Western Research Parks, including the local Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, has been recognized with an award presented last month by the Association of University Research Parks at the group’s annual conference in Oklahoma City.
The award, presented to universities and research parks that are operating effectively and making a quantifiable contribution to their respective communities, is expected to strengthen the reputation of the Sarnia-based facility, one of three in the Western Research Parks group, the others being in London.
In the past two years, seven of the Sarnia park’s tenants have graduated to the commercial sector.
The facility, which is also home to the Bowman Centre for Commercialization (said to be Canada’s largest clean-tech incubator), was ranked seventh in a list of research parks in North America by UBI Global in 2014 and fifth best in North America in 2015.
The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park was created in November 2003 with the inception of the Community Development Corporation, owned by the County of Lambton. It comprises 270,000 square feet of leasable area and is home to a number of high profile tenants, including Nova Chemicals, Enbridge and WorleyParsons.