Investing in talent made simple.

The tech sector is an increasingly vital part of economic prosperity in Waterloo Region, Ontario and Canada. The continued growth of tech will create a substantial number of new, well-paying jobs, and it also depends on the availability of workers with specific skills to fill these openings.
Communitech Academy is a trusted partner in developing talent to meet the needs of tech and tech-enabled organizations.

Programs open for registration

June 12 – Management B2B( Back to Basics) Virtual 
June 19 – Management B2B( Back to Basics) Virtual 
June 26 – Management B2B( Back to Basics) Virtual 
September 21 – Leadership FYI (Find Your Influence)
October 1 – Strong Leaders
October 14 – Leadership WTF (Where to Focus)
October 26 – UX Fundamentals
November 19 – Leadership Coaching
November 30 – Crucial Conversations

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Communitech Academy programs

Communitech Academy offers programs in three specialized learning streams: Advance Your Craft, Future of Work and Leaders of Tomorrow.
Programs can be customized for team sessions. Contact us to discuss the possibilities.

Advance Your Craft

Advance Your Craft is all about hard skills training for the tech sector. These experiential learning opportunities are designed to take your skills to the next level through formal learning, coaching and hands-on projects.

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that is accelerating the pace of change in tech like never before. AI is focused on the creation of intelligent machines that react and work like humans, including functions such as speech recognition, problem solving, and learning. It is advancing rapidly and being applied across businesses, creating efficiencies and new opportunities.
    Our one-day bootcamp provides a high-level overview of the field of AI, including an orientation on terms and historical context. We’ll help you understand what machine learning is and what common types of machine learning are, while considering a variety of applications, use cases, and benefits for business.
    After this bootcamp you will be able to compose a high-level business plan that integrates AI into an organization.
    The Academy offers a bootcamp on this topic.
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  • Blockchain

    Blockchain is technology that supports the bitcoin payment system. It provides transparency for cryptocurrency transactions, linking individuals and companies to bitcoin purchases, allowing payments to be verified and processed without needing a third-party to oversee the transaction.
    The potential uses for this technology are still being discovered by industries around the world. And companies are eager to find people with Blockchain development skills.
    The Academy offers a Career Talk video on this topic.
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  • Data Science

    Data science uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to pull insights from data. It draws from many fields including math, stats, and computer science.
    In our bootcamp, you can equip yourself with tools, knowledge and insights to help you advance your skills in data science. Take charge of analytics, leverage the power of data and solve complex business problems.
    The Academy offers a bootcamp and a Career Talk video on this topic.

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  • Digital Marketing

    Digital Marketing is a skill set that is transforming the way businesses attract, retain and grow a customer base.
    Whether you’re in a digital marketing-focused role or you’re looking to up your skills, our bootcamp is a hands-on introduction to the skills of digital marketers who use agile methodologies to iterate rapidly, test continuously and scale their innovations. You’ll learn leading-edge skills and tools by building marketing assets for a real campaign.
    The Academy offers a bootcamp and a Career Talk video on this topic.

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  • Product Management

    Successful product management provides value for customers while driving growth and revenue for organizations.

    Our two-day fundamentals program immerses you in the activities of product management, providing you with the practical tools to define, build, and launch a product using agile methodologies to iterate rapidly, test continuously and scale.

    Our immersive Product Wise program is for practicing Product Managers in the early stage of their career, who our looking for practical tools that they can immediately implement on the job.

    The Academy also offers a bootcamp, immersion program, and Career Talk video on this topic.

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  • Tech Sales

    Despite market demand, there’s little support for technology salespeople in the marketplace. We’re out to change that.
    Our two-day deep-dive into the the nuances of the sales cycle will fuel your growth in the fast-paced world of tech sales. You’ll learn that the perfect combination of the science, the art and the tools of sales is what drives success as a tech sales professional. You’ll leave better equipped to connect with your customers and successfully lead them through the full sales cycle.
    The Academy offers a bootcamp and Career Talk videos on this topic.

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Future of Work

Come play in our sandbox to build the Future of Work — we aim to help engineer high-performance organizations to compete and win globally.

  • Design Thinking

    Design Thinking was created about 20 years ago to help designers better understand their customers. Fast forward to today and Design Thinking is one of the hottest trends in design, business and technology.
    Our two-day bootcamp introduces you to the fundamentals of Design Thinking using a real world case study. You’ll experience a design thinking five step process to help you better understand the customer, uncover problems worth solving, and prototype and test possible solutions quickly. You’ll be inspired to be more customer-centric, and leave with the tools you need to build products and services that customers love.
    The Academy offers a bootcamp on this topic.

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  • User Experience (UX)

    The Interaction Design Foundation describes user experience (UX) design as “the process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users.” UX is one of the most sought after tech skills today.
    Our two-day bootcamp introduces you to the field, while learning labs help you to deepen understanding on specific aspects of UX, such as design sprints and user story mapping.
    The Academy offers a bootcamp, learning labs and Career Talk videos on this topic.

    Registration is now open for:

    • UX Fundamentals on October 26 and 27, 2020

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Leaders of Tomorrow

From new managers to strategic directors, Leaders of Tomorrow delivers enrichment programs to equip leaders with the skills and mindsets to lead their teams and organizations to reach their potential. Programs are designed to provide the right mix of practical and peer learning, and one-on-one mentorship.

  • Crucial Conversations

    Best for: People managers, Technical Leads, Project Managers, and anyone who works with cross-disciplinary teams

    Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. Whether it’s a problem with poor quality, slow time-to-market, declining customer satisfaction, or a strained relationship—whatever the issue—if you can’t talk honestly with nearly anybody about almost anything, you can expect poor results.
    Crucial Conversations is two full days and focuses on teaching skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue. Crucial Conversations are defined as a discussion between people where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong.
    Registration fees:

    Registration is now open for cohorts starting on the following dates; click on your preferred date to register:

    November 30, 2020

  • Discover Leadership

    Best for: Individuals who aspire to people leadership

    Do you want to explore what a career in people management is all about? Join Discover Leadership and learn more about what it means to be a people leader and whether leading others is right for you. We’ll help you define your path to leadership, identify your learning behaviours, tactics, skills and gaps. Join us for two illuminating sessions and we’ll support you in to determining: Should I pursue people leadership as a career?

    There are currently no scheduled cohorts of Discover Leadership open for registration: sign up to receive the Communitech Newsletter at the bottom of the page to be the first to know when registration opens.

  • Leadership Coaching

    Best for: People managers, HR teams

    For years we’ve been encouraging people leaders in our organizations to adopt a coaching approach with their teams, but what is coaching? And how do you do it effectively?

    This one-day Leadership Coaching workshop is led by the team from Essential Impact in partnership with the Communitech Academy. Learn a coach model which effectively increases the speed of trust within an organization

    Registration fees:

    Registration is now open for cohorts starting on the following dates; click on your preferred date to register:

    November 19, 2020

  • Leadership FYI

    (Find Your Influence)
    Best for: People managers, Technical Leads, Project Managers, and anyone who works with cross-disciplinary teams

    As a technical leader/product/program/project manager/person of influence/(insert your job title here) you’re expected to mentor team members and provide feedback to them. You’re called on to employ leadership traits like empathy and have tough conversations with people on your team without the benefit of an org chart to back you up. So, how do you lead when you don’t have the formal authority? How do you influence colleagues and team members? How do you get stuff done when you’re not “the boss”?

    Relationships, that’s how. It’s all about the people.

    Join us for four ½-day sessions. We’ll help you leverage your emotional intelligence, understand your spheres of influence, and work with and through others to get good work done.

    Registration fees:

    Registration is now open for cohorts starting on the following dates; click on your preferred date to register:

    September 21, 2020

  • Leadership WTF

    (Where To Focus)
    Best for: Individuals new to people leadership
    Experience: Less than 12 months of leadership experience

    New to the people-management game? We’ll help put you on the right track. Leadership WTF will introduce you to leadership models and key principles that work in the tech world. You’ll build confidence and competence, find your leadership style and develop your own personal development plan. Stop asking, “WTF?” and join us for four awesome sessions.
    Registration fees:

    Registration is now open for cohorts starting on the following dates; click on your preferred date to register:

    October 14, 2020

  • Management B2B

    (Back to Basics)
    Best for: People managers at all levels of leadership, because the basics of leadership don’t change with your title.

    Communitech Academy’s Management B2B (Back to Basics) Series supports people managers in leading their teams and tackling day-to-day challenges. At times of uncertainty, we search to find solid footing. That’s why we’re going back to basics.
    Over the course of three sessions, join the Communitech Academy as we share insights from the field of neuroscience and leadership on caring for and supporting your teams, now, and in the future.
    Registration fees:

    • Communitech member companies: $150/session
    • Non-members: $187.50/session

    *A discount is available if you’d like to attend all three sessions. Please view the details by selecting the “Learn more and register” button below.
    Registration is now open for the following sessions:

    • Building Empathy & Trust | Friday, June 12, 2020
    • Feedback | Friday, June 19, 2020
    • 1:1s and Managing Performance | Friday, June 26, 2020

    Learn more and register

  • Strong Leaders

    Best for: Individuals looking to advance their people leadership capabilities
    Experience: Two or more years of people leadership experience

    The Strong Leaders program will help you become a manager people want to work for. Through this program of practical learning and 1:1 coaching, you’ll explore goal-setting, communication, motivation, coaching and providing feedback, team dynamics, leading through change and personal productivity. On top of it all, you’ll develop a network of fellow leaders in the tech community.
    Registration fees:

    Registration is now open for cohorts starting on the following dates; click on your preferred date to register:

    Oct. 1, 2020

Breaking into Tech research

Communitech and the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University developed a research report to better understand the talent and skills components of specific in-demand careers inside Ontario tech companies, as well as the different job pathways that workers travel to enter and navigate their careers.
Download the full report
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Questions? Contact Us

Email the Communitech Academy or call 519-888-9944

Email the Communitech Academy
or call 519-888-9944