This spring marks a significant milestone for WatSPEED, the University of Waterloo’s professional, executive and corporate education arm, as the team celebrates 1,000 days in operation.  

WatSPEED's journey over the past 1,000 days includes the launch of flagship courses in generative AI, data science and machine learning, as well as enhanced partnerships and impactful events that support the unit's commitment to equipping Canadians with essential skills to navigate the evolving workforce.  

“Since our inception, our mission at WatSPEED was to be a catalyst for change, fostering excellence in professional and executive education and building robust partnerships across industry, government, and academia,” says Sanjeev Gill, associate vice-president, Innovation and executive director, WatSPEED at the University. “We’ve come a long way since our first 1,000 days, working with every faculty in some capacity, and many support units, and I’m very grateful to our entire campus community for these collaborations.”  

Since its inception, WatSPEED has tapped into the innovative spirit of Waterloo’s expert faculty and academic support units and worked with industry and government to propel the development and delivery of transformative programs at the intersection of technology and business. These partnerships have created unique learning opportunities that reinforce an innovative approach to delivering high-quality, timely and relevant education.  

Looking ahead, WatSPEED sets its sights on strengthening industry partnerships, broadening its reach and continuing to refine and expand its offerings to support the workforce. The next 1,000 days will also support Waterloo's strategic initiatives to bolster the University’s impact both locally and globally.   

As business and society advance at break-neck speed, WatSPEED remains dedicated to developing and delivering impactful education that helps professionals, organizations and executives effectively outpace disruption.