WGSI – a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo – is a successful example of how two organizations can combine their strengths to work towards a better future powered by the sun and less dependent on diminishing resources. With regards to the development of solar panel technology and other sustainable sources of energy, collaboration like this is essential. Solar energy will only be fully harnessed, and distributed throughout the globe, if we all work together. In forming WGSI, these two organizations are building upon a history of collaboration that has already given rise to the pioneering University of Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing and the distinguished Perimeter Scholars International program.
At the launch of WGSI, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, then President of the University of Waterloo, and also the official Patron of the Energy 2030 Summit, said, “The growing complexities of our world require exceptionally clear thinking if we are to grow the knowledge economy… Taking a long term view is critical to spotting opportunities early in order to identify and sustain responsible social and economic development.”
At that same time, Neil Turok, Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, said, “Science and technology will be vital to our future. WGSI will help with identifying key challenges and opportunities, thereby ensuring the best possible decisions are taken.”
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, then President of the University of Waterloo at the opening ceremony of Energy 2030.