View over the water looking at the Silver Bean Cafe in Downtown Peterborough, Ontario
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is ideal for cleantech and innovation-based businesses. The region has an abundance of rich resources available, including 151 lakes, countless rivers. But it is not just geography that drives Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ emerging cleantech sector. It’s about innovations in technology, such as the Water Quality Centre at Trent University, the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment, the Trent Research and Innovation Park, and the emergence of an entrepreneurial culture of innovation within the small business sector.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas has been successful in attracting global research initiatives focused on research and innovation in wastewater treatment. Peterborough is also home to industry leaders, such as Siemens, and SGS. As well as emerging companies like Nobelgen Inc. The researchers and industries located here continue to develop innovative and sustainable technologies that can be used to protect Ontario’s water and address the world’s water problems.

Invest in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Our dedicated team is here to support entrepreneurs that have ideas, vision and a desire to innovate and grow. Our goal is simple: To make you succeed in the Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

We have developed dedicated programs and partnerships to help cleantech companies successfully expand into Ontario. By investing in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, you have the opportunity to complement our existing supply chain to support our local cleantech sector, access the Ontario market through expansion, and export your technology worldwide.

Join the experts in the field: Peterborough-Kawarthas-Haliburton has been designated as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations University as endorsed by UNESCO. One of 8 RCEs in all of Canada.

Market Opportunities

The Trent Research and InnovationPark is the new 85-acre research and technology park being developed adjacent to Trent University inPeterborough, Ontario. We invite you to join the extraordinary researchers, incredible surroundings, and our nationally recognized institution to grow your company. The Trent Research and Innovation Park is where cleantech companies focused on water, contaminant analysis and biomaterials can access the highly-specialized talent, facilities, and support they need to grow.

Learn more about the Trent Research and Innovation Park, as well as how to become a tenant

Business Support

In Peterborough, cleantech entrepreneurs looking to penetrate the Ontario and Canadian water market will find an opportunity to access a full range of services to develop their technology. Learn more about how we can help you start and grow your business in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

We’ll help you with:

  • Business planning and assessments.
  • Connecting to staffing and training agencies.
  • Access market research and economic information about the region.
  • Identify funding options and connect with incentive programs.
  • Develop your funding proposal and provide letters of support for your proposal.

PKED works closely with the Innovation Cluster. The Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit organization that provides advisory services and access to angel investment. The Cube, operated by the Innovation Cluster, is 10,000+ square feet of incubator and accelerator space providing companies at all stages of growth with the tools, mentorship and operational support to be successful.

Plus there’s more. Take advantage of additional funding support through the Peterborough Region Angel Network, any of our local Chamber of Commerce OrganizationsCommunity Futures Peterborough, and the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Regulatory Support

We know that the review and approval process is extremely complex and that expert advice and professional services are required. We can help you successfully navigate the Canadian Approval or Regulatory process.

Demonstration Projects

We are proactive in identifying and supporting the installation of innovative technologies in “real world” municipal, industrial and agricultural applications.

Business Start-ups and Expansions

Moving beyond the pilot phase and regulatory compliances, we focus on assisting entrepreneurs to transform the early-stage technology entrepreneurs into profitable investment and job-creating businesses.

Funding Support

The province of Ontario provides access to a wide variety of funding. This includes access to both public and private financing. We work closely with local and federal government agencies to provide access to funding, grants, and loans


Suzanne McCrimmon

Suzanne McCrimmon
Director of Business Development

705-743-0777 Ext. 2127

Cell: 705-872-6802