Peterborough Receives High Recognition at Water Canada’s Water’s Next Awards

John Gillis, president of the Innovation Cluster

Peterborough and the Kawarthas were recognized greatly at the Water’s Next Awards program by two local award winners. The event was held virtually from Ottawa on the afternoon of June 11, hosted by Water Canada and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).

Innovation Cluster President John Gillis took the award in the Business Leader category, for using his time and knowledge to give back to the cleantech community through his work at the Innovation Cluster.

“I was completely surprised, shocked, as well as totally humbled on receiving this award,” says Gillis. “Clean technology and water tech is a passion of mine and will continue to work with all our associate groups in the region, like Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development, City of Kawartha Lakes, Trent University, Fleming College CAWT, CleanTech Commons, City of Peterborough and all the work we do here at the Innovation Cluster to support startups in the CleanTech environment. Without the support of all these groups, I would have never been able to continue all the work we do for our environment.”

In the Projects and Technology category, local company and Innovation Cluster alumni Aclarus Ozone took the award. Aclarus aims to provide a practical, affordable system for the complete treatment of rain water and green roof run off water for non-potable reuse without chemicals.

Peterborough was recognized again as Chris Metcalfe of Trent University was nominated in the Academic Leader category, for his focus on his research on the distribution and toxic effects of contaminants in the environment.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is known for the successful and innovative individuals and companies that are helping to put this destination on the map as a hub for clean technology. In 2018, Water Canada named Peterborough the best place in Ontario and second in Canada to grow a watertech startup.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, in partnership with Trent University and Cleantech Commons, sponsored an awards category at the summit.