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The spirit of vanguard lives in Waterloo Region.

It’s here you will discover a Region of barn raisers and innovators – pioneers from diverse fields who are on the leading edge of technology, sustainability, research, creativity and collaboration.

It’s this spirit of vanguard that makes Waterloo Region an amazing place to live and work. Known for its innovative spirit, first-rate facilities, and vibrant communities, Waterloo Region offers a multitude of opportunities for visitors, businesses and sports organizations.

Why Waterloo Region?

The Vanguard Collection features interviews with notable local thought leaders who answer the question “Why Waterloo Region?”
By sharing their experiences and perspectives, the diverse leaders featured in the Vanguard Collection explain why they chose Waterloo Region, and why this vibrant community continues to invent the future.

Let Waterloo Region inspire you.

The Vanguard Collection

Malcolm Gladwell – Author, Journalist & Public Speaker
Chris Woodcroft – High Performance Director, Wrestling Canada Lutte
Dorothy McCabe – Mayor, City of Waterloo
Tova Davidson – Executive Director, Sustainable Waterloo Region
David Edgar – Former National Soccer Team Player
Eric Traplin – Children’s Entertainer & Musician
Mike Morrice – Green Party MP, Kitchener Centre
David Schooley – Owner, KW Titans of the Basketball Super League (BSL)
Jay Krishnan – CEO, Accelerator Centre
Ken Silva – Esports Industry Professional and Strategic Leader
Berry Vrbanovic – Mayor, City of Kitchener
Mandy Bujold – Former Olympic Boxer
Paul Parker – Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo (Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics)
Nick Benninger – Local Chef and Culinary Entrepreneur
Darryl Fletcher – Owner/Operator, Chef D Catering and Events
Mike McKenzie – General Manager, Kitchener Rangers
Jason Thistlethwaite – Professor, University of Waterloo (School of Environment, Enterprise and Development)
Alex Cruikshank – Eports Shoutcaster
Kevan Marshall – Climate & Energy Transition, Region of Waterloo
Jackie Yi – Esports Athlete
Angela Onuora – Filmmaker & Entrepreneur
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