In 1945 Elmira brothers Gerald and Russell McKee went into the farm machinery business. By 1951 they had moved beyond repairs to manufacturing equipment that revolutionized the harvesting process for many farmers. The McKee One Man Harvester allowed a farmer to harvest and store his crop of hay single-handedly using only one tractor rather than more labour-intensive baling equipment. The harvester arrived at a particularly good time as many young men were leaving farms for better paying jobs in the city.
1990s & 2000s - Meeting the Challenge of Recession
The recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s changed Canada’s economy. Niche markets and new technologies became of major importance.
1960s - An era of Optimism
This optimism and enthusiasm about the technology of the future is reflected in some of the ideas that came out of Waterloo Region at this time.
TELUS Pitch Waterloo
An elevator booth will be set up for individuals to come and submit their 60-second pitch for the $100,000 grand prize.
Workhaus Market, 290 King Street East, Kitchener