New innovation centre to focus world’s academia on automotive sector

The Durham Region Planning and Economic Development Department, Economic Development and Tourism Division recently announced the formation of the C.C. Chan Academician Science and Technology Innovation Centre.

The innovation centre will connect global academic experts working on electric vehicle research projects, increasing Durham’s competitive edge within the automotive sector, while focusing on clean electricity and environment. This centre will be Mr. Chan’s fifth innovative hub outside of China, with other locations established in Germany, South Korea, Israel and Turkey.

“Durham Region has a long history of invention and production in the automotive industry. This investment honours and expands that heritage, skill and expertise,” stated Gerri Lynn O’Connor, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Whether through electrification of personal vehicles, transit or commercial transport, this is one more way we can help to safeguard the future for our children and grandchildren.”

A recent unveiling event at Regional Headquarters was attended by C.C. Chan; elected officials; leaders from the automotive, financial and high-tech industries; and professors from Ontario universities.

“Durham Region is known for its innovative and creative approach, large and diverse talent pool, outstanding quality of life, and excellent land value,” said Chan. “These are just some of the reasons why it was an attractive choice for the next international centre.”

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