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General Motors announces Canadian expansion

Published by Bryant McNamara on June 13, 2016

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) congratulates long-standing member General Motors on their announcement to expand autonomous vehicle software & controls and other frontier technological development jobs in Canada with the hiring of up to 1,000 people in their engineering sector.

The event, held this morning at the Canadian Regional Engineering Centre, saw the attendance of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The job expansion, focused on cutting-edge technology, has allowed GM to open a new Automotive Software Development facility in Markham, Ontario.

Initiatives such as this are precisely why CME has launched Industrie 2030, aimed at fostering further innovation into the Canadian ecosystem and developing a plan by October 2016 that would see manufacturing doubled by 2030.

"We selected Canada for this expansion because of its clear capacity for innovation, proven talent, and strong ecosystem of great universities, startups, and innovative suppliers," said Mark Reuss, GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchase Supply Chain. "With this expansion, GM Canada will play an important role in our evolution toward vehicles that are connected, autonomous, shared, and electric."

Industrie 2030 recognizes the evolving heart of manufacturing. Through CME's Industrie 2030 consultations manufacturers have stressed with new technologies, heavier reliance on automation, and a rapidly increasing pace of innovation, governments need to develop policies accordingly.

"Industrie 2030 has been launched, and we're hearing from manufacturers all across the country who echo the need for expedited investment to seize chances just like this," said Jayson Myers, CEO and President of CME. "We need to ensure that governments are able to respond when smaller companies are looking to capitalize on the same type of economic growth opportunities."

The governments are right to be supporting developments by companies who also recognize this need. In order for Canada to be globally competitive, there is not a moment too soon to start investing in our future.

 

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