The goal: Made in Canada, stayed in Canada, proudly Canadian

Ask the leader of any technology company and they’ll tell you that hiring engineers, data scientists or mathematicians is one of their biggest challenges. STEM careers are the fastest growing part of the labour market, and some estimates put the need for technology workers at 216,000 jobs by 2021. To explore the talent gap, the FP talked to innovators who have left Canada to pursue opportunities with big multinational companies, and also those who have moved here to be a part of this country’s digital transformation. You can find all of our coverage here.


The Toronto-Waterloo corridor has developed a reputation for being home to some of the best science and technology universities in the world. Top researchers from around the globe are attracted to Canada and our universities, and with them come the best and brightest graduate students that study under these visionaries and thought leaders. This critical mass of talent creates strong undergraduate programming in the most exciting areas of technology.

It is no coincidence that the University of Toronto is home to Geoffrey Hinton and his groundbreaking work on artificial neural networks, and also a hotspot for newly trained engineers and scientists in the area of artificial intelligence. Layer in the co-op education programs pioneered at the University of Waterloo, and the Toronto-Waterloo region has a proven ability to develop and mature technical talent at scale.

 

As someone who is responsible for hiring at Wave Financial Inc., a Toronto-based financial technology company, it is interesting to note that this well-kept secret is not a secret anymore. Google LLC, Microsoft Corp., Uber Technologies Inc. and other big and smaller technology companies from San Francisco and other U.S. cities are now setting up in Canada with aggressive hiring targets, adding more pressure on the hot market for the best talent in tech.

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