A pan-Canada water technology ecosystem working working to accelerate the scale-up and adoption of Canadian competitive water technology solutions to address the world’s most pressing water challenges.

WaterNEXT is focused on water in all forms and contexts. Our role is to advance the Canadian water technology ecosystem by:

  • Connecting water technology companies, users, and funders.
  • Coordinating conversations around Canadian water innovation priorities, opportunities, and strengths.
  • Showcasing Canadian water technologies globally.

Water Technology Ecosystem Map

The Canadian Water Technology Ecosystem Map is your essential guide to navigating Canada’s water innovation landscape. This open access resource was developed through a collaboration between the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Aqua Forum, and Foresight to share information, foster collaboration, and build community across Canada’s water technology ecosystem.

Accelerator Program

In fall 2020, WaterSMART Canada, Foresight, and BlueTech Research launched an exciting water accelerator program for Canada’s water technology companies, supported by NRC IRAP. 50+ break-through companies participated in this market-driven program. The program offers:

  • A network of mentors, advisors, and water industry experts that offer business, market and technical advice
  • Education programs designed to fast track commercialization, scale-up
  • Education programs designed to fast track commercialization, scale-up timelines and get technology to market faster
  • Access to extensive waterNEXT technical and market intelligence support through partners WaterSMART and Bluetech Research
  • Access to an investor network, pitch opportunities, and networking events that offer direct access to investors interested in the water sector

Stay tuned for our Fall 2021 cohort, or contact us for more information.

Strategic Goals

Our vision is to establish Canada as the global leader in innovation, adoption, and export of sustainable water technologies.


a collaborative ecosystem that understands market needs and innovation gaps

Identify and scale

Canadian water technology ventures more rapidly

Drive adoption

of Canadian water technologies, both domestically and internationally


the conversation around water technology challenges and innovation opportunities

Position Canada

as a global leader in water technology and innovation