Thrive through change

WatSPEED provides professional education designed to support the workforce of the future. Programs enable industry professionals to keep pace with emerging technologies and understand their impact on businesses, economies, the environment, and societies. Waterloo is at the forefront of a new approach to lifelong learning, helping the leaders of today and tomorrow navigate an ever-changing environment.  

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Designed for professionals looking to stay strong and competitive in their careers, WatSPEED professional development delivers training on leading edge business practices, disruptive technologies and essential job skills.                                                  

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WatSPEED executive programs equip leaders to transform, compete and thrive, while driving real-world impact in a rapidly shifting technology landscape. Our applied learning and discovery process incorporates cutting edge technology and creates direct personal and business value.

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WatSPEED custom training delivers the expertise and forward-thinking approach today’s organizations need to futureproof their workforce and keep pace with technology while innovating smarter and faster.




Experiential, real-world learning

Flexible, accessible learning options for working professionals

Intersected skills at the crossroads of business and technology

World-class faculty

Deep industry expertise

“The world is changing quickly. Executives who were trained years ago may not have the skill sets to function in today's world. That's why I'm a big fan of WatSPEED; we have skills within the university that society needs to keep moving forward.”-Steve Fortin, WatSPEED partner and director, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo


Fall 2021

Predictive Analytics for CPAs

Developed in partnership with CPA Ontario and Waterloo's School of Accounting and Finance, this certificate program allows CPAs to work comfortably and confidently with predictive analytics. 

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Instructor Nancy Vanden Bosch
Stan Laiken Teaching Fellow, Associate Director Academic Programs
Instructor Theo Stratopoulos
PwC Chair, Associate Professor

  1. Aug. 20, 2021Driving lifelong professional development with industry
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    The value of partnerships between universities and industry

    The value of strong partnerships between universities and industry has become increasingly important. Sanjeev Gill, associate vice-president innovation and acting executive director, WatSPEED, discusses some of the University of Waterloo’s initiatives to strengthen these connections—such as professional development, microcredentials, research parternships, co-operative education, and more—and the value that both parties gain from these deepening relationships.

  2. July 12, 2021Delivering lifelong learning
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    Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance partners with CPA Ontario and WatSPEED to deliver professional development courses 

    By Patty Mah, School of Accounting and Finance

    Current and future professionals are not only required to have the skills and knowledge to work within an ever-changing, technology-driven future, but to also adapt effectively to a potentially ongoing virtual environment as the world continues to grapple with our current global pandemic.  

  3. July 6, 2021University of Waterloo launches WatSPEED to support the workforce of the future
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    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.  

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