GM Canada launches Canadian Technical Centre in Markham
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Unveiling provides glimpse into the future of automotive at new software development centre
General Motors announced its plans to drive future car development at its new Canadian Technical Centre – Markham Campus, where the firm will develop new autonomous vehicle software and controls, active safety and vehicle dynamics systems, infotainment and connected vehicle technologies.
GM Canada announced in June 2016 that it will increase its eco system of Canadian engineering.
The Markham Campus adds a new focus on advanced mobility innovation to Markham’s fast growing technology cluster of some 4400 ICT firms, the largest such concentration in Canada. As part of its first full members’ meeting of 2017, members of the Business Council had the opportunity to tour the state of the art facility and discuss the unique opportunities for Canada found within the disruption of the auto sector.
“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,” says GM Canada president and managing director, Steve Carlisle. “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 centre in Markham highlights the strength of Canada’s education system and labour 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,” adds John Manley, president and chief executive officer, Business Council of Canada.
* Canadian Technical Centre – Markham Campus is a 150,000 sq. ft. facility featuring state-of-the-art test labs for end-to-end software development
* Approximately 180 employees are currently working onsite with an estimated capacity of 700 employees once it is completed
* GM is joining one of the largest ICT clusters in North America in the heart of York Region’s technology cluster that is home to many well-known ICT multinationals.
“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. 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,” says Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth.