Waterloo EDC Blog

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, talent, site selection, R&D

Three key findings: Waterloo vs. Europe’s tech hubs

Posted by Waterloo EDC on September 15, 2020

We’ve compared Waterloo’s dynamic tech ecosystem and the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor to our American counterparts in the past. Whether it’s talent, costs or ecosystems, we’re exceptionally competitive.

What we haven’t done – until now – is compare Waterloo to our friends in Europe.

The reason is simple: it isn’t always easy to find equivalent data. However, we recently obtained new data...


Topics: technology, talent, site selection

Odyssey Interactive puts Canada's two-week visa program to the test

Posted by Waterloo EDC on September 10, 2020

Good things can happen quickly.

Just a few weeks ago, gaming startup Odyssey Interactive announced plans to open a brand-new studio in Waterloo. What we didn’t report was that the company came together at record speed.

In February, the company’s initial founder – Richard Henkel – moved to Canada. In March, he had calls with venture capitalists who might consider investing in his team’s vision...


Topics: technology, startup, talent

What kind of office/industrial space does my company need?

Posted by Waterloo EDC on September 3, 2020

This is the ninth part in our "Guide to Foreign Business Expansion" series tackling the 12 questions every business needs to ask. Download the full guide now.

A major step to consider when developing an expansion strategy is assessing the size and type of work/office/industrial space needed. Remember, not every expansion requires the creation of a full-scale office or manufacturing facility....


Topics: talent, business, site selection, Q&A

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