We are a partnership of business and education leaders with a vision that all Waterloo Region youth are prepared to be successful in the future workforce.
We prepare students by creating learning opportunities directly with local employers and industry professionals. Through our programs, students develop career awareness, relevant skills, and professional connections, leading to a stronger local workforce, economy, and community.
For more information, check out our most recent Impact Report.
The Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region developed from an extremely successful grant program offered through the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. Pathways to Employability, which ran from 1997 until 2000, was designed to enhance community-based learning opportunities for students. When grant funding ended, it was determined that a business-education council was the best way to continue to foster this valuable work.
A steering committee was established in March 2000 with support from the HRSDC (now ESDC). This led to the organization of a Founders' Roundtable in November 2000, which included:
All endorsed the need for a not-for-profit, professionally staffed organization (with a healthy volunteer component) patterned in the model of a Business Education Council. The momentum established at the Founders’ Roundtable was advanced by an interim board of directors which began meeting in December 2000.
Finally, the Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region was incorporated and registered as a charity in 2002. We continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of Waterloo Region.