MUNICH — The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has reported that Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, has granted more water-related industry patents over the past 30 years than any other comparable government jurisdiction in the world, according to a press release.
With 10 percent more clean technology companies than any other province in the country, and 900 water-industry-specific companies, the Ontario government’s Water Sector Strategy also includes targeted provisions for growing the water industry and maintaining its position as a global water innovation leader, reported the release.
Along with representatives of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance, a collective of regional and municipal economic development organizations across Ontario, continued the release, WaterTAP executives are attending IFAT 2014, the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, in Munich.
“WaterTAP exists to champion and support Ontario’s status as a world water technology hub. The WaterTAP team brings private sector experience to the challenge of helping water technology entrepreneurs, utilities and investors make the connections and find the resources they need to keep our water sector prospering,” said Dr. Brian Mergaelas, WaterTAP’s CEO.
“WaterTAP also encourages Ontario’s municipal water utilities to tackle common challenges together to provide guidance and market pull for innovative products and services,” said Sean Dyke, director – Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance (SOMA), and chair of the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance.