GM Canada Hosts Business Council at Markham Campus
Yesterday, more than 70 members of the Business Council of Canada joined General Motors at the automaker’s new Canadian Technical Centre – Markham Campus, where GM is working to develop new autonomous vehicle software and controls, active safety and vehicle dynamics systems, infotainment features, and connected vehicle technologies.
GM Canada is following through on the promises it made in June of last year to increase its ecosystem of Canadian engineering. The Markham Campus brings a new focus on advanced mobility innovation to Markham’s ever-expanding technology cluster of roughly 4400 ICT firms, which represents the largest such concentration in Canada.
Yesterday marked the first full members’ meeting of 2017, during which the Business Council toured the new facility and praised the opportunities it provided to the nation.
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“It is an honor to welcome members of the Business Council of Canada to visit and learn about our new advanced engineering and manufacturing operations in Markham today,” said GM Canada President and Managing Director Steve Carlisle. “At GM Canada we are excited to be giving Canada’s best and brightest software engineers opportunities to help define some of the most important mobility technology changes in a generation. Canada’s focus on innovation, talent development and partnerships with the academic sector all bode very well for the future.”
“GM’s decision to build its automotive software development center in Markham highlights the strength of Canada’s education system and labor force. Governments and business need to continue working together closely to ensure that our country remains a magnet for investment and a hub of innovation,” added John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada.
“The innovation taking place at GM’s Canadian Technical Centre is truly exciting, a shining example of how Ontario has become a global leader in developing and commercializing disruptive technologies,” said Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth. “GM’s investment to expand this world-class facility is also a testament to this province’s highly skilled workforce and vast pool of engineering talent. Our government will continue its close partnerships with industry, labor, and the innovation sector to ensure Ontario plays a leading role in building the auto industry of the future.”