The 1960s was an era dominated by its youth. Never had so many Canadians come of age at the same time, and never had they been so affluent. Following 20 years of almost uninterrupted prosperity, optimism about the future was at an all time high.
Four University of Waterloo students believed that computer operating systems should function better, and that they could make it happen, helping to launch the WATFOR Compiler under Professor Wes Graham.
Similarly, Electrohome believed that a new high tech future was just around the corner, and they were ready to help bring it to your home with Circa 75.
Waterloo Region as a centre of high-tech was officially emerging.