All Canadians can celebrate the news that Amazon recently announced it would be expanding its Vancouver-based technology hub. This move is promised to create 3,000 new “high-tech” in the city, according to The Financial Post.
The growth Vancouver can expect from Amazon is huge. It first opened a software development site in the city in 2011, and as of today there are over 1,000 employees working there.
The company’s general manager of web services, Jesse Dougherty, explained that the new corporate positions would focus on e-commerce tech, cloud computing, and machine learning. The jobs will also be housed in a new “38,000 square metre office tower” that the company will be building on the site of Vancouver’s old post office. Amazon promises that “The structure’s architectural heritage will be preserved, and the tower is expected to open in 2022.”
In his announcement at the site of the old Canada Post building, Dougherty explained that Amazon “chose to build and grow in Canada because we recognize the diverse and exceptionally talented workforce here.” He said, “As a homegrown British Columbian and a software engineer, I am so proud of living and working in a city that is recognized worldwide as a first-rate global tech hub.”
This announcement is also huge for Canadian university students. Dougherty says Amazon is working to build strong relationships with Canadian schools, especially those which focus on computer engineering, which he says produces some of the best graduates in the world.
“We’ve hired many graduates from schools right here in British Columbia,” he said, citing the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University as well as the universities of Toronto, Waterloo, and McGill.
Source: business.financialpost.com – Amazon to add 3,000 new jobs in Vancouver in tech hub expansion
Published: April 30, 2018