Professional Development is now part of WatSPEED!

Moving forward, Professional Development programs will be provided through WatSPEED at the University of Waterloo. WatSPEED provides professional education designed to support the workforce of the future. By offering our programs under the WatSPEED brand, we can ensure our professional education programming equips you with the skills you need to be successful in today's marketplace.

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.

Featured courses and programs

Predictive Analytics for CPAs Certificate Program
Data Science Certificate Program
Digital Transformation Certificate - 8 week program
Data Science Certificate Program

Looking for some flexible and quick learning opportunites?

In partnership with ed2go, we offer over 120 courses to help professionals develop new skills and gain introductory knowledge in various topics.


Professional education

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

Executive programs

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.

Custom training

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
  1. Dec. 7, 2022Senior business leaders from across Canada gather to discuss building capabilities to navigate technology disruption
    CEOs together on a virtual call

    Recently, WatSPEED at the University of Waterloo convened senior leaders from the Canadian business community to discuss how new technologies are transforming industries and economies at an increasingly rapid pace, and how to accelerate skills development to capture the benefits of rapid technological change within organizations.   

  2. Nov. 8, 2022WatSPEED hosts technology leaders to discuss the workforce of the future
    Dinner guests sitting around a table together

    WatSPEED is encouraging industry leaders to better prepare for the ever-expanding technological landscape impacting today’s modern workforce. 

  3. Oct. 24, 2022WatSPEED gathers government leaders to discuss Canada's economic growth and recovery
    A room full of people having dinner

    WatSPEED is making inroads with senior government leaders to support Canada’s economic growth.

    As part of the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) 75th anniversary conference this past September, WatSPEED convened an executive dinner and roundtable discussion on the impact of technology, training, and upskilling on workforce development in Canada.

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  1. Feb. 16, 2023ChatGPT: What executives really need to know
    ChatGPT: What executives really need to know | Executive webinar

    Since the release of Open AI’s ChatGPT, the popular press has been buzzing with wild speculation about the nature and extent of the disruptions that generative AI will have on business, government, and society.

  2. Feb. 22, 2023Digital transformation: Access (and fund) your team's professional education
    Info session Digital transformation:  Access (and fund) your team's professional education

    Digital transformation is changing our jobs and organizations, so professional education is now more important than ever.

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