About CIM | Chartered Managers Canada's Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter

Chapter Overview

The Kitchener-Waterloo Region is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. CIM | Chartered Managers Canada’s presence in this region supports managers within many companies that are on the cutting edge of their respective business sectors. With the presence of Canada’s top technology and engineering university, the University of Waterloo, we combine a strong manufacturing base, an internationally-renowned tech community, and an experienced pipeline of top engineering and computer science talent to fuel growth in a number of sectors and clusters, including:

Chartered Managers Are In Demand In Kitchener-Waterloo

With many world-class business sectors in the region, and businesses that are doing cutting-edge work within them, there is always a high demand for knowledgeable and competent managers who can direct their resources effectively to produce results. CIM | Chartered Managers Canada’s members who hold a Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) or Certified in Management (C.I.M.) designations are widely recognized in the region as prime candidates for roles in their organizations.

Artificial Intelligence

Waterloo is home to more than 100 companies that are working in natural language processing, smart robotics, machine learning and human-machine interaction. Home to billion-dollar companies such as Arctic Wolf, and Faire, there is no shortage of opportunity for managers to make their mark on an industry that is paving the way to the future.

Automotive, Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

In 2016, the automotive sector in the Kitchener-Waterloo metropolitan area was ranked third in all of Canada. Since then, the area has remained a national leader in the automotive sector. Between research institutions focused on advancing the automotive industry, and the presence of a Toyota manufacturing plant in Cambridge, managers can become a part of Canada’s automotive, manufacturing, or industry 4.0 sectors.

Business & Fintech

Kitchener-Waterloo, as a part of the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, boasts the number one Fintech startup ecosystem in the world, beating out Silicon Valley, New York, London, Singapore and Beijing. This gives managers amazing opportunities to start with a smaller organization and play a significant role in their growth and success. Kitchener-Waterloo also home to larger companies working in big data, operational services, blockchain and financial services.


Kitchener-Waterloo has a world-class cybersecurity business ecosystem. The region is home to over 100 companies that work in embedded security, cryptography, risk assessment and threat detection. Most notably, the region is home to BlackBerry, a locally grown business, McAfee and Oracle NetSuite. Kitchener-Waterloo is also home to many cybersecurity research institutes such as the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute.

Food and Beverage

The Kitchener-Waterloo region has a diverse food processing sector that includes almost 1,400 farms and more than 130 food manufacturing companies including PepsiCo, and homegrown companies such as Piller’s Fine Foods & Weston Foods. There are also many food & beverage research institutions that are in need of competent managers to direct their endeavours.

Quantum Technology

Kitchener-Waterloo is also known to some as “Quantum Valley.” The region is a world leader in developing quantum technologies such as quantum computing, communication, security and sensing. Organizations in the regions have generated more than $1.5 billion in public and private investment over the past 20 years which has fueled astronomical growth in the quantum theory, experimentation and commercialization centres in the region. Managers who are interested in contributing to the evolution of technology will have plenty of opportunity in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter Education Partnerships

CIM | Chartered Managers Canada values education that empowers students to develop their skills and grow into confident and competent managers and business leaders. The Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter in has specifically partnered with a number of post-secondary institutions in the Golden Horseshoe area to ensure that they offer programs that meet the requirements of the Chartered Manager Program (CMP) so students can become eligible for our management designations upon completing their program. If you are looking at post-secondary programs in the Kitchener-Waterloo area to advance your career in management, consider these programs to help you obtain our C.I.M. and C.Mgr. designations.

Join CIM | Chartered Managers Canada's Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter Today

Join the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter of CIM | Chartered Managers Canada to become a part of a prestigious group of business leaders. Kitchener-Waterloo has no shortage of opportunity for managers to make their mark, and CIM | Chartered Managers Canada will help you stand out amongst the rich talent pool that calls this region home. Joining as a CIM member will give you access to a wide network of management professionals, management and leadership resources like white papers, case studies and thought leadership pieces, our exclusive on-demand portal ManagementDirect, and give you the ability to hold our prestigious management designations. If you’re ready to get noticed and recognized internationally as a true business leader, then join CIM | Chartered Managers Canada today!

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Contact Information

Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter
16 Westforest Trail
Kitchener, ON N2N 3A6
Email: kitchenerwaterloo@cim.ca

Chapter Committee Members

Chapter Chair - Donna Schwartzentruber, C.I.M., C.Mgr.

Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter is pleased to welcome members in the following categories:

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