Tech savvy managers around the world are using high-performance hardware, software and services from Ontario, Canada to help their companies advance to the next level.
Opportunities at SEUS-CP
Ontario’s thriving ICT subsectors demonstrate growing demand and expertise, and the 10th annual SEUS-CP conference – Trade Partnerships at Work – will be of interest to companies specializing in the following areas:
Global industry leaders in the cybersecurity sphere such as Cisco, IBM, Intel and Symantec have a strong presence in Ontario. Their offices in Toronto and Waterloo are primarily for R&D/product development.
Home to 108 game developers and publishers, Ontario is Canada’s top game producer. The industry includes global giants and hit games studios such as Big Blue Bubble and Capybara Games, Magmic and Game Pill.
Ontario is home to North America’s second-largest financial centre (12,000 firms, $58 billion GDP) and second-largest IT cluster by companies (20,000 firms, $32 billion GDP). Companies like Square, Google, CNA Financial, Amazon, VISA and Mastercard have discovered Ontario’s unique combination of global financial firms, advanced IT companies and strong innovation ecosystem.
Made-in-Ontario technologies are everywhere, from the latest social media platforms such as Wattpad to QNX’s connected-car infotainment systems and Certicom’s encryption algorithms, which have set the gold standard for IoT security.
Big Data and Analytics
Ontario is home to more than half (55%) of Canadian big data service providers. The province has a unique public-private partnership between the Government of Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence, academic institutions and IBM, and has established a $210 million research and development initiative to bolster regional infrastructure related to data analytics.
Ontario is home to North America’s second largest concentration of innovative IT companies. More than 20,000 firms employ 280,000 people that export $7.8 billion in technologies and services to international markets. Companies include made-in-Ontario global successes – BlackBerry, Celestica, Mitel, OpenText, QNX, Sandvine and Side Effects Software – as well as up-and-comers such as Securekey, Shopify and Wattpad. These companies have a knack for turning great ideas into industry-leading products, which is why IT businesses worldwide keep an eye on the latest developments from Ontario.
Ontario is where Geographical Information System (GIS) software, smart thermostats and IMAX film technology were first developed. Made-in-Ontario technologies can be found onboard 80 per cent of the commercial communications satellites ever launched and at the core of the world’s most secure digital cryptography and e-security systems.
Ontario companies have the lowest costs among G7 nations for software development, electronics assembly, R&D, telecommunications and manufacturing.
Large and Diversified
Today, the IT expertise is broad, deep and imaginative. Customers in more than 140 countries use leading-edge technologies from Ontario in broadband network management, digital gaming, healthcare, industrial automation, smart grids, fintech, cloud services, big data analytics, social media, mobile apps, photonics, connected cars and intelligent transportation technologies – the list is virtually endless.