Baird Attends Launch of BlackBerry Tech Centre in Rio de Janeiro

Baird Attends Launch of BlackBerry Tech Centre in Rio de Janeiro

August 8, 2013 - Rio de Janeiro - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird attends the launch of the BlackBerry Tech Centre at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro.

“The opening of four BlackBerry Tech centres in Brazil in the last eight months is a testament to a very active and passionate developer community,” said Baird. “A strengthened information technology industry in Brazil will help to drive growth, entrepreneurship and science and technology innovation, which are at the core of the dynamic relationship between Canada and Brazil.”

In April 2012, Canada announced that it would welcome up to 12,000 students under Brazil’s Science Without Borders program. Under the program, nearly 7,000 students are expected to have been placed in Canadian universities and colleges by January 2014, making Canada Brazil’s second-largest international partner under the program.

Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry’s CEO, is a member of the Canada-Brazil CEO Forum, whose launch Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced during his visit to Brazil in August 2011. BlackBerry Limited has been an active participant in the Science Without Borders program, welcoming Brazilian students to its headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario.

To learn more about Canada’s relationship with Brazil, visit Canada-Brazil Relations.

Minister Baird is on a 13-day trip to Latin America to advance Canada’s engagement in the Americas—a foreign policy priority that envisions a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere.

To learn more about Canada’s engagement in the Americas, visit The Americas: Our Neighbours, Our Priority.

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