L-R: Research and Innovation Minister Glen Murray, Research and Innovation Deputy Minister George Ross, Chief Executive of Singapore PUB, Khoo Teng Chye, and Dr. Amy Khor Lean Suan, Singapore Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources.

PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, and the Government of Ontario have officially agreed to enter into a strategic alliance to conduct advanced clean water research and development.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Ontario and PUB will collaborate in the areas of clean water technologies and exchange knowledge and expertise that leverage each jurisdiction’s resources.

Singapore and Ontario have a shared goal to become hubs for water technologies that drive innovations through research, testing and application of emerging technologies.

Ontario is the first North American jurisdiction to enter into such an agreement with Singapore. More than 70 water companies and 14 corporate research and development centres have already set up facilities and offices in Singapore.

The government also announced that in May 2011, Ontario will host the international Global Water Leadership Summit, to engage international partners in countries like Singapore in a discussion on the future of clean water technology, with a goal of advancing collaboration and knowledge exchange.

For more on PUB, read our interview with Khoo Teng Chye.

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