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Canada's Premier Cleantech Destination


85 acres of possibility... designed for innovation.

Cleantech Commons is Canada’s premier location for clean, green & low/ zero-carbon technology research, innovation, entrepreneurship & commercialization. We are building a clustered community of scalable growth companies, startup & spinout ventures, and corporate accelerators & “innovation outposts”, all committed to having a positive impact on the most pressing energy, environment and climate challenges of our times.                 * Connect to our virtual front desk here! * Check out our latest Blog posts here! * Construction updates! * "Peterborough & the Kawarthas: A Cleantech Powerhouse" * "Cleantech Commons positions Peterborough as “a leader and cutting edge" community”  


Discover Cleantech Commons

Offering a picturesque location adjacent to the main campus of Trent University, Cleantech Commons is designed to be a point of convergence for academic and industry partners driving innovation in clean, green & low-carbon technologies, water technologies, contaminant analysis, agro-biotechnology and biomaterials.

With approximately 1,400 acres of land situated on the banks of Otonabee River and over 30 kilometres of nature trails, Trent University boasts one of Canada’s most picturesque university campuses. The combination of lush forest, drumlins, streams and open fields provides a unique learning and recreational environment that is used by students, faculty and staff and is fully accessible to members of the Cleantech Commons community.

Taking advantage of this unique location, Cleantech Commons is a university-linked Research and Technology Park: a physical environment designed specifically to generate, attract and retain science-based technology companies and talent that is aligned with our associated research institutions, including universities and public, private and federal research facilities.

Cleantech Commons is all about enabling the flow of ideas between innovation generators – such as universities, colleges, federal labs, and non-profit R&D institutions – and those companies located both in our Park and in the surrounding region. View Our Master Plan [20MB PDF]

Our Sectors of Strength


  Cleantech

Trent University has one of the largest Environmental & Life Sciences graduate programs in Canada with over 175 grad students per year – a huge source of market-ready graduates for full-time work or students looking for co-op programs and undergraduate student internships.


  Water Technologies

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to innovative minds and startups that are changing the way that communities across Canada and throughout the world think about wastewater management. At Cleantech Commons you are in good company to problem solve.


  Agri-Food

With over 100,000 hectares of prime agricultural land, programming at Trent University and Fleming College that focuses on sustainable agriculture, food systems, as well as culinary management, the region is well-poised to continue to lead the way into the future of agriculture.


  Biomaterials

Cleantech Commons tenants will be able to tap into the wealth of research assets at Trent University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Fleming College – institutions that are home to highly-specialized expertise and infrastructure in water, contaminant analysis, agri-food and biomaterials.

Thoughtfully located


A quick drive to downtown Toronto


Easily accessible from downtown Ottawa


Linked closely to the U.S. market


The Cleantech Commons Executive Team

Sandra ClancyChief Administrative Officer, City of Peterborough

Dr. Neil EmeryVice President, Research & Innovation, Trent University

Cynthia Fletcher: Commissioner of Infrastructure & Planning Services, City of Peterborough

Kent Stringham: Vice President, Finance and Administration, Trent University

Martin J. YuillExecutive Director, Cleantech Commons E-Mail Martin direct