Supporting innovation and creating jobs in Halton Region

On March 11, 2011, I had the pleasure of joining the Honourable Glen Murray, the Minister of Research and Innovation, Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn and Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, at the official launch of the entry of HalTech into the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). The launch took place at the Sheridan Centre for Animation and Emerging Technologies ( view 4 photos).

The Ontario Network of Excellence External Link is made up of 14 regional innovation centres, including HalTech. These centres aim to help local entrepreneurs bring innovative ideas to market – anything from a new web application or leading-edge digital entertainment technology to an innovative way to treat wastewater or train physicians. The sky is the limit!

Halton Region established HalTech in partnership with Communitech External Link, a not-for-profit organization with close to 15 years of experience helping technology entrepreneurs in Waterloo Region grow their businesses. HalTech will act as a catalyst for innovation and commercialization in our region by delivering services to help Halton enterprises start, grow and succeed. Once fully established later this year, HalTech will provide a suite of business acceleration and venture support programs and networking opportunities.

At the launch, there was plenty of evidence that the innovative spirit is alive and well in Halton. On display were PharmaTrust’s MedCentre, a remote pharmacy dispensing technology that allows people to access multilingual pharmacy services 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the latest offerings from Oakville-based animation company Pipeline Studios Inc., which employs over 90 digital artists and produces animations for major entertainment companies such as Nelvana and the Disney Channel.

To quote Minister Murray: “The strength of Ontario’s creative environment, diverse culture, highly skilled workforce, world-class education system, internationally recognized research community and proven entrepreneurs is second to none.” Now that we are better linking these talents together, there will be even more opportunities for Halton entrepreneurs.

You can learn more about HalTech by visiting www.halton.ca/haltech or dialing 311, 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, or TTY 905-827-9833.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”