This article was originally published in the Waterloo Region Record by Lisa Maccoll.

In an arena where research and grant dollars can be competitive, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) is a study in collaborative innovation. The consortium, based out of a building on the University of Waterloo’s north campus, near Columbia Lake, focuses on helping water technology companies develop and demonstrate innovative technology and approaches. It has eight university partners – UW, Wilfrid Laurier, McMaster, Ryerson, Guelph, Western, Toronto and the Ontario Institute of Technology – and is supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and technology giant IBM.

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