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General Motors Canada hosted politicians, invited guests, employees and media to the grand opening of its Canadian Technical Centre in Markham, Ontario.

“CTC Markham represents a new kind of GM workplace, centred on collaboration, open design, and creativity,” said Brian Tossan, director of GM’s Canadian Technical Centre. “GM Canada is at the forefront of reinventing mobility right here in Markham. We are helping develop software and systems that will enable us to save lives, reduce emissions and create smarter and better ways to travel, work and play. We’ve had a great year of growing our workforce, and we’re not done yet; we are still actively recruiting several hundred engineers and software developers to help us achieve our vision.”

Presentations from Tossan, Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada and others, showcased the work GM is doing at the centre.

CTC Markham’s focus will be on software development and innovation in terms of active safety, in-car infotainment systems, as well as software and controls for development of self-driving vehicles at GM. The campus is expected to have over 700 employees. GM also has another CTC campus in Oshawa, a cold weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, a 2908 innovation lab at Communitech in Kitchener-Waterloo, and a soon to be open Urban Mobility Campus in Toronto.

Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham.
“Congratulations to GM Canada — and thanks to them for helping to build up Ontario’s skilled workforce, which is helping position us to lead the next wave of transformative vehicle technologies,” said Del Duca. “Our government will continue to do its part to strengthen the industry and help Ontario become a North American leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.”

As part of the official opening, GM announce that it will commit $1.8 million for programs to encourage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) as part of a new GM Canada STEM Fund. It will build on past programs, support new national partnerships and initiatives, which are focused on introducing elementary and high school student to to STEM. Emphasis will be on inspiring young girls to try science and technology.

The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.
“General Motors is redefining mobility and focused on realizing our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. We believe that to realize this vision, we will need to support far greater participation in STEM,” said Carlisle. “We are proud to be marking today’s official opening in Markham by announcing that we are expanding our investments across Canada to inspire the next generation of female mobility innovators.”

Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada.
The fund will offer a new series of scholarships at leading universities and the first of these will be at University of Waterloo, creating the GM Canada Innovators award for students pursing graduate work in engineering.

“The University of Waterloo is proud to have GM Canada as a committed industry and research partner supporting Canada’s top engineering talent at Waterloo from scholarships to co-op job placements, we are excited that GM recognizes the need to support Canadian-led innovations and its generous donation of $200,000 will be instrumental in enabling Engineering master’s students to tackle the challenges facing our world today and in the future,” said Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Engineering, University of Waterloo.

Ken Kelzer, Vice-President, Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems, GM .

Brian Tossan, Director, Canadian Technical Centre, GM Canada.

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