In a nutshell
Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs who came together to help one another build successful companies to help ensure the future prosperity of Canada. They created an organization to support the entire “Community of Tech” and gave us a mission to help companies start, grow and succeed.
We’re still doing it, by:
- providing coaching and advisory services for new entrepreneurs;
- offering training and skills development programs for people working in tech-driven companies—in everything from sales, marketing, user experience design and data analytics;
- helping companies make meaningful connections to talent, investors, customers, and partners through our networks around the world;
- advocating for public policy and a business environment that supports the rapid growth and success of technology and tech-driven firms in Canada; and
- building a strong brand for Waterloo Region and Canada.
While we’re headquartered in Waterloo Region, our goal is to help grow companies that will create jobs and prosperity for Canada.
Formed with a big idea, built on the strength of Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region’s founders had a strong tradition of coming together to get big jobs done quickly (and well.) As an inland settlement of mostly German-speakers living outside the cultural mainstream, the community had to be self-reliant and innovative.
Their entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative work ethic created countless innovations and inventions over the course of our history. Waterloo Region has made everything from buttons and whisky to tires and furniture to life insurance and the smartphone. This ability to reinvent itself has helped the community adapt to change and weather economic uncertainty.
Communitech was invented when a group of tech executives came together to help one another build strong tech businesses in response to a manufacturing downturn. What began as a breakfast peer group became a “Community of Tech” when those 43 entrepreneurs founded an organization to work on their collective behalf.
Today, Communitech is an innovation hub that supports more than 1,600 companies, from startups to scale-ups and large, global players. And Waterloo Region has all the right ingredients of a Top 5 global innovation ecosystem: a healthy startup pipeline; rapidly scaling firms; enterprise-level investors and partners; world-class talent; and strong connections to international markets.
Communitech helps tech-driven companies start, grow and succeed.
- Our mission since 1997 -
Our mission is what drives us, and our five values are what shape how we do our jobs.
Colour outside the lines
Encourage fearless creativity and broad thinking.
Get s#!t done together
Work collaboratively across the team to execute and achieve our mission.
Do the right thing
Act with honour, integrity and empathy. We work in the best interest of our customers.
Be a champion
Cooperatively work to elevate our industry, region, nation and organization.
Go for the gusto
Inject energy and enthusiasm in every relationship and interaction. Celebrate lots!
Our guiding principles
We work closely with a lot of people, from customers, investors and partners to team members and the broader community—all of whom have placed their trust in us to deliver value and do right by them. We are committed to earning this trust day in and day out. We treat each other with respect, integrity and transparency, and provide a safe avenue to raise concerns confidentially at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To our customers:
We commit to working hard to understand their problems, deliver timely solutions, amplify their wins and advocate for public policy that helps them succeed.
To our public and private investors
We commit to delivering strong return on investment by helping companies create jobs and grow revenue, and by working to make Waterloo Region the best place anywhere to start and grow a tech-driven company.
To our partners
Universities and colleges, municipalities, government departments and sister organizations—we commit to working collaboratively, diligently and in good faith to align our efforts and achieve our mutual goals.
To our team members
We commit to providing a diverse, dynamic, inclusive and fun place to work, where people can find their calling, achieve greatness and belong to an important movement.
To our community
We commit to doing our part to make Waterloo Region a better place to live, by supporting a vibrant arts and culture scene, advocating for quality health care and rolling up our sleeves to help those in need.
We will never stop fostering an inclusive and anti-racist environment to create a place, and the space where everyone is free to be their whole selves. Our commitment to building a community rooted in diversity, inclusion and equity will never waiver. And it will mean listening and learning as we go.
Tech for Good®
At Communitech, you can expect to hear the phrase “Tech for Good” a lot. It’s something that we’re more than serious about, something that’s more than just a part of our mission statement or cultural mantra.
What does it mean? Well, there’s no denying that technology has an impact on all aspects of life, the environment, and all sectors, all organizations and all peoples. We believe that all organizations that create and use technology must do so with intent for the good of humanity and of the planet that sustains us.
In 2018, at Communitech’s True North Festival, we developed and published the Tech for Good Declaration alongside the Rideau Hall Foundation as well as the Governor General of Canada. This is a living declaration built to create an ongoing dialogue between all Canadians about the meaning of Tech for Good, a set of guiding principles that all aspiring organizations can follow to create and use technology for the good of humanity and of the planet that sustains us.
Being committed to Tech for Good is an unofficial prerequisite for Communitech membership. Companies joining our innovation ecosystem must share in our steadfast commitment and be prepared to work alongside our expert growth coaches and leadership team to ensure that their tech continues to uphold the principles outlined within the Tech for Good declaration.
We have an amazing team at Communitech. We all pull together and each member brings to the table unique strengths and specialties. Our strategy is guided by our mission, values and guiding principles, and led by our senior leadership team and Board of Directors.
President & CEO
Chief Customer Officer
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Financial Officer
VP, Talent, Academy & Future of Work
VP, Marketing & Events
We love our community
We love our community. We encourage our team to give back and play a part in making Waterloo Region and Canada a better place for all.
Want to make an impact in our community, but not sure where to start?
Our Giving Guide is an evergreen resource to find the right partnership for you. Check out some immediate volunteer and philanthropic opportunities and reach out to the organizations that appeal to you.