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Blakes moves into Kitchener innovation hub

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 1:16 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP has claimed space in the Catalyst137 innovation hub in Kitchener, Ont.

Catalyst137 describes itself as a “475,000-square-foot space purpose-built for makers.” Essentially, it is a hub for technology startups specializing in the Internet of Things (IoT) development. In addition to office space, it provides support infrastructure such as a testing facility and commercialization services.

Blakes has arranged for a 1,000-square-foot meeting and collaboration space which will be used for formal and informal meetings and collaboration sessions with clients and contacts in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. It is expected that Blakes’ Nitro team — its division dedicated to offering legal services to technology startups — will make use of the space. 

“Blakes is committed to delivering exceptional service to all our clients. That starts with understanding their business,” said Brett Slaney, a patent agent and partner at Blakes.

“Blakes has worked with clients in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech community for many years. With the increased activity in the region’s startup ecosystem, opening new space and having a presence on the ground just made sense.

“The new space allows us to conveniently service our existing clients, and develop deeper roots in the community keeping us on the cutting-edge of the tech scene. As the world’s largest Internet of Things manufacturing space, Catalyst137 offers a great location for us to do this.”