Governor General and former University of Waterloo president David Johnston often spoke of the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Waterloo Region. People always wanted to know the secret to Waterloo’s success, they would ask him: “What’s in the water at Waterloo?”.
The answer, as I have now uncovered, is Speedos.
With the London 2012 Games opening, it seemed appropriate to look at the Olympic connections to this Region and one such connection is the Speedo. Speedo’s LZR Racer suits worn by many athletes in 2008 Games in China were designed by a team that included ANSYS Inc., a company right here in Waterloo. ANSYS, a simulation software design firm, uses computational fluid dynamics to improve the performance of swimmers and their suits, goggles and caps. At the Beijing games, 89% of medal winning athletes were wearing ANSYS developed suits.
The local content doesn’t end there. The successes of Waterloo Region athletes will be tracked by The Record’s London Calling blog. Other Waterloo Region connections to the Olympics include coaches, therapists and trainers. This region can be assured it will be well represented on sports global stage.
… Of course, Waterloo Region is always well represented on the global stage by its international marketing and business attraction agency: Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc.