Earlier today Westinghouse Electric Company officially opened their Canadian Global Engineering Hub in Kitchener to support their growing CANDU® and global new-build business. This investment in Kitchener supports the growing clean energy industry, creates more jobs and furthers the City of Kitchener’s Make It Kitchener strategy.

With only four other Westinghouse engineering hubs in the world, the new hub in Kitchener, selected from a list of 15 cities globally, represents a dedicated commitment and investment into the growth of Westinghouse in Canada and supports their research in the clean energy sector around the world.

At today’s official opening, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined The Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, John Yakabuski, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Electrification, Patrick Fragman, President and CEO of Westinghouse Electric Company, and Tony LaMantia, President & CEO of Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation.

"We're thrilled that Westinghouse has chosen to #MakeItKitchener, joining the many other global organizations that have seen so much potential in the City of Kitchener and our local ecosystem that they decided to make a home here. Establishing one of its five global engineering hubs in our community – and the only one in Canada – will bring new jobs and continue an exciting chapter in our long history of research and development, innovation, and collaboration," said Kitchener Mayor, Berry Vrbanovic.

“This is the future of nuclear energy, and it starts here in Waterloo Region,” said Tony LaMantia, President & CEO of Waterloo EDC. “Westinghouse’s new engineering hub in Kitchener will drive innovation in nuclear energy, setting new standards for the industry at large. By tapping into our highly skilled, work-ready talent pool, Westinghouse is sure to make a huge and lasting impact."

The Canadian Engineering Hub in Kitchener is a state-of-the-art facility that will service projects in Canada and around the globe. The new global engineering hub will bring 100 jobs to Kitchener. The strong strategic partnerships with area universities and colleges, and the skilled workforce available in Kitchener and Waterloo Region will helps foster the next generation of innovators.

“We are immensely proud to continue investing in Canada and to grow our presence in this dynamic energy market,” said Patrick Fragman, Westinghouse President and CEO. “Today, Westinghouse has more than 250 employees based in Canada across a diverse range of technical and professional roles. The new engineering hub in Kitchener will expand our employee base with approximately 100 additional engineers by 2025. This – coupled with our robust domestic supply chain and our proven technology offerings – uniquely positions Westinghouse to meet Canada’s clean energy needs for generations to come.”

In addition to Westinghouse’s commitment to research in the clean energy sector, this aligns with the City’s strategic goals of sustainable paths to a greener, healthier city and the commitment to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals for a better and more sustainable future for all.

To learn more about Westinghouse Canada’s Global Engineering Hub, visit www.westinghousenuclear.com/canada/about-us . To learn more about the City’s Make It Kitchener strategy, visit www.MakeItKitchener.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Shawn Falcao 

Manager, Corporate Communication    
City of Kitchener