Barry Katz’s short answer to the notion of how [Waterloo Region + Toronto] can rival California’s Silicon Valley is simple:“You can’t and you shouldn’t.”
He elaborated by saying that Silicon Valley is the product of a 45+
year evolution of an ecosystem (and warned us away from that buzzword)
that simply can’t be reproduced. He fields this questionfrequently from international visitors dropping by Stanford University where he is a Consulting Professor in the Mech Eng Design Group. Dr. Katz (say KATE-z) is also a Professor of Design at California College of the Arts and an accomplished author. He is in Kitchener to teach a 2-day Design Thinking bootcamp at Communitech.