GM Canada to establish research chair at University of Waterloo

Automaker pledges $1 million in support for UofW's “Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign” and launches GM Automotive Innovation Outpost at Communitech.

1 November 11, 2015
by Design Engineering staff

Speaking at the Canadian Club this week, GM Canada President Stephen Carlisle announced $1 million in support for the University of Waterloo’s “Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign” and launched a new GM Automotive Innovation Outpost at Communitech. (Photo credit: © GM Corp.)

Speaking at the Canadian Club this week, GM Canada President Stephen Carlisle announced $1 million in support for the University of Waterloo’s “Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign” and launched a new GM Automotive Innovation Outpost at Communitech. (Photo credit: © GM Corp.)

In remarks to the Canadian Club in Toronto, GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that the company will support the University of Waterloo’s Engineering Faculty by providing $1 million to fund a Research Chair in advanced materials while also sponsoring engineering student Capstone design projects involving software development, which is key to GM Canada’s work on “the connected car.”

Carlisle also said GM Canada will establish an innovation research outpost within Waterloo’s Communitech innovation research hub with initial focus on urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app innovation.

The new investment is in line with a new automotive R&D and innovation mandate, awarded in April 2015, at its Oshawa Engineering Centre, focused on fast emerging “connected car” and the development of new urban mobility solutions. The company is hiring 100 new software engineers and engaging a growing ecosystem of select Canadian universities, accelerators and suppliers in its mandate.

At the Canadian Club event this week, Carlisle called on governments in Canada to quickly carve out a purposeful role in a fast changing automotive sector that is increasingly defined by electric vehicles, connected and autonomous driving cars and new approaches to urban mobility.

“No company, country or government owns this space, but we see that Canada has distinct advantages in mobile technology, engineering skills, applied research and a strong automotive history,” said Carlisle. “As Canada prepares to invest billions in much needed urban transportation infrastructure, we need to understand how new automotive technologies and urban mobility approaches can increase infrastructure ROI, accelerate environmental benefits and anchor new high skilled Canadian jobs at the forefront of a new automotive innovation supply chain.”
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1 Comment » for GM Canada to establish research chair at University of Waterloo
  1. RAndy says:

    One could of hoped that industry would look outside the Ontario bubble. I million in research would stretch further outside the heavily taxed and regulated government of Ontario. Is time to move the auto industry from Ontario to a more competitive province? Proximity is no longer an advantage with todays transport industry. While much of the auto industry has been chased away with high labor and energy costs due to the Liberal failed green plan, one would think it would be beneficial to build industry outside the norms. However, provinces like Manitoba that boasts the lowest hydro costs in Canada along with Quebec have governments that are anti industry along with mafia unions calling the shots. The NDP of Manitoba has failed to attract any new industry as a result of extremely poor labor relations with forced unionization and profound job killing policy from a government with an addiction to over spending.

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