It seems the Great White North is a blessing for those conducting automotive research and development.
From “nerds” to “crappy weather,” Canada in some ways has everything the automaker is looking for, says General Motors of Canada President Steve Carlisle.
Carlisle praised Canada’s “world leading” universities and top talent in software development, lightweight-materials production and artificial intelligence, at the first annual Automotive News Canada Congress held in conjunction with the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.
GM is hiring engineers and software developers by the hundreds in Canada. In February, it launched an online campaign to essentially crowd source Android and Java developers to fill some 700 jobs as it creates a major software development centre in Markham, Ont.
The automaker also has a long standing research partnership with Carlisle’s alma mater, the University of Waterloo.
“The nerds now are really cool. Too bad it happened 30 years too late for me,” quipped Carlisle during his address at the congress.
Something else that’s cool is Canada’s weather, which is downright freezing during the winter in Kapuskasing, Ont. That’s why GM announced in 2016 that it would spend about $13 million to upgrade its cold-climate research centre there.
“We’re blessed with an abundance of crappy weather in Canada so we invested in it,” Carlisle said.