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Communitech

June 12, 2006 16:22 ET

'Get a Life in Waterloo Region!' June 22nd Tech Recruiting Event-RIM, MKS, Desire2Learn and Waterloo Region Tech Firms Recruiting Talent On-Site in Ottawa

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 12, 2006) -

ATTN: Business Editors

Aggressively thirsty for top talent, tech firms from Waterloo Region, Ontario Canada will be recruiting on-site June 22nd at Brookstreet, Ottawa's premier destination. It's a bold manoeuvre designed to poach away Ottawa's best and brightest with the promise of a better life in Waterloo Region.

Waterloo Region-based companies are looking to fill positions anywhere from a few key executive positions to hundreds of other jobs across the tech workforce spectrum including engineers, lab technicians and information technology workers, as well as sales/marketing people, seasoned managers and tech executives.

"Key positions such as ASIC designers and RFID engineers are in particularly high demand," says Iain Klugman, president, Communitech: Waterloo Region Technology Association, "we just can't fill the funnel fast enough to match the demands of our local tech industry. Waterloo Region needs skilled people, and we're coming to get them."

Waterloo Region firms need people to fill more than 2,000 positions - jobs at Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM), maker of the world-famous Blackberry, make up almost half that demand. Canada's most famous tech startup and tech giant has deep roots in Waterloo Region, already employing in excess of 3,000 tech workers here.

Rapid expansion at MKS (TSX:MKX) has fuelled the company's focus on creative workplace, designed to make employees happy and productive. Dress code is casual, work hours are flexible and benefits are excellent. It all contributes to employees' pride and enthusiasm in the innovative enterprise software technology they work hard on every day.

In just a few short years, Desire2Learn (D2L) has tripled its employment to more than 120 people, and all but outgrown its swanky revitalized warehouse loft downtown. If you go by what employees say, D2L sounds like a place we'd all like to work at. "Team energy", "friendly coworkers", "office dogs", and having fun every day -- whether it's trying to overcome a technical barrier or taking time to celebrate someone's birthday -- are all part of life at D2L. Talented employees get to own the product they develop and really get to show their talent while helping millions of students worldwide. The energy is intense, but the work is flexible and focused on results, not the clock.

A "waterlootechjobs.com" job portal is a joint initiative of Communitech and Waterloo Region tech firms who need skilled people, with jobs posted by RIM, MKS, D2L and including Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Open Text (TSX:OTC), DALSA (TSX:DSA), COM DEV International (TSX:CDV), Sandvine (AIM:SAND) and McAfee (Nasdaq:MFE) and a host of others.

Waterloo Region's notoriety as a rising tech centre to watch has leaped to the fore as a destination of choice for 'tech families' with high priorities like lifestyle and access to education. "Tech workers in Ottawa see Waterloo Region as an amazing proposition," adds Klugman, "Waterloo Region is less expensive to live, compensation is comparable, it's close to Toronto, and offers excellent educational amenities -- who wouldn't want to get in on a community where there are phenomenal opportunities around every corner?"

Ottawa tech workers can register to attend the Ottawa TechVibe recruiting event at http://www.communitech.ca/events.

About Waterlootechjobs.com

waterlootechjobs.com is a strategic recruitment initiative of Communitech and Waterloo Region firms connecting technology industry workers with tech firms in Waterloo Region firms in need of top talent. For more information please visit www.waterlootechjobs.com

About Communitech: Waterloo Region Technology Association

Communitech is a member-based association driving the growth and success of Waterloo Region's tech sector through a vibrant network of leadership, connections and promotion. For more information please visit www.communitech.ca

Driving dynamic growth and success for Waterloo Region technology companies.

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