Ontario’s water technology champion, WaterTAP, is placing a new focus on supporting the province’s water tech companies as they build capacity to export their products and services. Water Canada spoke with Brent Wootton, who has joined the WaterTAP team in a new role to support the strategy.
Water Canada: Why has WaterTAP chosen to pursue a new focus on exports in 2015?
Brent Wootton: Ontario’s economy is evolving from one driven by resource extraction to manufacturing to a service-based economy. Services now account for approximately 75 per cent of Ontario’s GDP. Manufacturing is still an important part of Ontario’s economy and accounts for half of all manufacturing GDP in Canada. To stay competitive in a changing economy and maintain jobs, Ontario needs to adapt and continue to seek out new markets.