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Celebrating 1,000 Days of innovation and collaboration at WatSPEED 

June 4, 2024

WatSPEED, the University of Waterloo’s professional, executive, and corporate education arm, celebrates 1,000 days in operation. Read the full story.

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Governance and policymaking in the AI era

April 16, 2024 | By University Relations

WatSPEED’s new program empowers policy leaders in adopting an AI framework to address the government’s core challenges. Read the full story.

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Waterloo partners with Ontario Chamber on new AI hub

April 10, 2024 | By Media Relations

Waterloo’s WatSPEED to provide businesses with access to AI upskilling programs in new province-wide initiative. Read the full story.

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WatSPEED strikes AI pact with Ontario Chamber of Commerce

April 8, 2024 | By David George-Cosh

The University of Waterloo and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) have embarked on a ground-breaking collaboration to support the development of artificial intelligence upskilling programs. Read the full story.

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WatSPEED launches new AI program to transform Canadian health care

March 15, 2024 | By Jordan Flemming, University Relations

Collaboration with diverse health-care leaders ensures a curriculum tailored to address the sector's most pressing challenges. Read the full story.

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Unlocking the power of AI

February 7, 2024 | By Emma Pavlovich

WatSPEED’s new executive program explores opportunities to leverage AI to drive business strategy. Read the full story.

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Higher Ed’s Responsibility to Support Corporate Success

January 2, 2024

The future of higher ed lies in working in concert with industry to train, upskill, reskill, and retain employees. But institutions can only accomplish that by closely collaborating with employers to understand their needs.

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Waterloo receives recognition with QS Reimagine Education Awards

December 20, 2023 | By Namish Modi, Co-operative and Experiential Education

Both Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) and WatSPEED earned honours at the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Reimagine Education Conference Awards held in Abu Dhabi at Khalifa University. Read the full story.

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WatSPEED secures $3.1M in funding to offer high-demand skills training for Canadian workers

November 27, 2023 | By Media Relations

WatSPEED will receive $3.1 million in funding to develop intensive training to prepare people to effectively compete in the advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity sectors. Read the full story.

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Tech Horizons event enlightens business leaders

November 10, 2023 | By Media Relations

Equipping business leaders with valuable insights on how companies, governments and society are adapting to the rapid pace of technological change was front and centre at the inaugural Tech Horizons Executive Forum on Wednesday. Read the full story.

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Exploring the impact of AI in engineering

November 7, 2023 | By Emma Pavlovich

On November 2, 2023, WatSPEED joined engineering experts and innovators for the 2023 Engineering Conference, hosted by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Read the full story.

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WatSPEED underscores the power of generative AI at Big Data and AI Toronto

November 2, 2023 | By Emma Pavlovich

WatSPEED recently convened sessions aimed at educating professionals on the current and future horizons of generative AI at Big Data and AI Toronto. Read the full story.

Event on Nov. 8 to help empower executives in navigating emerging technologies

WatSPEED welcomes Microsoft as the title sponsor for Tech Horizons

October 26, 2023 | By Media Relations

Microsoft Canada has signed on as the title sponsor for WatSPEED’s upcoming Tech Horizons Executive Forum, a one-day event happening on November 8 in Toronto. Click to read the full story.

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Once in a generation opportunity

September 22, 2023

WatSPEED was invited to headline a keynote at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) 2023 Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. Click to read the full story.

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WatSPEED and CHIMA partner to elevate health information professionals in Canada

August 30, 2023

WatSPEED and CHIMA, Canada’s health information management association, are excited to announce a new partnership aimed at increasing availability of professional development for those working with health data. Click to read the full story.

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D2L and WatSPEED collaborate to future-proof workforce

July 27, 2023

D2L, a global learning technology company, and WatSPEED are partnering to help working professionals maintain a competitive edge in their careers. Click to read the full story.

Tech Horizons Executive Forum - November 8, 2023 - Toronto

WatSPEED announces tech and business event for senior executives

July 5, 2023

The Tech Horizons Executive Forum brought to you by WatSPEED is the premier platform for senior leaders seeking to thrive and stand out in the ever-evolving world of technology and business.

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How to disrupt industries using generative AI

June 27, 2023 | By Stephanie Longeway

Waterloo AI experts lead a masterclass at Collision on how business leaders can unlock the transformative potential of LLMs. Click to read the full story.

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WatSPEED hosts executive dinner to discuss trust in health data

May 11, 2023

WatSPEED hosted an executive dinner and roundtable discussion in partnership with Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC).

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WatSPEED partners with M2T Collective to explore innovative training models

April 12, 2023

WatSPEED at the University of Waterloo has partnered with M2T Collective to provide professional education opportunities for future leaders.

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ChatGPT: Keep Calm and Carry On

March 30, 2023 | By Tom Gleave and Emma Pavlovich

In the face of rapid adoption of text-based generative AI, such as ChatGPT, “keep calm and carry on” is one key message coming from Dr. Jimmy Lin, co-director of the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institute.

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WatSPEED executive director joins microcredentials forum to discuss impactful upskilling

March 8, 2023

WatSPEED executive director, Sanjeev Gill, recently spoke at eCampus Ontario’s Microcredential Forum to discuss the critical need for a partnership between industry, government, and academia to address the skills gap. Click to read the full story.

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Senior business leaders from across Canada gather to discuss building capabilities to navigate technology disruption

December 7, 2022

WatSPEED convened senior leaders from the Canadian business community to discuss how new technologies are transforming industries and economies at an increasingly rapid pace, and how to accelerate skills development. Click to read the full story.

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WatSPEED hosts technology leaders to discuss the workforce of the future

November 8, 2022

As part of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers’ (OSPE) Engineering Conference in November, WatSPEED convened an executive dinner and roundtable discussion on the importance of ongoing technological training for Canadian businesses.

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WatSPEED gathers government leaders to discuss Canada's economic growth and recovery

October 24, 2022

As part of the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) 75th anniversary conference this past September, WatSPEED convened an executive dinner and roundtable discussion on the impact of technology, training, and upskilling on workforce development in Canada.

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Waterloo ready to address cybersecurity talent gap, experts say

October 7, 2022 | By Jon Parsons, University Relations

According to a panel of academic and industry experts, Canada faces a crisis in training and retaining enough cybersecurity and privacy professionals to face increasing threats to the country’s digital infrastructure and data.

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WatSPEED executive director joins expert panel to discuss enabling a dynamic workforce

April 20, 2022

As part of a panel discussion at this year’s Waterloo Innovation Summit, Gill joined Carol Leaman, CEO, Axonify, Norah McRae, associate provost of co-operative and experiential education, Stephen Harrington, partner, human capital at Deloitte, and Esteban Veintimilla, co-founder and CEO of 1Mentor.

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Waterloo forms partnership to provide upskilling in health care analytics

March 23, 2022

WatSPEED convened Canadian business leaders to discuss how to accelerate skills development to capture the benefits of technological change within organizations.

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New partnership prepares professional engineers for digital transformation at work

January 20, 2022

WatSPEED, the Faculty of Engineering, and OSPE have collaborated to launch an innovative new professional development course designed to help engineering professionals compete in an increasingly digital landscape.

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Driving lifelong professional development with industry

August 20, 2021 | By Sanjeev Gill

Sanjeev Gill, associate vice-president, innovation and executive director, WatSPEED, discusses the University of Waterloo’s initiatives to strengthen industry connections.

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Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance partners with CPA Ontario and WatSPEED to deliver professional development courses

July 12, 2021 | By Patty Mah | School of Accounting and Finance

WatSPEED partners with Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance and CPA Ontario to deliver professional development courses for professional accountants.

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University of Waterloo launches WatSPEED to support the workforce of the future

July 6, 2021 | By Media Relations

The University of Waterloo is launching WatSPEED, a new unit that aims to transform lifelong learning and professional education to support the workforce of the future.