cleantech Commons is unique among Canada’s 27 Research Parks in specializing exclusively on the cleantech sector, and offering specific facilities and services to support cleantech sector innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of the output of academic research

$4.8M Federal Investment in new Enterprise Centre at Cleantech Commons

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Sustainable Community

  • Cleantech Commons is being developed in partnership between the City of Peterborough and Trent University. The development will be an industry leading example of Low Impact Development
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a community committed to sustainability and is one of only a few Ontario communities with a Sustainability report card
  • The region is part of the Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton region which has been designated a Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University as endorsed by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). One of 8 RCEs in all of Canada.

Strategic Location

  • Strategically located in central Ontario
  • A living lab located along the Trent-Severn Waterway with over 150+ lakes
  • 2 post secondary institutions in the region with dedicated talent and resources for cleantech companies
  • Peterborough Kawartha Haliburton is designated as a Regional Centre of Expertise for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University as endorsed by UNESCO – 1 of only 8 RCE’s in Canada.

Municipal Water Treatment Plants

The City of Peterborough’s Environmental Protection Division is responsible for:

  • Operation and maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Operation and maintenance of 11 City sewage pumping stations
  • Operation and maintenance of Centennial Fountain (the highest jet fountain in Canada)
  • Operation and maintenance of the Millbrook Wastewater Treatment Plant – operates, monitors, maintains and provides 24 hr emergency response for Millbrook’s Class 3 WWTP and Pumping station in the Township of Cavan Monaghan.
  • Operation and maintenance of the Burnham Meadows sewage pumping station – operates, monitors, maintains and provides 24 hr emergency response for the Burnham Meadows Pumping station in the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan which feeds into the City’s system for treatment.
  • Maintenance of the City’s wastewater collections system, storm and sewer
  • Environmental monitoring and enforcement the City’s Sewer By-Law
  • Environment Protection Laboratory

The Peterborough Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is a Class 4 Conventional Treatment Plant rated for 68,800 m3/day serving the City of Peterborough. The plant includes a fully accredited Lab including drinking water testing.

The WWTP has recently completed an expansion that included improved screening and grit removal, Inflow and Infiltration tanks and Maintenance building. In recent years two primary digesters, sludge collection equipment for four primaries and all final tanks and large amounts of concrete have been replaced. They are currently working with Gardner Denver to optimize oxygen delivery to the aeration basins for improved energy efficiencies. and are also working with a consultant to install new IFAS in Aeration basins.

The City of Peterborough has provided both resources and lab testing for many companies including the Aclarus Ozone Solutions and post-secondary institutions such as the University of Toronto and Guelph Ontario based MANTECH Inc.

staff person taking sample at water treatment facility

MANTECH, UofT Test New Tool to Measure Oxygen Demand in Drinking Water

“They have one of the most sophisticated pilot plants in North America in terms of online analytical capabilities” – Professor Robert Andrews – University of Toronto

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Incubation Services

The Innovation Cluster in Peterborough & the Kawarthas supports innovative entrepreneurs in the formation and growth of their technology-driven companies. Focusing on four key sectors, including cleantech, the Innovation Cluster’s dynamic programming ensures that startups throughout Peterborough & the Kawarthas find their best path to market. The Innovation Cluster operated The Cube, Peterborough’s two full service business incubators at Trent University and in Downtown Peterborough.

Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas

  • The Innovation Cluster recently launched the cleantech Trent Makerspace located at Trent University, a world-class lab facility for cleantech companies to produce, test and commercialize IP based biotechnology products. The Innovation Cluster’s downtown incubator also has a newly launched cleantech lab space called the H2O Makerspace with over $50,000 of bench top watertech equipment available for innovators to use including water bacteria test equipment, Hach portable spectrophotometer, sample bottles/beakers, buffer agents for all water tests and a Hach HQD11, portable pH meter.

Engaged Educational Institutions

Bright minds in Peterborough & the Kawarthas are learning, analyzing, and finding solutions to some of the world’s most complex environmental problems. The region’s academic institutions boast world-class research facilities, and are actively partnering with local cleantech startups.

Trent University

  • Trent University has one of the largest Environmental & Life Sciences graduate programs in Canada with over 175 students graduating per year with their undergraduate degree in Environmental Science/Studies at Trent University – a huge source of market-ready graduates for full-time work or students looking for co-op programs and undergraduate student internships.
  • NEWS: Trent’s Dr. Andrew Vreugdenhill leads research transforming carbon waste into contaminant cleanser
  • The Water Quality Centre at Trent University is the most comprehensive mass spectrometry facility in Canada, specializing in method development and the application of new and innovative techniques for measuring isotopes and trace amounts of organic and inorganic contaminants in water and other environmental compartments. Analytical services and mass spectrometer training courses are available to researchers, government agencies and private companies.

Fleming College

Ontario Tech University

  • Located just a short drive away from Peterborough & the Kawarthas in Oshawa is the Ontario Tech University (formerly the University of Ontario Institute of Technology), which is home to a Clean Energy Research Lab (CERL) The CERL is a world-class facility where researchers are working on the world’s first lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production.
Scenic shot of Peterborough

Peterborough was ranked the #2 City in Canada for a water-tech startup by Water Canada

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In Good Company with Global Leaders

SGS Canada

  • Across Canada SGS Minerals’ integrated approach delivers testing and expertise through out the entire mining life cycle leading clients to project success. Their technical expertise for processing remains unmatched around the world. Their fit-for-purpose solutions encompass the skills of qualified geologists, geostaticians, analytical chemists, mineralogists, metallurgists, process engineers and mining engineers, all brought together to provide accurate and timely mineral and process evaluation services across the entire mining life cycle.
  • With a wide range of service offerings across the mining sector, SGS serves a broad Canadian and international client base. Clients include private investors, private companies, exploration companies, mid-tier and major mining companies, trading groups, engineering companies, financial institutions and government institutions.
  • Minimizing the impact of mining operations on local water resources has become a top priority of the mining industry. SGS has provided practical water treatment solutions, including the recycling or discharging of treated process water, for example neutralizing the acid rock drainage (ARD) character, removal of heavy metal contamination or the recovery of contained metal value, to our clients in the mining industry for over two decades. During this time, they have developed a globally recognized reputation as an organization with an exceptional understanding of water treatment, that provides innovative, sustainable and practical treatment solutions to the mineral processing industry.
  • SGS focuses on developing truly sustainable water management plans in collaboration with clients. They have the technical expertise to provide effective mitigating strategies and innovative, practical solutions that reduce the environmental impact of your operations by looking at water related issues from the early stage of metallurgical process development. Their water treatment experts conduct the following procedures to ensure your water treatment project is completed efficiently and affordably
    • Water quality monitoring started at metallurgical testing and pilot plant study stages
    • Plant or site audit and recommendations
    • Laboratory testing
    • Pilot-scale testing when necessary
    • Basic engineering design and cost estimate for water treatment plans
    • Valuable material recovery and cost saving options, where possible. Their team has decades of experience in effectively managing contaminated effluents for the mining industry including ARD, heavy metals contamination, and acid and cyanide leach effluents.

Siemens Milltronics Process Instruments, a division of Siemens Canada Ltd

Siemens Canada’s Process Instrumentation factory, based in Peterborough, Ontario, designs and manufactures sophisticated measurement instruments and automated equipment for the process industries

  • Siemens equipment is used in a wide variety of applications in industries such as Water/Waste Water, Oil and Gas, Environmental, Chemical, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Mining, Aggregate and Cement. We are recognized as world-leading in the Environmental market for our measuring technology. They serve municipalities, engineering procurement companies and consultants
  • Siemens supports its customers throughout the whole lifecycle of their operations, with a focus on digitalization. The Peterborough location is the global centre of competence for level instrumentation. As the centre of competence, they focus on developing signal processing algorithms and methods, high-frequency radar systems design, and ultrasonic level measurement. They use simulation methods, agile development, and digitalization for speed and optimization of design cycles. They continue to launch new products into the market on a regular basis and bring field experience into the development of new products. As a local manufacturer, Siemens effectively supports customers with customization and configuration for their process instruments needs.
  • Siemens has a complete portfolio of equipment for the water industry, from motors and drives to automation and connectivity equipment through to process instruments, along with the design and optimization tools throughout the entire facility lifecycle. The Peterborough location supplies the process instruments to these facilities. Their products have proven to be reliable in the most difficult environments in the water/waste water industry
    • for example, level and level control for transfer stations, measuring flow in either open channels or in closed pipes, as well as pressure for operational confirmation and efficiency monitoring.
    • Siemens instrumentation products provide simulation and diagnostic tools and value add functions, for example, our level controllers can be programmed to avoid pumping during peak power times to save thousands of plant operating costs annually.
    • Siemens has been instrumental in developing the workforce of the future, through partnerships with Canadian colleges, including Peterborough’s Fleming College and other colleges and universities. The Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy (SCETA) is a unique initiative designed to equip engineering and engineering technology students in Canada with the educational and professional foundation required for successful careers.

Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Canada

Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

Emerging Cleantech Company Successes

Aclarus Ozone Water Systems

  • Aclarus Ozone Canadian built systems are NSF-61 Certified and provide practical and effective solutions for even the worst water issues. Disinfection, oxidation, aesthetic and even ECC removal in one system. Automated, chemical free treatment with low operating costs backed with over 800 systems across Canada, the US and elsewhere. Industrial, small municipal WTP, municipal WWTP, First Nation WTP, homes, condo groundwater/rainwater reuse, agriculture, bottled water, industrial process, CIP, remote camps and more.
  • Aclarus provides sustainable, practical solutions for water and waste water treatments of all types. They pride themselves on solutions to problem water that benefits the environment and the business. They improve product quality and safety (all natural disinfection, food cleaning, surface cleaning), agricultural production (dairy, crops, medical marijuana), water reuse and safer discharge, chemical free solutions, complete treatment in an easy system. They have drinking water systems in place for several First Nation communities, public and private parks, municipal water/waste water, remote camps, industrial waste water treatment/reuse, rainwater systems to reuse water in multiple buildings in the GTA. Aclarus Ozone also enhances other treatment process when required. All runs without chemicals
  • Ozone has a long history of use, mainly in Europe. Aclarus designs are advanced and practical for ozone, eclipsing old ozone designs. Aclarus systems have proven multiple new markets for ozone with energy efficient, fully automated designs that run for significantly less than traditional systems. Ozone is all natural, made on site and easily retrofitted without large infrastructure changes and it treats everything from bacteria to metals and ECC’s (contaminants of concern e.g. pesticides, drugs)
  • Aclarus provides solutions to water and wastewater by offering multiple solutions in one system that is automated and self-run with various options available for monitoring and control, on-demand in an affordable way. For example:
    • For homeowners they offer a system to treat water to make it safe and bottled quality from lakes and wells;
    • building development companies for reuse systems on rainwater to save costs and improve the environment;
    • food production and safety by offering a treatment system as well as product washing that is classified organic to improve shelf life and remove dangerous bacteria;
    • First Nation and remote communities require a self-run system that does not need constant work or consumables, but handle varying water quality. Treating waste or recycle water can help prevent issues with effluent;
    • Medical marijuana and greenhouse users can have one system to treat the water with oxygen to improve growth as well as include a safe cleaning option for equipment, plants and even to reuse water.
    • The City of Peterborough’s municipal waste treatment plant is saving over 5000kg of chemicals from entering Lake Ontario and is now providing oxygenated water with chemicals, drugs and many other contaminants now safely remove.
    • As a start-up company in 2012 in the region, Aclarus was allowed access to top notch facilities such as Fleming College’s Centre for Advancement of Water & Wastewater Treatment Technologies as well asl Trent University for high end research and collaboration opportunities.

Rainmaker Worldwide

  • Rainmaker’s purpose is to produce safe drinking water for communities in need so they can thrive and never go thirsty. They offer a suite of Air-to-Water and Water-to-Water technologies. These products deliver a better, more economical way to provide safe drinking water.

Air-to-Water technology includes governments and communities, NGOs, military, and commercial or industrial companies. The leading applications for their Air-to-Water technologies are locations that do not have access to any sources of water. They include:

  • Humanitarian applications in traditional areas of water scarcity
    Island and rural communities with limited fresh water supplies
  • Temporary humanitarian applications in disaster or war zones
    Growing industrial and commercial applications
  • Corporate CSR programs, commercial and industrial

Air-to-Water harvests fresh water from humidity in the atmosphere. Rainmaker Air-to-Water features summary:

  • Produce drinking water from air – no other water source required
  • Up to 5,000, 10,000 or 20,000 liters of drinking water per day per machine. Multiple units can be combined for larger projects. Small footprint for flexible location options – create water where it’s needed
  • Choice of power sources: wind, solar, grid, generator or hybrid combinations.
  • Deployment as fast as 90 days after purchase order
  • Minimum air temperature: >15°C / 59°FFor wind-powered, wind speed of 3 – 18 meters per second (6.7 – 40 miles per hour)
  • Using innovation in heating and cooling, our Air-to-Water unit produces clean water from the air. This product can be driven efficiently by wind, solar, grid, generator, or combinations. Water is produced at the point of use eliminating transportation and distribution cost.

The Water-to-Water unit uses renewable energy to produce clean water from seawater, brackish water, or contaminated water sources.er Water-to-Water features summary:

  • Produce drinking water from seawater, brackish or contaminated water sources
  • Up to 37,500, 75,000 or 150,000 liters of drinking water per day per machine. Multiple units can be combined for larger projects
  • Choice of power sources: wind, solar, grid, generator or hybrid combinations
  • For wind-powered, wind speed of 3 – 18 meters per second (6.7 – 40 miles per hour)
  • Small footprint for flexible location options close to source water – create water where it’s needed. Deployment as fast as 90 days after purchase order
  • while Water-to-Water transforms non-potable (waste, salty, polluted, grey, or brackish) water into safe drinking water. All solutions can be wind or solar powered, so they leave no carbon traces. There are also options for grid and generator-powered models at the lowest cost per liter of fresh drinking water on the market.

Phase Materials

Phase Materials Inc. was formed as a commercialization vehicle for the research conducted within the Trent Centre for Biomaterials Research (TCBR) which is related to Phase Change Materials and their applications. The company is owned by Trent University Researchers, including graduate students, technical staff and Professors, and Trent Alumni investors. The company utilizes Intellectual Property created at and owned by Trent University.

The TCBR is focused on remaking the world’s materials sustainably. Unique in North America, the TCBR is at the cutting edge of research and technology development that will transform our world. Working to create a more sustainable future is at the heart of the work being conducted by the TCBR. Our focus on development, agricultural utilization and geographical, environmental and commercial impacts, sets Trent University’s biomaterials approach apart. This is a research program where science meets social science and humanities, and where the creation and use of biomaterials is being examined within an ethical framework. One of only a handful of programs of its kind in the world, the TCBR is a leader in this life-changing realm of research.

Noblegen Inc.

Noblegen is an advanced ingredients company that produces unique proteins, oils and flours. Using our proprietary approach, we grow high-quality ingredients from an ancient, natural superfood. With a purpose to positively impact people and the planet, Noblegen is redefining the future of nutrition.

When it comes to food, Noblehen believes in simplicity and transparency.; that less really is more and that ingredients are only as clean and nutritious as their source. They believe that when food products are carefully crafted using ingredients from their natural, sustainable source, they redefine transparency in nutrition.

Their portfolio of ingredients offers nutraceutical, food and beverage, and ingredient companies the opportunity to prepare delicious products using ingredients from a clean, non-GMO source.

Cambium Consulting & Engineering

  • Cambium is a consulting and engineering company that offers environmental, geotechnical, and materials testing. The company’s Water and Wastewater Team has extensive expertise in hydrogeology, water supply, drinking water system compliance programs, onsite wastewater treatment, and water treatment programs. Its projects focus on investigating, assessing, and obtaining agency approvals for residential, industrial, and commercial applications. These include small and large wastewater facilities for subsurface disposal, and providing compliance for small drinking water treatment systems.


Parks Canada’s Trent-Severn Waterway

  • The Trent-Severn Waterway is an interconnected series of lakes, improved river channels and artificial canal cuts stretching for 386 km through the heart of Ontario. The water in the system comes from two major watersheds: Trent and Severn. The Trent River is the largest river in Southern Ontario while Lake Simcoe in the Severn watershed is the largest lake. The Waterway, including its tributary lakes and rivers, is an important economic, environmental and recreational resource used by thousands of boaters, shoreline residents, businesses and vacationers every year. It also provides water for power generation, municipal water supplies, and agriculture and supports a tremendous variety of fish and wildlife. The Trent-Severn Waterway is Headquartered in Peterborough. Parks Canada’s water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, and weather forecasts across the Trent-Severn Waterway. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis for the waterway.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

  • Specific to cleantech, they lead the management of Ontario’s Crown lands resources including water/wastewater for all Ontario Parks

The Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association (OOWA)

  • OOWA is a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting the value of onsite and decentralized wastewater management through education, improved standards of practice, and advocacy for sound policies. It is the fastest-growing network of onsite wastewater professionals in the province.

Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations

  • Represents lake associations, waterfront property owners and waterfront communities through education, communication and government advocacy. Voice of Ontario’s 250,000+ waterfront property owners and an advocate for healthy lakes and rivers

Otonabee Conservation

  • Otonabee Conservation is a local, community-based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources within the Otonabee Region watershed. Otonabee Conservation works with its eight member municipalities to create a healthy, environmentally diverse watershed that improves the quality of life for residents, makes the area more appealing to visitors and new business, and helps to ensure a more vibrant regional economy.