Universities key to revitalization of southwestern Ontario

June 3, 2014

A feature article in the Globe and Mail describes some of the economic challenges facing southwestern Ontario. The piece addresses the continuing collapse of the manufacturing sector in what was once Canada’s "industrial heartland," and looks at how universities are playing a role in the search for solutions. Following the University of Waterloo as a model, some universities have been positioning themselves as engines of growth in local business communities by fostering entrepreneurial cultures and creating innovation centres to support new businesses. Brock University, the University of Windsor, and Western University are cited as working toward stronger integration between universities and surrounding cities. The article also looks at efforts being made by city planners to attract and retain university graduates, but points out that more investment and support will be required at the provincial level to effect meaningful change. Globe and Mail