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Super-computing partnership celebrates first anniversary

April 8, 2013

TORONTO, ON – A $210 million investment. An R&D initiative to create more than 100 new, highly skilled jobs for Ontario. Seven leading Ontario universities supported by an IBM technology backbone that includes the fastest supercomputer in Canada and advanced analytics, agile and cloud technologies.  Academics paired with IBM researchers to accelerate commercialization out of the lab and into the enterprise.

That announcement, one year ago at a major news event, brought together stakeholders representing the public and private sectors, collaborating to create a new economic cornerstone for Canada. The vision was for academia to work with industry to better manage and analyze massive data sets to solve critical world challenges in the spheres of health, cities and climate.

Fast-forward to today, and the IBM Canada Research and Development Centre has reached its one-year milestone.  Skilled workers have been hired and more than 20 research projects have been initiated in the past 12 months, many collaborating directly with Ontario industry partners.  The consortium is tackling:

  • Healthcare issues including better diagnoses of Alzheimer’s and predicting how infectious diseases spread and how citizens would respond to quarantine measures
  • Urban issues such as improving urban system design methods to better manage the transportation of people and goods and improve the quality of urban living
  • Climate issues such as how to assess the impact of global warming on the Grand River watershed.

On April 10, please join IBM Canada President John Lutz, government officials and representatives from the University of Toronto, Western University, Queens University, Ontario University Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo, Ottawa University and McMaster University, as they celebrate this milestone.



  • Hear first-hand as researchers from the University of Toronto, Western University and University of Waterloo their progress.
  • Visit a “research showcase” highlighting dozens of other research initiatives
  • Learn about five new research projects and other milestone achievements

When: Wednesday April 10, 2013,  9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Where: IBM Innovation Centre, 120 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON


For more information, contact:

UofT Media Relations
Tel: 416-978-0100