Smartpark Innovation Hub building.

Smartpark Research & Technology Park

The University of Manitoba’s Smartpark has the mandate to develop a designated 100 acres of university land as Smartpark Research & Technology Park. Smartpark's vision is “Building a Community of Innovators” adjacent to The University of Manitoba. Smartpark's mission is developing space for lease to research and technology companies and organizations involved in research areas that complement the University’s academic and research mission, including the following broad areas:

  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Engineering and Advanced Materials
  • Health and Biotechnology
  • Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

As all industries strive to compete in the new global economy, innovation is the fundamental characteristics of those who are successful. Innovation is a product of the synergy and energy generated by clustering inquiring minds and encouraging critical, creative and adaptive thought in an environment of research and learning. Smartpark has developed this unique work setting to create just that environment to capture the value that innovation creates, to further:

  • facilitate university and industry collaboration and partnership
  • foster creation and application of knowledge-based technology and economic development
  • nurture and stimulate a culture encouraging commercialization and entrepreneurship of local start-ups
  • create new employment opportunities and provide numerous other benefits for the community, the University, tenants, skilled students and researchers

Smartpark continues to advance its mandate, vision and ongoing mission, positioning itself as a symbol of science, innovation and advanced technology at the University of Manitoba, playing a wider role in the innovation ecosystem and the knowledge-based economy in the Province of Manitoba.

Smartpark opened its first facility in 2002. Today, the Community of Innovators is home to 36 tenants and 20 commercialized startups, employing 1,500 people in ten buildings, comprising 500,000 square feet of research facilities across the park.

Development and leasing opportunities

Land lease opportunities

Smartpark is a maturing research park development that has room to grow. The park contains 105 acres of land owned by the University of Manitoba and operated by Smartpark. All 105 acres are complete with property services, 34 acres are developed with buildings and grounds, 37 acres are used for roads, berms and retention ponds, and the remaining 34 acres of serviced land are available for future park development.

The following serviced parcels are available for lease:

  • Parcel G – 2.02 acres (adjacent and west of Lake 1 Retention Pond)
  • Parcel F – 1.44 acres (south 1/3 remaining)
  • Parcel E – 4.20 acres (west half of Parcel E)
  • Parcel R – 4.40 acres (adjacent and west of One Research Road)
  • Parcel B – 21.34 acres (between Technology Trail and Pembina Hwy)

Please call 204-474-7975 or email to discuss your space requirements and the availability of lease options at Smartpark Research & Technology Park.

Leasing opportunities

Currently available for lease:

  • 655 square feet office
  • 5,100 square feet office/warehouse

Please call 204-474-7975 or email to discuss your space requirements and the availability of lease options at Smartpark Research & Technology Park.

Our buildings

  • Exterior of One Research Road

    One Research Road

    Smartpark developed this 70,767 square foot facility in 2005, including an addition built in 2010 developed to a LEED Silver rating level with geothermal technology for heating and cooling. Bayer Crop Science, Canola Breeding Centre, Red River Mutual and Keyloop Canada are located here.

  • Exterior view of 100-One Research Road.

    100-One Research Road

    This 7,000 square foot building was developed by Smartpark in 2011.

  • Exterior view of 100 Innovation Drive.

    100 Innovation Drive

    Known as the Smartpark Innovation Hub, this 75,000 square foot facility - developed to a LEED Silver rating level - opened in 2019. It is the home office location for North Forge Technology Exchange - Smartpark's Incubator, UM Partnership & Innovations, Totten Group, Pembina Trails Early College, Kane Biotech, Backswath Management and Gowen Canada, as well as the Smartpark food service and management offices.

  • Exterior of 78 Innovation Drive

    100-78 Innovation Drive

    This 9,000 square foot single-tenant facility was developed by Smartpark in 2004 and is currently leased to Transgrid Solutions.

  • Exterior of 135 Innovation Drive on a sunny, summer day.

    135 Innovation Drive

    At 28,000 square feet, this multi-tenant facility was developed by Smartpark in 2002 as Building #1. Businesses include MERLIN, Tactile Robotics, AgCo Corp., Algernon Pharmaceuticals and the Smartpark Technology Business Centre containing a range of small startup enterprises.

  • 137 Innovation Drive

    137 Innovation Drive

    This 28,000 square foot, Smartpark-developed multi-tenant facility was completed in 2003. The building currently houses the University of Manitoba's External Relations Department and ProMetic Plasma Resources.

  • Exterior of 150 Innovation Drive

    150 Innovation Drive

    Home to RTDS Technologies, this unique 39,000 square foot building sits over a water retention pond and was developed in 2010, with addition added in 2021. The building's architect (Cibinel Architects Ltd.) won a 2010 Prairie Design Award for Architecture and Interior Design.

  • Exterior of 155 Innovation Drive.

    155 Innovation Drive

    A 165,000 square foot research, laboratory and cGMP production facility developed in 1982, with additions in 2003 and 2006; now owned and operated by Emergent Bio Solutions.

  • Exterior of 196 Innovation Drive.

    196 Innovation Drive

    The home to the Richardson Centre for Food Technology and Research, this 55,000 square foot research laboratory was developed by the University of Manitoba in 2006.

  • Exterior of 200 and 300, 78 Innovation Drive.

    200/300-78 Innovation Drive

    Leased to the Industrial Technology Centre and GSI Electronique, this 24,000 square feet building was developed by Smartpark in 2005.

Our services

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Meeting rooms and atrium receptions

The two core design principles of the Innovation Hub are to create gathering spaces and commercialization spaces for the tenants of Smartpark.

The Smartpark Innovation Hub has the following features for use:

  • Large open Atrium
  • Two state of the art multi-purpose rooms (MPRs), accommodating 50 people in one room, or 100 people when both rooms combined. Each multi-purpose room features: 
  • 4th Floor Boardroom – 14 person capacity
  • Common meeting rooms
  • Licensed food service location with a full service kitchen
  • Outdoor patio

Terms and Conditions for Use of Event Rental Spaces (PDF)

For rental bookings and more information, email:

Our tenants and partners

More about Smartpark

Context and background

Milestone dates

1982 – UM Board of Governors approves the establishment of a Research Park (PDF) on March 25, 1982 and designates 100 acres of university land. Investigative and development work is put into the formation of the Smartpark concept led by the VP Research Office.

1998 – Smartpark Development Corporation (SPDC) was formed to oversee the development of the Park and transition from the planning to operational stage. SPDC is a subsidiary corporation of the University of Manitoba. As a separate legal entity from the University, the first Board of Directors meeting was held on September 15, 1998. President represented by the AVP (Admin) and small staff, the Corporation has the 1982 Mandate to develop a designated 100 acres of university land as Smartpark Research & Technology Park.

1999 – Smartpark Business Plan (PDF) was drafted on April 26, 1999 creating the vision "Building a Community of Innovators" and mission of developing space for lease to research and technology companies and organizations involved in research areas that complement the University's academic and research mission. UMA Engineering performs detailed design work, and completed Conceptual Master Plan (PDF) and drawing/tender package for site servicing in October 1999.

2002 – The first building Smartpark developed on a commercial basis was 135 Innovation Drive, which was preleased and completed for occupancy November, 2002. Building #1 marked the end of the incubation phase of the 1982 investigative and development work put into the formation of the Smartpark research park concept, and also marked the beginning rapid development period of buildings and grounds of Smartpark Research & Technology Park.

2011 – SPDC assets and liabilities are transferred to the University of Manitoba into an income funded department continuing the mandate, vision and mission. The Smartpark Advisory Committee (SAC), created in 2012, is chaired by the Vice-President (Research and International) and is advisory to the V-P (Admin). The membership is represented by University administration, several Faculty Deans, external business leaders and the Province.

2019 – The Smartpark Innovation Hub is a transformative project providing fundamental change to Smartpark reaching a success threshold becoming a mature and sustainable research park. An image of success playing a key role in retaining students and researchers, in attracting tenants, talented people to work for the tenants and in building collaborative research partnerships among market, business and the university.

The new Innovation Hub consolidated the steady growth of park developments since 2002, with two core design principles: i) gathering spaces creating a destination to encourage interaction and build the community of innovators, and ii) commercialization spaces to improve the scale and quality of facilities for research and innovation for use by start-ups and tenants.

Advisory Committee

Purpose and terms of reference of the advisory committee:

  1. To oversee and advise on promotion of networking and research collaborations between the Smartpark and University communities.
  2. To provide feedback on opportunities and initiatives for the growth of the park and development of new space in the specified sectors.
  3. To be a forum for the exchange of information contributing to the success of the research park vision.


  • Dr. Mario Pinto - Vice President (Research and International)
  • Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden - Associate Vice-President (Partnerships, Knowledge Mobilization, and Innovation)
  • Ms. Raman Dhaliwal - Associate Vice-President (Administration)
  • Mr. Brian Eckhardt - CEO, InfoMagnetics Technologies Corporation
  • Ms. Joelle Foster - North Forge Technology Exchange
  • Dr. Marcia Friesen - Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Mr. Harris Liontas - CEO, Novra Technologies Incorporated
  • Dr. Brian Mark - Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Dr. Jude Uzonna - Associate Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine
  • Mr. Larry Paskaruk - Director, Property Development and Management, Smartpark
  • Dr. Martin Scanlon - Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Strategic direction

The Smartpark model supports commercialization and entrepreneurship, and encourages partnerships that will drive the creation of knowledge-based technologies, and ultimately increase the number of local start-ups. The Smartpark model works to enable a broader reach from upstream university research to downstream factories of the future, improve linkages and brand UM Research Park as a global marketing platform to the innovation ecosystem. Smartpark continues to advance its mission, its vision and its mandate toward becoming a symbol of science, innovation and advanced technology at the University and in Manitoba playing a wider role within the regional knowledge economy.


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October 1999 – Start of Phase I development was announced

November 2002 – Completion of 135 Innovation Drive, a 30,000 square foot office/computer lab multi-tenant facility

October 2003 - Completion of Cangene Corporation’s 76,000 square foot expansion of packaging, office, and warehouse space

November 2003 – Completion of 137 Innovation Drive, a 28,500 square foot office/computer lab/manufacturing multi-tenant facility

November 2004 – Completion of 78 Innovation Drive (Unit 100), a 9,000 square foot facility, the new home to IMRIS, a spin off of National Research Council – Institute for Biodiagnostics (NRC-IBD)

October 2005 - Completion of Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, a 55,000 square foot research lab facility

November 2005 - Completion of 78 Innovation Drive (Units 200 and 300), a 23,500 square foot facility for Industrial Technology Centre and Composites Innovation Centre

December 2005 - Completion of One Research Road, a 42,000 square foot multi-tenant facility for BASF Canada, DMT Development Systems Group Inc., Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council Inc., Monsanto Canada Inc., and Wolf Trax

April 2006 - Completion of Cangene Corporation's 40,000 square foot expansion of its plasma fractionation facilities

July 2006 - Monteris Medical Inc. joins Smartpark and subleases 100 - 78 Innovation Drive

October 2006 - Completion of Phase II infrastructure (roadway, water and sewer services)

January 2007 - the eureka project: Smartpark's Incubator opens

December 2008 - edna fedya, Smartpark's first restaurant opens in One Research Road


Under construction

Success stories

Smartpark clients who graduated from the park


In 2004 IMRIS moved to 9,000 square feet at Smartpark from early stage development at the NRC incubation facilities downtown Winnipeg to commercialize its Innovative Magnetic Resonance Imagining System – a fully integrated image guided therapy environment that delivers timely information to clinicians for use during surgical or interventional procedures “move the scanner not the patient”. In 2006 graduated from Smartpark to 70,000 square feet at Sony Place in Winnipeg. IMRIS is a global company with locations in Canada, USA, Europe, China and Japan.

Apptius Computers

In 2002 Apptius moved to a small office at Smartpark’s Incubator. There Apptius commercialized its IT consulting services and work flow products to private and public organizations. In 2007 Apptius graduated to 2,500 square feet of commercial premises at Smartpark as the first business incubation success story from Smartpark’s incubator.


In 2003 IDERS moved to 12,000 square feet at Smartpark to further commercialize the turnkey design and produce secure wholly novel electronic payment transaction systems for CIBC, Canada’s largest chartered bank. These systems set the standard for secure mag stripe and smartcard terminals and pinpads deployed across North America. In 2008 IDERS tuned the design and process before transitioning the design to a contract EMS provider with systems in operation in over 80 countries worldwide. IDERS is located in 18,000 square feet at Oakbank Manitoba employing 60 staff.

Composites Innovation Centre

In 2004 Composites Innovation Centre moved to 1,000 square feet at Smartpark from early stage incubation at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba to commercialize its research, development and application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries. CIC is a not-for-profit corporation that is jointly sponsored by private industry and government to support and stimulate economic growth. In 2005 CIC expanded operations at Smartpark to 5,000 square feet, and in 2011 moved to 20,000 square feet at Commerce Place in Winnipeg focusing on key sectors: aerospace, bio-materials, ground transportation, and civil infrastructure.


In 2005 BASF moved to 3,500 square feet at Smartpark. BASF Canada is dedicated to helping customers be more successful by providing intelligent system solutions and high-quality products. BASF Canada’s portfolio includes agricultural and nutrition products, chemicals, plastics, performance products, and fine chemicals. BASF moved to Lorimer Blvd in Winnipeg in 2012.

Contact us

Smartpark Research & Technology Park
Suite 421
100 Innovation Drive
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 6A8