5 multi­na­tion­als with lo­cal op­er­a­tions speak out

Kanata North has the right stuff to mas­ter global mar­kets

Ottawa Business Journal - - REAL ESTATE -

Why do multi­na­tional tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies come to Kanata North?

We have fan­tas­tic peo­ple who are highly cre­ative, in­no­va­tive and ex­pert at solv­ing hard prob­lems – that’s a given. But more than this, we have a rich and valu­able tech­nol­ogy ecosys­tem with a strong pedi­gree. This con­tin­ues to sup­port the in­dus­tries that put the city on the tech map and foster the up-and­com­ers that are mak­ing waves in new mar­kets. We polled sev­eral of the big names from abroad that call Kanata North home for their thoughts on the mat­ter:


“Ama­zon is an in­no­va­tion com­pany. We are on a quest to con­stantly re­fine the ex­pe­ri­ence we of­fer our cus­tomers by push­ing the bound­aries of tech­nolo­gies… To be suc­cess­ful, we sur­round our­selves with ex­cep­tional tal­ents who look for new ideas from ev­ery­where and thrive on in­no­va­tion and in­ven­tion. The Kanata North high tech com­mu­nity has a great his­tory of lead­ing this in­no­va­tion – we want to lever this ex­pe­ri­ence to cre­ate dis­rupt­ing tech­nolo­gies. We are look­ing for tal­ented soft­ware engi­neers who are ready to go on a path no one has ever been be­fore and cre­ate the next gen­er­a­tion of the Alexa (web an­a­lyt­ics) plat­form.” — Fran­cois Boisvert, Man­ager, Soft­ware De­vel­op­ment, Alexa


“Kanata North is home to Ciena’s largest em­ployee base, with roughly 30 per cent of our global em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing half of our R&D team. This op­er­a­tion is fo­cused on main­tain­ing Ciena’s lead in key packet-op­ti­cal tech­nolo­gies like co­her­ent pro­cess­ing. Kanata North is a thriv­ing tech­nol­ogy hub with like-minded com­pa­nies, a vi­brant higher-ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­nity that is open to ac­tive tech­nol­ogy part­ner­ships, and highly-skilled work­ers, with a con­cen­tra­tion of ad­vanced en­gi­neer­ing tal­ent. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are for­ward­think­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment poli­cies and pub­lic-pri­vate col­lab­o­ra­tion at the lo­cal, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral lev­els. The area of­fers a busi­ness cli­mate that sup­ports in­vest­ment, growth and op­por­tu­nity con­sis­tent with Ciena’s long-term strat­egy.” — James Frod­sham, Chief Strat­egy Of­fi­cer


“Eric­s­son is a global leader in ICT so­lu­tions and is one of the top in­vestors in R&D in Canada. The Kanata North site is a global R&D cen­tre for Eric­s­son’s ra­dio port­fo­lio. As such, when it came time to move from our orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion, Eric­s­son chose Kanata North for its state-ofthe-art fa­cil­ity. The key fac­tors in this de­ci­sion in­cluded the prox­im­ity to sup­pli­ers, the vi­brant tech­nol­ogy ecosys­tem part­ners that ex­ist here and the con­ve­nience for our ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 highly skilled em­ploy­ees. In­no­va­tion is vi­tal to our con­tin­ued suc­cess. Eric­s­son draws on the com­mu­nity of bril­liant and in­no­va­tive tal­ent at­tracted to Kanata North be­cause of its rep­u­ta­tion for op­por­tu­nity and growth in the high tech sec­tor.” — Jef­frey Stanier, Head of PDU 4G & 5G Base­band Ot­tawa, Ot­tawa Site Leader


“Huawei’s Canada Re­search Cen­tre has called Kanata North home since open­ing our first re­search of­fice in 2009. Over the past seven years, we have ex­panded our op­er­a­tions to in­clude al­most 300 engi­neers and re­searchers. Sim­ply put, there are few lo­ca­tions in North Amer­ica that of­fer a sim­i­lar ecosys­tem of lead­er­ship in ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­search. Our fo­cus on chipset de­sign and 5G tech­nolo­gies re­flects the di­verse tal­ent that calls Ot­tawa and Kanata North home.” — Scott Bradley, VP Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Huawei Canada


“Syn­tronic, an en­gi­neer­ing de­sign house from Swe­den, helps cus­tomers in a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries such as de­fence, tele­com, med-tech, in­dus­trial and trans­porta­tion. We dis­cov­ered that from Kanata North we could sup­port many po­ten­tial cus­tomers in high-tech and other mar­kets. Many cus­tomers are within walk­ing dis­tance. When your cus­tomers re­al­ize they are be­ing helped by a high-per­for­mance com­pany next door, you re­ally do have the feel­ing that we are neigh­bours help­ing neigh­bours for a true part­ner­ship. Kanata North has proven to be a vi­brant hub of tal­ented and cre­ative peo­ple work­ing in many great com­pa­nies full of po­ten­tial for growth. It’s an area that at­tracts smart peo­ple, that’s close to great uni­ver­si­ties and pro­vides a play­ground for in­no­va­tion.”

— Hans Molin, Pres­i­dent, Syn­tronic R&D Canada Learn more about why Kanata North is fer­tile ground in which to grow suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies and find great tal­ent, at www.se­ri­oustech­liveshere.com

Photo credit : Mark Holleron

The Syn­tronic team has dis­cov­ered that it can sup­port many po­ten­tial cus­tomers in high-tech and other mar­kets from Kanata North.

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