A grassRoots history of the early hi-tech community in Kitchener-Waterloo
Kevin Stumpf will present "anecdotal history of the early technological community in KW from 1920 to 1990". He writes:
Given the odd state of RIM (founded and based in Waterloo) it's too easy to project an odd mood over KW, but even though the situation is critical and its effects have so far been devastating, the more you know about KW you'll appreciate its resilience and see how easy it can be to visualize a healthy post-big-RIM local economy.
Imagine a workforce with a collective experience of several generations working in hi-tech? Bear in mind too that this workforce isn't just techies. It includes everyone -- clerical, administrators, and investors -- all who have been exposed to growing hi-tech business since birth. Companies grow and shrink, come and go, but people remain so there is good news for KW, as well as communities anywhere that have incubated hi-tech companies.
(Abstract excerpted from: http://www.techvibes.com/blog/kitchener-waterloo-was-a-hi-tech-hub-long-before-rim-arrived-2012-09-05)