Partnering to accelerate water innovations through real-world demonstration

SOWC is dedicated to advancing the commercialization of innovative water technologies. Since our founding we have demonstrated our capacity to deliver economic benefits in Ontario and Canada.

SOWC facilitates real-world testing, introducing companies to academic expertise, and funding industry-led collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new products and services.

In 2011, SOWC was created with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Research Fund, and contributions from member postsecondary institutions and other key partners.

With a new funding commitment from FedDev Ontario in 2016, we created the Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program to support industry-led collaborative technology development projects. SOWC also benefited from new funding from the Province of Ontario to support research, events, and engagement to drive adoption of innovative technologies, particularly for “net zero energy” wastewater treatment.

SOWC includes 10 post-secondary members: University of Waterloo, McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Queen’s University and Fleming College.

We have also established partnerships with the GRCA, City of Guelph and City of London. In 2015 we signed and MOU with OCWA to support technology demonstration.


Ontario as a leader in the development and adoption of water technologies and processes that will solve water challenges both locally and globally.


To support and foster collaboration among Ontario companies and post-secondary institutions to drive technology development and adoption and enhance economic development through the growth of the water sector in Ontario.