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GreenCentre Canada - GCC

$19.7 million for 2009-20
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GreenCentre Canada

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Partner contributions
$25.9 million

Kingston, Ontario

Executive Director
Lynne Manuel Lynne Manuel

Board chair
Eric Kelusky Eric Kelusky

Connecting Canada's research expertise with industry demand for green solutions

The opportunity

Although promising green chemistry technologies are being developed in universities and early stage companies across Canada, few make it to market. Industry needs technologies that are proven to be scalable, optimized for specific applications, produced in kilogram-scale batches and largely de-risked – activities neither academia nor industry are able to do on their own. Now, thanks to GreenCentre Canada’s (GCC) “hands-on” chemistry development capabilities, these organizations can quickly develop green chemistry innovations that can compete on cost and performance, putting Canada on the vanguard of a sustainable green chemical and materials industry.

How GCC is seizing the opportunity

GCC is the first facility of its kind in North America to offer a “one-stop shop” to develop and scale Canada’s best chemistry and material science discoveries. Academic and industrial technologies introduced to the centre are assessed for their commercial potential (economics, strength of the intellectual property position, competing products) and their estimated environmental impact compared to current technologies. The most commercially promising technologies are developed, de-risked and scaled up in GCC’s 900 square metre laboratory facility. GCC’s team includes highly experienced chemists, commercial experts and business professionals who work closely with its vast network of entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors, and researchers.

Among the results

  • One of GCC’s start-ups, Forward Water Technologies, completed the construction of its pilot-scale engineering testing platform, which simultaneously reduces the volume of dissolved salts in challenging waste water while returning fresh water for re-use or surface release.  It has since had a successful private financing and is working with strategic partners to implement the technology.

  • Continued funding from the Ontario government enabled GCC to operate its IHC4 program which provides support to Ontario-based small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs by developing, de-risking and scaling up their innovations. In the past year alone, GCC clients in the program were able to raise $13.5M in external funding and expand their staff.

  • GCC continues to collaborate with The Lorama Group (Mississauga, ON) to commercialize an innovative outdoor paint/coating technology that is more environmentally friendly than existing products.  The technology, originally licensed from Queen’s University, was further developed in GreenCentre’s labs.  GCC subsequently collaborated with Lorama for additional testing and product formulation.  Lorama is now working with its industrial clients to further develop the product for ultimate manufacturing and distribution.

  • GCC continues to partner with global leader Veolia Water Technologies to commercialize a novel water purification technology.  Originally developed by Carleton University professor Banu Ormeci, the technology measures the polymer flocculent concentration in waste water streams in real time.

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High tech coating protects windshields from stone chips, heat and frost
July 5, 2017
A Kitchener Ontario-based start-up is working with GreenCentre Canada to make windshields safer and greener. Read more
A one-stop shop for Canadian green chemistry discoveries
April 17, 2014
Promising green chemistry technologies are being developed in university labs across Canada, but few make it to market. That’s because industry wants technologies that are proven to be scalable, optimized for specific applications, produced in kilogram-scale batches and largely de-risked. Academics rarely have the resources to take those steps. Read more
Start-up to bring affordable desalination and clean water to global markets
March 20, 2013
The GreenCentre Canada CECR start-up, Forward Water Technologies, has developed a green desalination process that uses less energy, and is much more cost effective than current distillation or reverse osmosis-based systems. Read more
Take it from the top – strong leadership means better results
November 14, 2012
The Board of Directors for an NCE network or centre often reads like the Who’s Who list of a particular sector, featuring top experts and prominent figures from industry and academia. Pulling together that room full of heavy hitters is an important part of the innovative approaches to governance and best practices adopted by NCE-funded organizations to achieve their goals. Read more
From laboratory to market: Canadian researcher discovers a greener way to recycle plastic
November 2, 2011
Polystyrene, commonly used as food and beverage containers, including expandable polystyrene foam (EPS), are not materials that are easy to recycle. This is about to change. A researcher and chemist at Queen’s University, Dr. Phillip Jessop, has discovered a green, organic solvent system that can be used to recycle plastic in a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly way. Read more
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GreenCentre Canada: Changing chemistry can change the world
June 4, 2014
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Forward Water Technologies' Switchable Water Technology
December 4, 2013
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GreenCentre Canada- From Lab to Market
September 27, 2011