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February Wrap-Up: Population, partnerships and PPE

A round-up of business and investment news stories from Waterloo, Canada in February 2021.

A slower month in terms of business news, but Waterloo was still able to celebrate its continued status as one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, the release of a new ecosystem map demonstrating the depth and breadth of our robotics and automation cluster and more.

Here are the top stories from February 2021:

Waterloo is one of Canada’s fastest growing communities

For the third year in a row, Waterloo Region was one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. What contributed to Waterloo’s exceptional growth? Who else made the list? Read our article to find out.

Canada’s largest R&A cluster is in Waterloo

With more than 90 companies working in robotics and automation, Waterloo is Canada’s largest robotics and automation cluster. This month, Waterloo EDC published a comprehensive ecosystem map that highlights the tech and manufacturing expertise the region has to offer.

New milestone achieved for rail transit access to the region

The Province of Ontario announced the completion of a major milestone in Waterloo’s GO Transit service. These efforts are contributing to a significant expansion in rail transportation between Waterloo Region and cities across southern Ontario.

Accelerator Centre welcomes new CEO

The Accelerator Centre has welcomed entrepreneur Jay Krishnan to the role of CEO. Krishnan, who worked most recently at venture firm Mantra Capital, bring years of experience as a startup founder and business acceleration supporter. Krishnan hopes to develop a more global lens for the Centre’s mission through collaboration with business communities in Waterloo and around the world.

Waterloo’s airport activity is expanding

Low-cost carrier Flair Airlines has announced plans to provide domestic flights to-and-from the Region of Waterloo International Airport, starting in May, 2021.

The Canadian Shield is recognized for their COVID-19 innovation

Waterloo-based PPE maker The Canadian Shield has once again been recognized for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally known as InkSmith, an edtech manufacturing company, Canadian Shield PPE began 3D printing face shields in March 2020 and quickly became a key figure in Canada’s fight against the pandemic.

Mapping the highest-concentration tech clusters in North America

Our newest blog series – “Mapped” – launched this month. Every few weeks, we’ll dig into location quotient data to identify North America’s highest-concentration clusters in advanced manufacturing, life sciences and more. The first edition covered technology. Which North American tech hub came out on top? Read it to find out.

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