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Wat up? WatITis. I am a believer in momentum . Lance Armstrong (1971 -) Seven-time Tour de France champion Cancer survivor. “. ”. Tech matters. Revenues ($ billion). GDP ($ billion). R&D ($ billion). Exports ($ billion). Employment (000’s). ICT. 130. 57.0. 5.2.

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Wat up watitis

Wat up?WatITis


Wat up watitis

I am a believer in momentum.

Lance Armstrong (1971 -) Seven-time Tour de France championCancer survivor


Tech matters

Tech matters

Revenues

($ billion)

GDP

($ billion)

R&D

($ billion)

Exports

($ billion)

Employment

(000’s)

ICT

130

57.0

5.2

28.1

565.4

Aerospace & Defence

22.0

9.2

1.0

16.6

79.0

Automotive*

118.6

19.4

0.3

90.9

331.4

Revenues $130 billion

Employment565,900

GDP (2004)*$57.0 billion

Share of GDP5.4%

R&D (2004 Intentions)$5.0 billion

Share of private sector R&D40%


Why matter the world is flat evening light emissions are spreading

Why matter? The world is Flat…Evening light emissions are spreading


But the spread of global innovation relevance is not flattening

But the spread of Global Innovation Relevance is not “Flattening”

Scientific citations are very concentrated


But has so much more potential

But has so much more potential…


Success is

Success is…

Culture

Brains

Money

  • Capturing disruptive IP and “productizing” it

  • Creating new ventures – start and grow companies

  • Supporting R&D, Entrepreneurs, & risk-taking behavior

  • Results

  • Demand-based, outward-focused innovation

  • Increased Speed

  • Improved Scope

  • Scalability

  • Multi-dimensional innovation

New

Approach

=

=

Resources/Networks


Some of the best and brightest

Some of the best and brightest…

COM DEV

Space Components

Open Text

Document Management

Unitron Hearing Aids

DALSA Cameras

RIM

BlackBerryTM

Christie Digital

Projectors

the world has ever known


Wat up watitis

Waterloo Region is chockablock with tech. It crawls with many successful and serial entrepreneurs. What makes Waterloo Region tick, and what can the rest of us learn from it?

Leaders should look under the skin at Waterloo Region, a case study for the world of tomorrow.

David Ticoll, The Globe and Mail


Welcome to our tech neighbourhood

Welcome to our tech neighbourhood

More than 400

tech firms…


So what do we know

So what do we know?

Our tech companies are independent, entrepreneurial and home-grown

Serial entrepreneurs


So what do we know1

So what do we know?

Tech leaders project

25% revenue growth

It’s all about growth


We re growing more tech firms

We’re growing: more tech firms

Growth of tech firms 2004-2007


Wat up watitis

Diversity across Waterloo Region

62% ICT

14% R&D

13% Advanced Mfg

11% Life Sciences

38% Waterloo

22% Kitchener

21% Cambridge

19% Guelph


Waterloo region tech bytes

Waterloo Region tech bytes

  • ½ million people

  • 274,000 labour force

  • Diverse, quality-oriented

  • Manufacturing, tech, financial,

    advanced manufacturing, &

    commercial services

  • Strong cultural and historic roots

  • $12 billion revenue tech sector


Well we re making magic

Well, we’re making magic

Tech Directory

Incredible invested

venture ratio &

a red hot

acquisition market

In-depth Tech

Cluster study


We re making headlines

We’re making headlines


Wat up watitis

This is an increasingly fascinating region… I’ll just say this… watch it grow…

Paul Wells, Macleans magazine


What does communitech do

What does Communitech do?


Communitech is

Communitech is…

the strategic rallying point for the Waterloo Region tech sector.

  • Lead on critical issues

  • Connect people, ideas and resources

  • Promote opportunities


What we do

What we do

Vision

  • Communitech is an industry led organization dedicated to developing the Waterloo Region into a Tier-One tech cluster in North America

    Mission

  • We help tech companies start, grow and succeed


Enterprise level focus

Enterprise level focus

Start-ups: Entrepreneurial programming

Small to medium: Commercialization

Medium to large:Exporting focus/Public Policy

All: Talent recruitment

Workforce development

Advocacy & promotion Enterprise


What we do1

What we do

  • Workforce development programs

  • Industry education programs

  • Entrepreneurial venture support programs

  • Special events

  • Communication programs

  • Public policy & advocacy

  • Forge vital partnerships


A life cycle of workforce development

A life cycle of workforce development

College/

University

Students

Start-up/

Commercialization/

Entrepreneur

Small-Medium

Enterprises

(SMEs)

Secondary

Students

Medium Firms

Large Firms

Intensification of workforce development demand

Career

Exploration

In STEM

Coop

placements,

Recent Grads

High needs,

Specific key roles,

No dedicated HR

Rapid growth, diverse positions

Key executives

Internal Retention, Churn

Communitech Initiatives

Coop & Campus Career Fairs

Recruiting, Retention

Curricula for HR

Professionals

HR Net

Target: Alumni,

Canadian Expats,

Immigrants

Advocacy

TechVibe, Boomerang & cooperative recruiting events,

Waterlootechjobs.com, Relocation Guide

Referral Programs (Spousal, Displacement)

3rd Party Recruiters (Workopolis, Monster)

Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network

BEP

Programs

Alumni/

Career

Services

Liaison


Wat up watitis

Canada Day in Silicon Valley

Recruit! Recruit!


Attracting and retaining the best and brightest

Attracting and retaining the best and brightest


Wat up watitis

Business and Education Partnership

of Waterloo Region


Monthly events

Monthly events

Titan Corporate Partner Speaker Series

- TechWorking Breakfasts

  • Best Practice workshops – Chasm Group, Pragmatic Marketing, Gazelles Inc, TopGrading


Peer2peer groups

Peer2Peer groups

  • CEO, IT, Finance, Marketing, Sales, etc, etc.

  • Over 25 on a monthly basis


Special events

Special events

  • Tech Leadership Conference

  • Entrepreneur Week

  • CEO Dinner

  • Golf Tournament

  • Communitech Connect: New and Renewing Members

  • Business & Education Partnership events

  • Annual General Meeting


Entrepreneur and venture services

Entrepreneur and Venture Services

  • Business Advisory Services

  • Investment Readiness

  • WatStart -- www.watstart.com

  • ViaTech & BarCamps

  • Executives in Residence

    • Carol Leaman

    • Ron Neumann


Communications and promotion

Communications and promotion

  • Eblast – weekly communications to 4000+

  • Communitech.ca

  • Annual Listening Survey & focus groups

  • The Record monthly advertising campaign

  • Tech from the Top – the 570News Communitech Minute

  • Media releases, news articles, editorials

  • Publications

  • Communitech Wall of Heroes


Public policy advocacy

Public policy & advocacy

  • Commercialization funding

  • Homeland security & US policy

  • Open doors for technology companies looking/needing to access government programs:

    • Employer Health Tax

    • Property Tax

    • Employment Standards Act


Vital partnerships

Vital partnerships

Government

Business Associations


Vital partnerships1

Vital partnerships

Innovation orgs

Education

Research/

Commercialization


Roi of communitech membership

ROI of Communitech Membership


Our members tell us

Our Members tell us

What is the top Communitech Membership benefit?

Networking is, far and away, the top Communitech Member benefit


Our members tell us1

Our Members tell us

Rating Communitech’s overall performance in 2005/2006:

89% believe Communitech does a great job

50% said

Communitech’s

performance has

continually improved


Our members tell us2

Our Members tell us

How likely would you recommend Communitech Membership to other business?


Things you can do right now

Things you can do right now

  • RSVP for upcoming Communitech events you won’t want to miss at communitech.ca

  • Get a free breakfast on December 12th -- and every month

  • Signup for the Tech Conference on May 1st.

  • Post a job on waterlootechjobs.com and peruse job candidate profiles

  • Sign up for Peer2Peer groups – more than 25 professional groups to choose from

  • Come out the CIO Conference for IS/IT teams on February 27th

  • Tell your friends about getting involved with Communitech

  • Call us! If there is anything we can do to help!


Wat up watitis

Waterloo Region is a powerful magnet for the world’s finest technical and entrepreneurial talent.

Our best days -- are still ahead of us.

Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO and Founder,

Research In Motion (RIM)


Thanks

Thanks!

Communitech: Waterloo Region Technology Association

Iain Klugman

519-888-9944 tel

www.communitech.ca


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