Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was in Mississauga yesterday following a meeting of the Economic Strategy Tables. Bains announced $14.1 million in federal funding to be spent on the development of five clean technologies, including two that are focused on water.
Among the companies supported in the announcement were ClinnUp Technologies from Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Quebec, a company that is changing how municipal wastewater is treated by merging electricity with biological processes. ClinnUp received $2.2 million from the federal government.
KmX Membrane Technologies of Oakville, Ontario, was also a recipient. KmX Membrane has developed a hollow fiber, membrane distillation technology that offers a solution to brine management problems without scaling issues faced by evaporators and other thermal systems. KMX has been operating a pilot system at a Canadian government facility to demonstrate solutions for recovering metals for smelting and treating water for reuse. Various mining companies provided wastewater for evaluation. KmX received $1.1 million.
Earlier that day, Minister Bains attended a meeting of the tables, where he discussed their efforts to develop actionable plans to support Canada’s long-term economic growth.
He was jouned by Audrey Mascarenhas, president and CEO of Questor Technology, a company that provides high-efficiency, waste gas incinerators and Lorraine Mitchelmore, president and CEO of Enlighten Innovations to make the announcement. Mitchelmore is the chair of the Resources of the Future Table and the co-founder and co-chair of Smart Prosperity and Mascarenhas is chair of the Clean Technology Table.