Advanced Manufacturing Materials/Technology and Energy | Ontario East

Advanced Manufacturing Materials/Technology and Energy

Eastern Ontario’s advanced technology companies support a wide range of industries from traditional to new; including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, telecommunications, industrials, energy, and mining to emerging technologies and to rapidly growing areas such as technical textiles.

Ontario East is a strategic location with proximity to key partners, customers and resources where companies tend to cluster in close geographic proximity, whether to profit from local knowledge flows, access to skilled workers or tap regional supplier networks.

Ontario East’s focus of investment attraction and business retention for leading edge companies embraces a holistic approach:

  • Quality of place where resources such as local activities in arts and culture, leisure, research activities and community values are important;
  • Access to talent – both skilled and affordable;
  • R&D expertise is available across the region, with incentives and opportunities to advance product development.

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Technologies

Eastern Ontario has an advanced manufacturing and materials cluster at the leading edge, with internationally renowned companies that are redefining manufacturing industries with their ground-breaking processes and products, while meeting the productivity, quality and cost reduction demands of competitive global markets. 

Business Environment

  • Strategic location and proximity to three of Canada’s largest markets Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto.
  • Leading edge technologies drive Eastern Ontario’s diverse manufacturing sector and are embedded throughout its supply chain.
  • Thriving cluster with established and rising stars such as 3M, L3 Communications, Cpk Interior Products, Transformix Engineering, Grafoid, SigmaPoint Technologies, ImStrat Corporation, Busitech, Mosaic Manufacturing, Sabic innovative Plastics.
  • A growing tightly knit business support network facilitating, commercialization, spin-off companies and company development.
  • Significant new business support facilities: The Eastern Ontario International Business Incubator and Innovation Park, Queen’s University.


  • Nearly 47,500 are employed in manufacturing industries across the region.
  • An emerging workforce of over 15,300 students enrolled in engineering, maths and science disciplines.
  • Education and training infrastructure offering over 300 leading edge programs in advanced manufacturing, materials, and STEM subjects.
  • Twelve internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the region.

Energy and Emerging Technologies

Located in Ontario’s energy corridor, Eastern Ontario is at the heart of Canada’s energy industry with a key role in provincial and national energy generation.

A knowledge-based green economy ecosystem dedicated to long-term sustainability and energy efficiency. Globally renowned companies, cutting edge technologies, an innovative business support environment and ground breaking research and development where companies develop, grow and thrive.

Eastern Ontario’s green economy is broad based but has particular expertise in solar energy, wastewater treatment, smart grid, environmental services and green construction.

Business Environment

  • Growing cluster of green economy companies: Strathcona Energy, Fabrack Solar, Newterra, Bishop Water Technologies, EnviraMet, ENDETEC, Aztech, Arclin.
  • Important nuclear sector: Wejay, Cameco, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, AECL, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Rolls Royce.
  • An exceptional specialist business support network, with organizations dedicated to emerging clean technologies.


  • Over 17,000 employed in the energy sector in Eastern Ontario
  • Over 5,000 graduates in energy and environment and related disciplines from the region’s universities and colleges
  • Nearly 21,000 students are enrolled in energy and environment and related disciplines, with more than 2,000 masters students.
  • Comprehensive specialist programming at all levels is offered in sustainability, water, environmental and earth programs, nuclear energy, and renewable energy.

Connect with our Advanced Manufacturing members for help with your future projects and opportunities: 

Rob Nolan City of Brockville

Rebecca Mustard

City of Kawartha Lakes
Tracey Snow County of Lennox and Addington 

Shelley Hirstwood

Kingston Economic Development 
Rob Hunter Municipality of South Dundas

Dan Borowec

Northumberland County
Rhonda Keenan Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

Chris King

Quinte Economic Development Commission

Alastair Baird

Renfrew County, Ottawa Valley Economic Development

Amanda Trafford

Town of Gananoque

Ann Weir

United Counties of Leeds and Grenville