Technology innovation from discovery to delivery

Cluster Description

The Waterloo Region (just over an hour's drive from downtown Toronto) is the birthplace of buttons, Blackberry, rubber boots, BIC pens, and the recycling blue box, a region that has a strong history of innovation. The region has birthed eight of the largest tech companies in Canada, has the largest engineering school in Canada, the second highest startup density on the planet, the largest concentration of quantum researchers in the world, and the sixth highest invested VCs in the world (per capita). 

Why you should attend

This experience will show you how the Waterloo Region is home to every stage of innovation, from discovery to delivery, drawing from the region's Mennonite roots that feed into a culture of innovation and collaboration. 


07:00 AM
Gather in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel Toronto

07:15-09:00 AM
Board a coach bus and head to the Perimeter Institute, a leading centre for scientific research, training, and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics.

09:00-09:30 AM
At the Perimeter Institute, learn about how they achieve their mission to advance the understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform the future.

09:30-09:45 AM
Travel to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, created 15 years ago through the vision and investment of Blackberry's founder Mike Lazaridis. 

09:45-10:15 AM
At the IQC, learn how the Institute that harnesses quantum laws of nature in order to develop powerful new technologies and drive future economies.

10:15-10:30 AM
Travel to Google Canada's engineering headquarters in the Breithaupt Block, a former rubber manufacturing facility that takes up a full city block. 

10:30-11:00 AM
Tour Google Canada's engineering headquarters where more than 400 engineers work on hardware and software Google products. 

11:00-11:15 AM
Travel to Communitech, a public-private innovation hub founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1997 that now supports a community of more than 1,400 innovation companies.

11:15-11:45 AM
Hear from a company that is scaling up its operations (company TBC).

Tour the Communitech Hub, an +80,000 square foot facility that forms an ecosystem of key players from startups to government agencies, accelerators (Velocity), and incubators. Have lunch with fellow delegates in the Communitech cafeteria and participate in a mini-charrette. 

01:45-03:30 PM
Travel back to the Chelsea Hotel Toronto and Rotman School of Management.

Meet your Organizer

Communitech is a public-private innovation hub founded by a group of entrepreneurs in 1997 that now supports a community of more than 1,400 innovation companies. We help tech companies start, grow and succeed. That’s our mission, our mantra, our reason for being. Everything we do ties back to collaboration and  helping others—values that run deep in our organization.


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