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.
I am a believer in momentum.
Lance Armstrong (1971 -) Seven-time Tour de France championCancer survivor
Aerospace & Defence
Revenues $130 billion
GDP (2004)*$57.0 billion
Share of GDP5.4%
R&D (2004 Intentions)$5.0 billion
Share of private sector R&D40%
Scientific citations are very concentrated
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the world has ever known
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
More than 400
Our tech companies are independent, entrepreneurial and home-grown
Tech leaders project
25% revenue growth
It’s all about growth
Growth of tech firms 2004-2007
Diversity across Waterloo Region
13% Advanced Mfg
11% Life Sciences
advanced manufacturing, &
venture ratio &
a red hot
This is an increasingly fascinating region… I’ll just say this… watch it grow…
Paul Wells, Macleans magazine
What does Communitech do?
the strategic rallying point for the Waterloo Region tech sector.
Start-ups: Entrepreneurial programming
Small to medium: Commercialization
Medium to large:Exporting focus/Public Policy
All: Talent recruitment
Advocacy & promotion Enterprise
Intensification of workforce development demand
Specific key roles,
No dedicated HR
Rapid growth, diverse positions
Internal Retention, Churn
Coop & Campus Career Fairs
Curricula for HR
TechVibe, Boomerang & cooperative recruiting events,
Waterlootechjobs.com, Relocation Guide
Referral Programs (Spousal, Displacement)
3rd Party Recruiters (Workopolis, Monster)
Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network
Canada Day in Silicon Valley
Business and Education Partnership
of Waterloo Region
Titan Corporate Partner Speaker Series
- TechWorking Breakfasts
ROI of Communitech Membership
What is the top Communitech Membership benefit?
Networking is, far and away, the top Communitech Member benefit
Rating Communitech’s overall performance in 2005/2006:
89% believe Communitech does a great job
How likely would you recommend Communitech Membership to other business?
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)
Communitech: Waterloo Region Technology Association