Ottawa is Canada’s smartest city, with more PhDs per capita than any other. The city is filled with scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs active in health and life sciences, cleantech, defense and security, telecommunications, gaming and ecommerce. Conventions that meet here often call on these innovators and subject matter experts as speakers and panelists.
If your business or association is involved in clean energy and technology, you’ll feel right at home meeting in Ottawa. Canada’s Capital boasts the country’s largest concentration of cleantech researchers, scientists and engineers. Over 240 cleantech companies have teamed with federal government and university research labs and the city’s thriving technology sector to create a robust cleantech ecosystem that’s making waves in areas including smart grids, energy storage and energy management.
- 240+ cleantech companies
- 4600+ employees at cleantech companies
- Canada’s highest concentration of clean energy and technology researchers, scientists and engineers
- 6 government and post secondary research institutes with a focus on cleantech
- 9 cleantech sector-related associations
Ottawa is headquarters of the Department of National Defence, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Communications Security Establishment Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Plus major firms including Lockheed-Martin, General Dynamics, Thales and Raytheon have operations here.
- 300 companies engaged in the aerospace, defence and security ecosystems
- Over 180 Ottawa-based companies offer security technologies and services
- Over 140 companies develop products and services supporting military personnel and equipment
- Over 17,000 company and sector-related research institute employees, faculty and graduates are based here.
Ottawa’s world-class health and life sciences sector offers an unparalleled wealth of expertise from which to draw upon to build convention programs and attendance. Ottawa is headquarters to Canada’s federal government, including departments directly responsible for health regulation, protection, promotion and research funding. It’s the city where the world’s first pacemaker was developed in 1950 (National Research Council). It’s home to the Canadian Stroke Network and the Stem Cell Network, both doing and funding vital work. Important research and breakthroughs are also being made at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, CHEO Research Institute, and Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation.
- Over 140 companies with a primary focus on life sciences, including medical device development and manufacture, health information technologies, and biopharmaceuticals
- 20 research institutes with a focus on life sciences are based here
- 20 sector-related associations are based here
- $156 million is invested in research annually at Ottawa’s hospitals
Ottawa’s universities are home to 35 Canada Research Chairs in the area of health and life sciences.
Ottawa has the highest concentration of engineers and scientists of any city in Canada–74,500–and the second highest in North America. Between 2005 and 2012, Ottawa recorded the most patents per capita of any city on the continent. And the Capital’s homegrown technology sector has attracted over $4.7 billion in venture capital investment over the past decade. IEEE Ottawa was established in 1942, and is the largest and most active of all IEEE Canada sections, with 18 IEEE chapters, 2,000 members, four affinity groups and three student branches.
- Engineering degrees are conferred by the University of Ottawa–ranked among the top 50 engineering programs in the world by Business Insider–and by Carleton University, whose program is among the best in the country.
- Ottawa’s two universities, along with Algonquin College and Cité collégiale, count over 27,000 students enrolled in STEM programs
- Post-secondary institutions conduct over $320 million in sponsored research annually.
- Additional engineering research is conducted by the city’s community of leading Canadian and international technology companies, including DragonWave, Telesat, Zarlink Semiconductor, Calian Technologies, Ciena Telus, Alcatel-Lucent, among many others.
For more information see Meeting of the Minds: Engineering