Hundreds of high tech sector jobs are expected to be created with the opening of General Motor’s (GM) Canadian Technical Centre in Markham.

The car manufacturing giant says it will be filling up to 700 positions in the field of software engineering, with the work focusing on self-driving vehicles as well as in the areas of safety and in-car entertainment and information systems. The new facility – more of a modern working space rather than an industrial plant – is located on McNabb Ave., in the Warden Ave./Highway 407 area, and brings to the city another high-end technology operation, one that Markham has been eager to attract.

“The official opening of GM’s new Canadian Technical Centre reinforces the city’s position Canada’s high-tech capital,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “By hiring some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs, researchers, game changers and thought leaders, GM is leading the way in next generation auto innovation. I look forward to seeing how Markham will help influence the cars of the future.”

Those points were echoed by GM representatives who indicated that Markham’s highly-skilled, highly educated and diverse workforce attracted the company to the location. GM Canada president Steve Carlisle called Markham part of an innovation corridor that is talent rich and an incubator or ideas with so many like-minded businesses in the area.

The opening was also an opportunity to announce the set up of a $1.8 million fund that will offer scholarships to young women, to encourage them to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with aim of bringing more diverse ideas into the sector.

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