Canada will play a major role in deciding the global future of the world’s largest carmaker, as General Motors plans to hire 1,000 Canadian engineers in the next five years to research, design and prototype autonomous, connected and alternative-fuel vehicles.
From the Communitech innovation facility in Waterloo, Ont., to GM’s software centre in Markham, Ont., and its planned Urban Mobility Campus in the heart of Toronto, GM Canada has been granted a major stake in the future of a global brand bracing for significant upheaval in how the world’s population gets around.
“This is a real testament to the talent we produce in Canada,” said Jennifer Wright, GM Canada spokeswoman. “With these high-calibre graduates, the company believes Canada doesn’t have to take a back seat to any other jurisdiction.
“This is a huge feather in the cap for GM Canada, proving the company believes Canada can lead in the future of connected vehicles and the future of mobility.”