Making the grade: Carleton University signs on as academic partner at Kanata's Hub350

Carleton innovation space
Carleton University plans to open an innovation space at Kanata's new Hub350 later this year. File photo

After announcing earlier this year that it will open a new innovation centre in the city’s west-end tech park as part of a collaboration with the Kanata North Business Association, Carleton University is further deepening its ties to the organization.

The university said this week it’s signed on as a founding academic partner in Hub350, a new “global technology centre” the KNBA is set to launch in the former Mitel headquarters at 350 Legget Dr. with the goal of bringing together the best and brightest talent from Ottawa’s local tech, finance and academic sectors. 

The news comes just a couple of months after Carleton unveiled plans to launch a 2,000-square-foot innovation space at Hub350 as it aims to help students and faculty forge closer ties with tech industry leaders.

“Carleton’s partnership with KNBA will allow us to expand the impact of our research and education partnerships,” Dana Brown, dean of the university’s Sprott School of Business, said in a statement.

“That will benefit everyone – our student entrepreneurs, students seeking cross-disciplinary, work-integrated learning, our researchers, of course, and businesses that require new talent pipelines.” 

In a news release, the university said its faculty and students will help “bridge the gap between industry and talent, helping to fuel the tech park with the talent it needs to grow.” It said Hub350 “will help foster new relationships for research and collaboration with Kanata North companies and other post-secondary institutions.”

Julia Frame, the KNBA’s director of partnerships, said Carleton and the business association will work together to “provide new avenues for collaboration and innovation to attract students and new grads to live, work, play and learn in Canada’s largest technology park.” 

Carleton is among a number of high-profile organizations that have thrown their support behind Hub350, which is slated to open this summer.

The KNBA announced in early May that global software powerhouse Salesforce has signed on as an anchor sponsor, marking the San Francisco-based firm’s first foray into the local tech park. Other notable sponsors include Mitel and local management consulting firm Stratford Group.