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2014-02-18 - BMM Testlabs Canada, a systems company serving the gaming industry, will create up to 173 full-time positions over the next four years at its office in Dieppe, N.B. The jobs include quality assurance testers, senior test managers, engineers and supervisors. BMM Testlabs has provided consulting for and tested many of the largest gaming networks and systems. The Las Vegas-based company serves more than 400 jurisdictions, operates 11 gaming labs and employs more than 220 people in 14 locations, including Spain, Australia, South Africa and Peru. The company's Moncton office is its only location in Canada.
2014-01-13 - Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data center company, announced it has successfully commissioned phase 1 of its 26,000 SQF expansion in Montreal. A dedicated fiber ring will allow customers to interconnect directly with one another creating, in effect, a single Meet-Me-Room supporting interconnection from over 100,000 SQF of colocation space in the market. At full capacity, Cologix's MTL 7 will hold more than 450 cabinets. The second and final phase of the build out will be completed later in 2014. Grant van Rooyen, Cologix CEO, says it's important for his company to facilitate growth by delivering new network neutral data centers in the region.
2013-12-12 - Cisco Systems plans to invest up to $4-billion to build research and development facilities that will create up to 1,700 high tech jobs in the coming years. The job creation expected over the next six years will be centred on R&D, with the potential to grow further to 5,000 employees by 2024. Cisco cited the province's skilled work force, strong educational institutions and competitive business as factors behind its expansion plans.
2013-11-27 - Samsung Electronics is opening its first Canadian R&D Centre in Vancouver. The project will focus on developing Samsung's enterprise security solutions, while also providing global technical support for the company's diverse B2B customers. President and CEO of Samsung Canada, HT Kim said the team will help Samsung continue to lead the industry. The facility employs approximately 60 software engineers, designers and operations staff.
2013-04-25 -Fineos, a Dublin-based technology company that provides claims management software for the global insurance industry, is to create new technology jobs in Canada. The new positions include Java software engineers, software testers, business analysts and technical implementation consultants. "The time is right to invest in our people to ensure we have the capacity and expertise to match the needs of our growing customer base," Fineos founder and CEO Michael Kelly said.
2013-04-15 -A consortium of seven universities led by the University of Toronto and Western University are collaborating with IBM and the Ontario and federal governments to establish an Ontario-based, $210-million R&D initiative that will focus on pressing challenges in cities, water, energy, and healthcare. IBM will provide up to $175 million through December 2014 in the project, forming the "IBM Canada Research and Development Centre" to serve as a foundation for the initiative. Ontario's provincial government is providing $15 million towards the creation of the centre, while the federal government will provide $20 million.
Facebook is setting up an office in Vancouver and is recruiting up to 150 staff, mostly software engineers. The office is currently being deemed as temporary (one year), but some locals suggest there is a chance the office may become permanent. According to Facebook, the office will serve as a training ground for recent software engineering graduates seeking full-time employment within the company. Facebook chose Vancouver because of its proximity to its Silicon Valley headquarters as well as Seattle, where the company runs an engineering office.
2012-11-12 - John Ruffolo, who heads the venture capital investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System pension plan, said in recent trips to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco area, he heard constant complaints about hiring and retaining employees. With hundreds of startups as well as established giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple all fighting for tech talent, wage demands and attrition rates are up sharply as a better offer is always just around the corner, he said. Canada, meanwhile, he said, is attractive in part due to its universities overflowing with engineering grads.
2012-11-04 - After being turned down by many organizations because of data privacy concerns, file-sharing service Soonr is setting up a data centre in Canada. "The migration of U.S. and Foreign cloud infrastructure to Canadian owned and operated data centers is becoming more common place and represents a unique opportunity for data center operators to expand their core business into the world of cloud," said the CEO of the Canadian Cloud Council. Soonr, headquartered in California, began in 2006 as a service to allow people to view documents on smart phones. But it evolved into a file-sharing and collaboration tool.
2012-10-23 - Financial Post Tech Desk editor Matt Hartley spoke with Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square, about the company’s Canadian launch, its recent deal with Starbucks and the future of mobile payments. Dorsey will launch Square in Canada, the first international market for the three-year-old San Francisco-based company.
2012-10-17 - According to the Information and Communications Technology Council, more than 51,000 people work in Canada’s fast-growing and highly-competitive mobile application industry, with annual revenues totalling roughly $775 million. In its reports, the group says about 47% of the jobs related to mobile apps in Canada are based in Ontario. The group goes on to say that industry revenues are expected to reach $2.2 billion in 2016, as Canadians increasingly buy advanced smartphones with apps for everything from mapping and directions to social networking, sports scores, media apps and restaurant reviews.
2012-10-02 - Real Asset Management announced the opening of an office in Canada to better serve Canadian businesses and organizations. Real Asset Management’s fixed asset management software suite is already used in organizations across Canada in commercial, healthcare, non profit, education and government sectors and the new office will further support RAM’s growth in the country, according to a press release.
2012-09-26 - Swedish wireless equipment maker Ericsson says it is acquiring Toronto-based software company ConceptWave in an all-cash transaction for an unspecified price. Ericsson said it will buy all the shares of ConceptWave, an order management software firm that was founded in 2000 and has a staff of 170 people. The Swedish company said the acquisition will complement its operations and business support systems, especially for network operators.
2012-09-19 - RSA, the U.S.-based security division of storage technology giant EMC, has acquired the Montreal-based software firm, Silicium Security, with the aim of boosting its ability to address advanced threats. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Silicium Security will keep its staff and continue operating out of Montreal as part of the RSA Security Management and Compliance business unit, led by RSA Senior Vice President Amit Yoran, the company said.
2012-08-19 - San Francisco-based web performance and security company, CloudFlare, just opened a new data center in Toronto to improve performance in Canada. This comes on the heels of its recent launch of Railgun, web optimization software designed to speed up the delivery of content that cannot be cached, reducing bandwidth used and improving download times, the company says. The new data center in Toronto is just one of the many on CloudFlare’s roadmap which includes five more in short order. The startup has raised more than $20 million in funding from NEA, Venrock, and Pelion Ventures.
2012-08-13 - Software and technology company merger and acquisition firm Tequity announced that Infor, a provider of business application software, has acquired Laurier CIM Group, a Montreal-based provider of software systems and services to the wholesale distribution market. Terms were not disclosed. Tequity advised Group Laurier.
2012-05-22 - Quebecor Media announced a new partnership with ReadBooks, a France and Quebec-based company specializing in multi-language ebook libraries, software and consulting services. This partnership, which includes a minority participation in ReadBooks, will foster the development of new software for Archambault and Paragraph. Already established, with 15 employees in Paris and 15 employees in Montreal, ReadBooks is planning, following this agreement, to double its Canadian staff before the end of 2012, mainly in R&D.
2012-04-09 - John Lutz, president of IBM Canada announced a research and innovation partnership between the governments of Canada and Ontario, the University of Toronto, Western University and IBM Canada. The company is launching its first formal R&D lab in Canada through a $175-million investment over the next 21 months in a consortium with seven Ontario universities, the company said.
2012-02-01 - Fujitsu Canada, a unit of Japan-based Fujitsu, is buying TMC, a business and IT consulting company based in Saskatchewan. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed. "The acquisition of TMC enhances Fujitsu Canada's offerings and consolidates its presence in Saskatchewan, a province that has experienced major economic growth," said Andre Pouliot, president of Montreal-based Fujitsu Canada. TMC has about 70 employees. David Luterbach, president of TMC, said the deal will help boost growth for both companies.
2012-01-30 - Siemens will buy RuggedCom, a Canadian maker of data communications networks systems, for about $382 million, to improve access to markets in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The deal is Siemens' largest since it took over Israeli solar thermal fields maker Solel for $418 million in 2009. Anton Huber, CEO of Siemens Industry Automation division, said the acquisition of RuggedCom would improve Siemens' router and switch products.
2012-01-22 - Canadian technology to help manage mobile phone bill shock has attracted attention from a major U.S. software firm. Anomalous Networks, a Montreal-based provider of real-time telecom expense management software, was purchased by Tangoe. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although a regulatory filing made by the Connecticut-based acquirer said the offer included a combination of cash and stock worth approximately US$9 million. Anomalous offers a free app for consumers as well as a paid version for businesses.
2011-12-01 - Fujitsu Canada has launched the Fujitsu Innovation Center in Quebec City, a $20 million initiative that will create 50 jobs and could lead to the creation of other specialized jobs in the years to come. A $14 million over three years has been made by Fujitsu, headquartered in Tokyo. The Fujitsu Innovation Center is a collaborative space where business partners and customers will work with Fujitsu specialists to put ideas into practice and build business solutions. “The work there is different from that of an R&D center,” explained Mr. Giroux, senior vice-president and director of Fujitsu’s Quebec City office. “The work involves prototyping or demonstrations,” he says Fujitsu estimates that it will develop some 20 initiatives in cooperation with about ten partners in its innovation center by March 2014, innovation being one of the key elements of its development strategy.
2011-11-29 - A $70-million joint project between the private sector and the government of Quebec has been announced to develop more energy-efficient technology. The initiative, called Equation, will bring together six ICT companies working on similar projects having to do with cloud computing and smart meters. Each of the companies will undertake their own projects. However, the non-profit company, Prompt, which forges partnerships between the industry and university research, will coordinate much of the work. The participating companies are CGI, Ericsson, Fujitsu Canada, IBM, Miranda Technologies, and Teledyne DALSA. They will invest a total of $40 million into the project.
2011-11-24 - Trying to move beyond its thin client business, Wyse Technology has acquired Montreal’s Trellia Network, a mobile device management company focused on helping companies deal with the consumerization trend. Trellia will become a subsidiary of San Jose, Calif.-based Wyse, the companies announced. The acquisition has been in the works for about six months.
2011-10-12 - Calif.-based Adobe Systems announced its acquisition of Vancouver-based developer, Nitobi Software, creator of PhoneGap. PhoneGap is a tool that allows developers to code once and author native apps in multiple mobile environments. Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development for design, web and interactive at Adobe calls PhoneGap a natural fit. Dave Johnson, CTO of Vancouver based-Nitobi Software, agrees, despite the fact that Nitobi went about it in a different way, making PhoneGap open source and allowing the community to contribute.
2011-09-20 - Indian consulting and IT services provider, Mahindra Satyam, as part of its ongoing collaboration with the University of Waterloo, announced the opening of a research and innovation centre. The Smart Grid Research and Innovation Centre will provide students, teachers and IT professionals the tools to foster and evaluate innovative developments of next generation smart grid technology, the company said.
2011-07-07 - Supported by 2011 sales, Visual 2000 International is recruiting for its global customer support and product development departments. Positions in the expansion include customer training and system implementation professionals at the company’s European headquarters in Manchester, U.K.; and software developers in Montreal and Shanghai. Among the software products contributing to the company’s sales results are the Visual PLM.net product lifecycle management and Visual ERP enterprise business solutions.
2011-06-22 - ABBYY, a provider of document recognition, data capture, linguistic technologies and professional services, announced a new office in Kanata, Ontario and the appointment of Brian Mackintosh as the ABBYY Canada Country Manager. In order to support the needs of Canadian partners and customers in the enterprise and SMB markets, as well as federal and provincial governments, ABBYY Canada plans to hire field sales and technology support staff in the coming quarters to facilitate growth within the region.
2011-06-12 - With the support of the New Brunswick government, a web-based marketing services company, Hostopia, will create up to 75 jobs in Miramichi. Hostopia will employ close to 300 in Miramichi once it completes the workforce expansion during the next 18 to 24 months. Hostopia provides web services enabling businesses to establish and maintain an Internet presence that can be found by potential customers. The company provides these services in partnership with communication services providers, including telecommunication carriers, cable companies, Internet service providers, domain registrars and web-hosting service providers.
2011-05-18 - Google is expanding its Canadian footprint and putting down deeper roots in Kitchener, Ontario. Part of this expansion includes a new funding partnership, of $900,000, with the University of Waterloo. For Google, Kitchener's office is not only the company's Canadian R&D headquarters, but also one of Google's most important recruiting outposts in the quest to acquire the top talent coming from one of Canada's top universities. The Waterloo region represents perhaps the search engine's most important hub outside the U.S. "Outside the company's global headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., few offices have proved as vital to Google as the Kitchener-Waterloo location," said Stuart Feldman, Google's vice-president of engineering. "There's more than enough talent to go around. All Google engineers are good, but these ones are really good," concluded Feldman.
2011-05-15 - University of Calgary researchers have developed an iPhone application, called ResolutionMD Mobile, that helps diagnose a stroke in patients that aren't in the presence of doctors. Researchers say that the app will be particularly helpful to doctors in rural areas who need the expertise of a specialist, such as a neurologist or radiologist, who is working in an urban setting. For a video of the app release, please click on this headline.
2011-05-08 - A research team at an Ontario University has introduced tablets and smart phones with a plastic, flexible prototype that's "just about paper thin." Queen's University's Human Media Lab, which unveiled the e-paper technology, claims that the research team is "onto a game-changing technology." As technology evolves and gets cheaper, a high-resolution colour screen capable of playing video would be integrated into the device, as well as some touchscreen controls, added creator Roel Vertegaal.
2011-04-25 - Dell Inc. plans to acquire information technology firms in Canada and Europe. The Texas-based company is expected to buy Dell Financial Services Canada Ltd. and CIT Vendor Finance's Dell-related assets and sales and services business in Europe. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. The Canadian acquisition is scheduled to close by midyear. The two acquisitions are the latest in a series of foreign deals that the company has completed this year to expand beyond the personal computer business.
2011-04-25 - Moscow-based Online Market Intelligence (OMI), which provides online fieldwork, has opened an office in Canada, with expansion in mind. OMI provides online data collection, as well as survey translation and programming, sample-only studies and top-ups. The firm's new Vancouver office will be led by Boris Lyukmanov.
2011-04-03 - A report shows that 30% of Canada's ICT industry is based in the Toronto region. The report is part of Toronto's broader look at ICT and Interactive Digital Media (IDM) sectors. According to Canada's High Tech Hub: "Toronto remains the nation's centre for ICT research and development, and is enjoying sustained growth and high employment." Toronto's ICT sector is comprised of 11,522 companies that generate $52.2 billion in annual revenues.
2011-03-27 - Scala, a software provider for digital signage and advertising management based in Exton, PA, announced a new installation for Ad Manager and Scala 5 with Newad, an indoor advertising network in Canada. Scala Ad Manager will manage over 20,000 digital and classic Newad boards in more than 2,500 establishments across Canada.
2011-03-24 - RadNet, Inc., the owner and operator of U.S. freestanding outpatient medical diagnostic imaging centres, has opened a radiological software development centre in Summerside, PEI. RadNet has about 4,300 employees and 200 centres across the United States. The company anticipates eventually having 15 people employed at its Summerside operations.
2011-03-21 - California's AMD announced a new generation of processor, called Fusion, that will be designed with the help of Canadian ingenuity, reports the Globe and Mail. The Fusion technology has been in the works for several years, thanks to AMD's 2006 acquisition of Canada's ATI Technologies, which gave it the graphics expertise and intellectual property it needed to integrate graphics chip and CPU into a tiny processor unit.
2011-03-20 - Boston-based SIMUL8 Corporation is expanding its position in the Canadian healthcare market by signing a partnership agreement, making Visual8 Corporation a distributor of SIMUL8's Scenario Generator software in the country. Scenario Generator is a visual simulation software that enables health and social care organizations to test out real life scenarios.
2011-03-14 - IBM has been selected to deliver the first stage of a previously announced $22.5 million project to create an EHR system for the province of Manitoba. eChart Manitoba compiles patient data from labs, pharmacies, and the province's immunization system. The next release of the project - to be completed by December 2011 - will include diagnostic imaging and additional clinical information. IBM provided project management, change management, and analysis and design services for the first stage of the project.
2011-03-13 - Dublin-based enterprise CMS provider, pTools, has opened a new office in Toronto to expand its focus on the North American marketplace. In addition, pTools has appointed a new general manager for Canada, Dee Allott. "pTools has been working quietly over the past two years to build a foothold in the Canadian marketplace," Allott said. "I am struck by the highly developed software the company can deliver to partners here and I believe there is a real opportunity to grow a strong Canadian business," add Allott.
2011-03-08 - GE announced a new $40 million Grid IQ Innovation Center to be located in Markham, Ontario. Grid IQ will offer its customers' an efficient, reliable and sustainable energy solution. This investment will create 146 jobs in the region and its "intelligent platform" will give resident access to monitor energy consumption and puts Ontario on the global intelligent grid.
2011-03-08 - GE va établir un centre d'excellence, GE Grid IQ Innovation Centre, à Markham, Ontario et créera 146 emplois dans la région. Le centre fabriquera des produits et offrira des services pour réseaux intelligents afin de mieux contrôler la consommation en électricité des résidents.
2011-03-03 - RadNet, Inc., owner and operator of medical diagnostic imaging centres in the U.S., has opened a new software development centre in Summerside. Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allan Campbell says "We have a very experienced workforce in Summerside in ehealth technology development and we're very pleased to see a successful international company like RadNet come to the province to access this talent and create opportunities for these skilled workers."
2011-03-01 - Fox Electronics a supplier of frequency control products, based in Florida has expanded its worldwide presence with the introduction of Fox Electronics Canada. The expansion is in response to the growing demand of the company's products.
2011-02-23 - The Czech ambassador to Canada is looking for partnership opportunities between the businesses and educational institutions of his country, and those of Waterloo, Ontario region. "Waterloo Region is very famous," said the ambassador, Karel Zebrakovsky. Zebrakovsky is attracted to the area's reputation for innovation and collaboration, and is seeking opportunities for joint research projects and technological innovation, especially in the high technology field.
2011-01-31 - IBM unveiled one of the most advanced computing facilities in Canada, the IBM Compute Cloud Centre, the company’s first cloud delivery centre in Canada in order to address the growing demand from enterprises to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and access new technologies such as analytics and mobile computing. With the new $42 million IBM Compute Cloud Centre, Canadian businesses can securely develop, host and test applications while paying only for the computational power they use.
2011-01-24 - Google Inc. announced plans to double the size of its Montreal office by the end of 2011 (adding an extra 25 positions). Most of those who work in Montreal are software developers who produce software to support the company's Chrome web browser. It was also said that Montreal's role in the company is sure to expand as it grows. Wendy Rozeluk, a spokesperson for Google Canada, said "Google is expanding in nearly all its offices around the globe, but because of the innovation that has come out of Canada, it's focusing more on this country."
2011-01-24 - Headquartered in North Carolina, the SAS Institute announced plans to increase its employee base by 10% after posting strong global revenue numbers in 2010. In Canada, the analytics software company saw year-over-year revenue growth outpace the global figure, with the Canadian subsidiary recoding a 9% increase in total operating revenue and a 10% increase in total software sales for 2010. "The Canadian market has been steady," Carl Farrell, president of SAS Canada, said. "The demand has certainly been there a littler earlier from banks and insurance companies for our fraud solutions." Farrell added that SAS Canada will add 25 new positions to facilitate the growth.
2010-12-16 - India-based L&T Infotech is set to broaden its presence in the Canadian outsourcing market after acquiring Citigroup Canada's IT outsourcing arm. "We were really looking to a much stronger foothold in the Canadian marketplace," said Sudip Banerjee, CEO of L&T Infotech. The Citigroup acquisition now gives it an additional 215-person team.
2010-12-08 - Denmark-based security software company BullGuard has opened its first office in Canada through a deal with Quebec-based EIGRS Distribution. The company offers its Internet security product, which includes online backup space for a SOHO disaster recovery option, in the U.S. And now with the distribution deal, BullGuard is eyeing opportunity in a nation where the business profile closely matches is own small business focus.
2010-10-21 - IBM’s appetite for acquisitions continues as it announced that it acquired Clarity Systems, a privately-held company based in Toronto, Ont. Clarity Systems delivers financial governance software that enables organizations to automate the process of collecting, preparing, certifying and controlling financial statements for electronic filing, in support of mandates by the SEC and other financial regulatory agencies. Financial terms were not disclosed.
2010-10-13 - Ocuco, the Dublin-based software supplier for optical retailers, is expanding its global business with its entry into the Canadian market. The company already announced a $2 million deal worth with FYi doctors. The Acuitas suite of optical retail management products, Ocucos statement said, are localized for UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Sweden, Italy and Canada.
2010-09-19 - Siemens Milltronics, owned by Siemens, announced that it was expanding in Peterborough, creating 10 new jobs over the next three years. The expansion will include the manufacture of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) from the U.S. to Ontario. The business will also invest in new equipment to produce lead-free electronic boards sold worldwide for manufacturing high tech measuring devices.
2010-07-29 - California-based eEye Digital Security announced it is expanding in Nova Scotia. The company provides IT security software to assess, mitigate, and protect against vulnerabilities of IT assets and their data. Its Halifax location will focus on research and development and will be seeking a mix of highly skilled application developers, lead engineers and quality assurance people. The company plans to create up to 40 new full-time positions over five years.
2010-07-18 - Software vendor Maplesoft, University of Waterloo and the Canadian Space Agency are collaborating to build unmanned land rovers destined for planetary exploration. The software from Maplesoft, called MapleSim, is being used to simulate the possible outcomes of a land rover moving from point A to B with respect to energy use, risk and safety.
2010-07-11 - Government officials from Canada are attempting to attract British developers to Nova Scotia with tax breaks. The province of Nova Scotia is sending delegates to UK to woo British talent, reports CBC. The province has passed several legislation intended to attract and nurture small businesses. For games specifically, it offers a Digital Media Tax Credit of 25% of production costs, with an extra 5% for non-metropolitan regions.
2010-06-28 - Based in Gorgia, itaas Inc., a provider of end-to-end iTV solutions in the digital video industry, announced the opening of a new office in Ontario. The Canadian office will initially focus on providing support services for both U.S. and Canadian customers for the deployment of iTV solutions which include technologies such as EBIF, tru2way® and IP.
2010-05-25 - Q1 Labs Canada will hire up to 70 new employees, including technical and sales positions, at its Fredericton and Saint John locations. Q1 Labs is also planning to expand its research and development centre in Fredericton. Q1 Labs Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of Q1 Labs Inc., based in Massachusetts and provides security intelligence software.
2010-05-18 - Plug and Play Tech Center, a Silicon Valley company and incubator that has helped over hundreds of successful information technology and life science companies, will open its first Canadian office in Vancouver. Plug and Play's partnership means "new jobs and investment in our city," said Vancouver Mayor Robertson. "We're seeing more and more businesses attracted to Vancouver because of our quality of life, our top-notch research institutions, and our culture of entrepreneurship. It is these elements that are establishing Vancouver as a Green Capital on the world stage."
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