Researchers at CERC have been involved in different research projects with industry partners, from contracts and agreements to combined research grants. The university invests $500 M annually on research, which can be used to leverage industrial support through several programs and mechanisms.
To date, there have been over 150 startup companies that have emerged from UBC and CERC is pushing to increase that number.
UBC operates and controls its utilities. It has a fleet of over 300 vehicles and an ever growing population. For research purposes, it is a small city. The campus can be used as a living laboratory where technology and different projects can be deployed in a large scale.