"We will be expanding our engineering centre in Oshawa to be a hub for the connected car," exclaims GM Canada's President, Stephen Carlisle in a video announcing GM Canada's new mandate. "All of the most powerful technology companies recruit from Ontario universities, so we know we will have the capability to play a leadership role in this sector globally." GM's Oshawa, Ontario research centre will develop connected car technology that will help pave the way for self-driving cars.

GM Canada is benefiting from Ontario's wealth of IT and engineering talent

Carlisle's announcement comes as GM Canada's Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa prepares to hire 100 new software and controls engineers, some of whom will invariably come from the University of Waterloo, the second largest electrical and computer engineering hub in North America after M.I.T. GM Canada is currently partnering with 15 research institutions in Canada, nine of which are located in Ontario. It is a part of a $190 million per year research and development spend which includes work performed at its GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa and its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ontario.

Speaking to the advantage of increasing GM Canada's research and development presence in Ontario, Stephen Carlisle had praise for the wealth of talent in technology and engineering that GM Canada's R&D efforts will continue to benefit from:

We are making this investment because we see an opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada's leading universities and other partner organizations.

Stephen Carlisle, President, GM Canada

Ontario owes its success as an award-winning automotive manufacturing jurisdiction to the highly skilled talent and advanced R&D facilities highlighted by GM Canada's president. Facilities include the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR), the General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Fraunhofer Project Centre at Western.

Learn more about how R&D in Ontario is driving automotive innovation



May 20, 2015

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