Toronto Mayor John Tory visits Huawei’s R&D facility in Shanghai, company invests $3 million into U of T

Huawei and the Government of Ontario recently announced plans to invest $303 million over the next five years to build out Ontario’s 5G infrastructure and to create an additional 250 research and development throughout the province.

Huawei now says it will make a further $3 million investment into the province through a three year research partnership with the University of Toronto.

Toronto Mayor John Tory visited Huawei’s R&D facility in Shanghai on Saturday where the partnership was officially announced.

“This research partnership between Huawei and the University of Toronto reflects the world-class research and technology talent that lives in our city. This partnership speaks to the benefits that exist for China’s rapidly growing technology companies to invest and expand their global operations and research footprint in Toronto,” said Mayor Tory.


Huawei sees the University of Toronto as a “pipeline of talented young engineers who will contribute to the Canadian ICT ecosystem and tackle global technology challenges.” The $3 million investment will be used to to bolster various research areas, such as mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, materials science, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, aerospace engineering and theoretical and applied physics.

Professor Ted Sargent, U of T’s Vice-Dean of Research for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, said, “This new agreement with Huawei opens countless opportunities for collaboration beyond the areas of cloud acceleration and data-centre optimization, where we have long enjoyed strong partnerships. We look forward to exploring joint projects that build upon U of T Engineering’s world-leading research strengths in biomedical engineering, materials science and other fields.”

Huawei has a presence in Markham, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Waterloo, Waterloo, and Montreal.

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