It's been just a few weeks since Invest in Ontario visited the Waterloo region to experience first-hand the incredible collaboration and innovation occurring at such places as Communitech. Since then, there has been even more buzz coming from the region, including a visit by Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau to Google's new Canadian headquarters.

However, it's today's article in the Waterloo Region Record, in which GM executive David Patterson talks with great fervor about the region's talent and ecosystem that has the automotive world taking notice.

The article, penned by Terry Pender, contains key insights into the evolving world of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles. He extensively quotes David Patterson, vice-president of corporate and environmental affairs for GM. Here's just some of what Patterson said about the innovative research GM will be doing in the area:

  1. "If you actually do this in Canada, and say you did it in Waterloo Region instead of doing it in Detroit, you are building new business models, you are building research hubs, you are building university capabilities and skills, you are building infrastructure that can be the test bed for the world."
  2. "The coding that is being done for our vehicles is now being done in Canada. Why? Because we have smart people in Canada from places like the University of Waterloo where we can recruit from."
  3. "Next week, we open the first automotive block in Communitech," Patterson said. "We will have a big automotive section in there."

Patterson went on to discuss the fact that Ontario graduates 30,000 people from science, technology, engineering and math programs annually— the kind of talent that's needed to build driverless and connected cars.

Invest in Ontario will be watching GM closely as they continue to drive innovative automotive concepts that are powered by Ontario's "Brain-Belt."

February 3, 2016

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