David Johnston Research + Technology Park

Carol Stewart

The David Johnston Research + Technology Park (R+T) Park is one of the largest research parks in Canada and is uniquely located on the University of Waterloo's North Campus. Designed to accommodate 1.2 million square feet of office space on 120-acres (49 hectares), the Research Park houses thousands of ICT industry researchers, and technology jobs. The Research Park has generated an economic impact of $602 million in spending, $428 million in GDP, and $319 million in labour.

The cornerstone of the park is the Accelerator Centre (AC) which is a world-renowned, award-winning centre for the cultivation of technology entrepreneurship located at the gateway of the R+T Park in Waterloo, Ontario. The Accelerator Centre has graduated over 30 companies from their Accelerator Program , and has been ranked 9/10 for overall experience by their clients. Today the park is home to 50+ companies and almost 3,500 knowledge workers.


In this issue of Watch, we tackle the difficult issue of cybercrime and cybersecurity head on, looking at the role the Waterloo Region will play in helping the world build more secure technologies and protect individuals working, communicating, and exchanging information online.

Within this community we are proudly fostering a growing cluster of expertise centered on the field of cybersecurity, that incorporates elements of academia, technology, business and thought leadership.

The University of Waterloo, world recognized for its engineering and mathematics programs, contributes internationally recognized expertise in cryptography, actuarial science, and Quantum computing. Within our start-up community we have a growing number of companies focused on solving key security issues such as data communication in the cloud and secure authentication. And with the new Canadian Centre for Cyber Risk Management (C3RM) we are developing a platform for knowledge exchange, the cultivation of cyber best practices, and thought leadership on issues regarding online privacy, security governance, and safe conduct of individuals and businesses online.

So while cybercrime presents very real risk to each and every one of us, I take some personal solace in knowing that our community is stepping up to the plate. With all we have to offer, and the depth of our expertise, Waterloo Region has a tremendous opportunity to take significant leadership role in making our world online a safer place to be.