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ONTARIO, CANADA: TECH TALENT LIVES IN THE NORTH


Throughout history, Ontario, Canada has been known as a leader in innovation. It’s here that the pacemaker was invented, the Canadarm was built, and the walkie-talkie was developed.

Since then, Ontario has continued to be a place where game-changing breakthroughs happen.

It’s here that Geoffrey Hinton, the “godfather” of machine learning, discovered neural networks and built a team of pioneers dedicated to artificial intelligence discovery. It’s also where global giant BlackBerry has transformed its business model to rise as a leader in cybersecurity and connected and autonomous vehicles, fueling the transportation of the future.

But most importantly, Ontario is a place where companies big and small have access to the best global and home-grown talent.

We’re excited to showcase some of the companies that make up our stellar tech ecosystem at this year’s ConnectTechAsia conference – because there’s never been a better time to think Ontario.

A Thriving Technology Ecosystem

Some people refer to Ontario as the Silicon Valley of the North – but in reality it’s so much more -  tech job creation in Toronto continues to outpace the Bay Area, Seattle, and New York City combined.

The province is home to the second largest IT cluster in North America, with over 20,000 firms, including leaders such as Amazon, IBM, Google, Cisco, and Shopify.

Ontario is home to some of the most highly skilled and educated minds across the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. In fact, Ontario is a top producer of STEM graduates with over 50,000 entering the workforce annually.

Our talent is a force to be reckoned with – and that is exemplified in the roster of companies participating in this year’s ConnectTechAsia conference.

With experience in a multitude of tech subsectors, Ontario’s delegation is a rich mixture of companies competing at the cutting-edge of their respective fields.

A Greener Tomorrow

As we work towards a smarter, greener future, companies like Applied Brain Research are using the power of artificial intelligence. Inspired by the design of brain circuits, ABR designs AI chips and makes software for building low-power, embedded AI systems for use in devices such as phones, drones, robots, cars, cameras, clothing, wearables and sensors.

Their current automatic speech recognition system understands spoken command words using only nine one-millionths of a watt of electricity. That means the chip alone would run for more than thirty-eight years on the average watch battery.

Technology for Change

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve found the need for more technological solutions to improve our lives.

3dEYE Inc. provides an AWS-based true Cloud Video SaaS platform for the monitoring industry. The company features machine learning, computer vision, and artificial intelligence capabilities to deliver advanced analytics and provide smart alerts. This includes cloud-based analytics such as face recognition, object detection and classification, heat maps, people counting, colour search and more. These can be particularly effective in monitoring people and their health during pandemics.

Mercku provides a suite of products that increase productivity and advanced sensing integration. The company’s mesh Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 systems offer unparalleled performance, value, and robust connectivity for any space – a plus to employees working from home during the pandemic. Mercku’s second arm, WiSe, a sensor that measures heartrates, breath rates, and presence, will empower the next generation of devices, saving and prolonging lives worldwide.

With network speed currently at a premium, it’s no surprise that Ontario has a multitude of talent focused on delivering premier connectivity.

C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. is a pioneer in the design, development, and manufacturing of transportable and mobile satellite-based antenna systems. The company has developed proprietary, auto-acquisition controller technology for rapid antenna pointing to a satellite with just the press of a button. This technology enables wide-range broadband internet via satellite, including in unserved or underserved regions.

C-COM, in cooperation with the University of Waterloo, is in late stage development of an electronically steerable, flat panel antenna. The intent? Providing low-cost, high-throughput mobility applications over satellite for land, airborne and maritime verticals.

The Digital Marketplace

With the digital economy becoming more robust than ever, there is a need for smart, modern solutions that improve the buying experience for corporations and consumers – and protect them at the same time.

Avetti Commerce has created the Avetti Commerce platform, a modern react/java ecommerce and marketplace program. The company works with large enterprises, governments and retailers that need customized, high volume, scalable solutions that meet their needs. With seven global offices, Avetti is a trusted partner for some of the world’s largest organizations and growing businesses. Over 1,000 brands are powered by the Avetti Commerce platform, and that number continues to grow.

Companies like Cyber Defence Corporation (CYDEF) believe everyone should feel secure when doing business online. CYDEF uses human insights coupled with machine learning to provide clarity about computer network threats to small and medium sized enterprises. With a focus on verifiable security, CYDEF’s experienced cybersecurity and monitoring team relies on vast experience in security operations in industries ranging from military, police, natural resources and banking, and has pioneered cybersecurity protocols in some of Canada’s largest institutions.

Ontario Innovates

We have seen an acceleration in innovation over the last few years, and the province’s diverse technology sectors continue to thrive.

Our goal is to be ahead of the curve and challenge the digital shift with breakthrough ideas and technologies. That’s no easy task, as tech is disrupting every industry, and creating competition where competition didn’t exist before. But we’ve got the talent to compete on the cutting edge – and the momentum to get us all there.

To learn more about Ontario’s robust tech economy, or to connect with one of the companies participating in ConnectTechAsia, visit www.sourcefromontario.com/ConnectTechAsia.