Waterloo EDC Blog

January Wrap-Up: IP and autos

Posted by Waterloo EDC on February 1, 2021

The first month of the new year brought major investments in Ontario’s manufacturing sector, training for Waterloo companies looking to lock up their intellectual property and a new series on the unique strengths of mid-size communities.

Here are the top stories from January 2021:


Topics: automotive, R&D, industry news

In the room: a 360-degree look at Waterloo’s R&D centres

Posted by Waterloo EDC on December 8, 2020

Waterloo’s international reputation is built on tech talent and tech companies, for good reason. This is one of North America’s most exciting emerging tech hubs.

However, it is possible that our community’s greatest comparative global advantage is research. In a measure of pure research output, we compete with far larger tech hubs like Austin, Pittsburgh and Columbus. If you look at research...


Topics: manufacturing, R&D, quantum technology

Five things you should know about Conestoga College

Posted by Waterloo EDC on December 4, 2020

We like to think that Waterloo has won the post-secondary trifecta.

The University of Waterloo is Canada’s top technology university. Wilfrid Laurier University is an excellent comprehensive school with renowned business programs.

Last but not least, Conestoga College is a leading polytechnic institute that produces work-ready talent in technology, advanced manufacturing, the skilled trades and...


Topics: manufacturing, R&D, conestoga college

The making of a PPE manufacturing powerhouse

Posted by Waterloo EDC on September 21, 2020

It was clear from the start that COVID-19 was going to drive significant change. That’s what happens when the global economy is shut down.

One of the predicted changes was that supply chains would “reshore” to reduce risk in an increasingly uncertain global environment. The return of medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturing was widely expected to lead the way. It has.



Topics: manufacturing, R&D, robotics & automation

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