19 June 2019

The cluster ecosystem of Toronto region is made up of collaborations between government, businesses, post-secondary institutions, among others. At the #TCI2018, participants were able to visit 11 different cluster immersion experiences which included Advanced manufacturing, Design, Emerging Tech, Energy, Financial Services, Food, Health, Innovation Ecosystem, Low-Carbon buildings, Transportation and logistics and Water.


  • ADVANCED MANUFACTURING: Key sectors within this cluster included aerospace, automotive, food and beverage processing, and cleantech companies. In this immersion experience the delegates visited the Ontario Aerospace Hub at Downsview Park and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace.
  • DESIGN: The design cluster included the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, industrial, interior, graphic, UI/UX and fashion design.
  • EMERGING TECH: The delegates were able to visit the Perimeter Institute, the Institute for Quantum Computing, Google Canada's and Communitech.
  • ENERGY: Included the visits of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the Nuclear Simulation Lab and the Automotive Centre of Excellence, the Ontario Power Generation's and the Durham-York Energy Centre.
  • FINANCIAL SERVICES: In North America, Toronto is the second largest financial centre, third largest technology cluster and the fourth largest city. In this cluster immersion experience, participants visited the OneEleven, a global scaleup hub focused on helping the most promising, high-growth tech startups and the Aviva Digital Garage, a new innovative space in the financial services and FinTech landscape in Toronto.
  • FOOD: Included the visits of Food Starter, a non-profit organization that helps early-stage food processors commercialize and scale the development of their food products, Ozery Bakery, Spirit Tree Cidery, a working culinary tourism apple farm, cidery and food services facility and Castle Dale Farms, an innovative dairy producer where you will learn how they use the latest robotic technology to produce dairy products.
  • HEALTH: The cluster immersion experience included the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world's largest urban innovation hubs and cornerstone of the Toronto Region Human Health and Sciences cluster, the JLABS at Toronto, which is the first Johnson & Johnson science incubator outside the United States, the Centre of Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine, the University Health Network and the ONRamp, a University of Toronto Entrepeneurship Incubator.
  • INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM: Delegates were able to visit the Ryerson DMZ, the #1 university-based incubator in the world according to UBI Global, the Centre for Social Innovation Spadina, which accelerates innovation and startups in Toronto, the Autodesk Toronto Technology Centre, a company that creates software for architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media and entertainment industries, and finally the Vector Institute, an independent not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing the field of artificial intelligence through world-class research.
  • LOW-CARBON BUILDINGS: This immersion included a visit to the Waterfront Toronto, the Sherbourne Common and Corktown Common, George Brown's Green Building Centre, the Kortright Centre for Conservation and the new Toronto Transportation Comission.
  • TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS: Participants visited the Ontario Food Terminal, the Redpath Sugar Refinery and the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute, which brings together University of Toronto faculty experienced in analysis, planning and design of urban transportation systems.
  • WATER: In this cluster immersion experience, delegates visited the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant and the Enwave's Deep Lake Cooling Pump Station, part of the world's largest deep lake cooling pump system.

After lunch, participants were able to participate in a mini-charrette that uses design principles to explore ideas, share best practices and solve challenges.


Check out the selection of photos of the cluster tours on our Flickr account.