LEADING THE WAY TO INDUSTRY 4.0

Located at the eastern gateway of the Toronto Region, Durham Region offers investors access to a highly skilled and specialized labour force, powering a thriving tech and advanced manufacturing industry. From autonomous vehicles to cannabis tech, Durham Region is excelling in some of the fastest-growing industries of today and is home to two of the Toronto Region’s 18 world-renowned postsecondary institutions: Ontario Tech University and Durham College.

360Insights, Whitby

Key Facts

Population 683,604
Total Tech
Labour Force
22,185
Millennial (25-34) 12%
Foreign Born Rate 24%

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Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE)

Ontario Tech University driving tech talent pipeline in the Toronto Region

Ontario Tech University offers highly unique and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs designed to meet the market-driven requirements of employers. Programs are designed to be highly applied and STEM-focused, fostering strategic partnerships in a wide variety of sectors, including Advanced Energy Systems, Aquatic Toxicology, and Robotics and Automation. Ontario Tech’s state-of-the-art climactic testing and research centre, the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), acts as a key hub within the Ontario Automotive Vehicle Innovation Network, specializing in human machine interface and user experience research. 

Durham College pioneering research in artificial intelligence through industry partnerships

Durham College’s Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions (the AI Hub) offers industry partners access to technical expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and platforms, and student talent, enabling companies to uncover business insights that increase productivity and growth. Projects typically involve one or more subject matter experts from the partner company and the Durham College principal investigator(s), who supervise two to four student research assistants. The model helps students receive practical hands-on experience while providing value to companies by solving real-world business cases. 

The AI Hub also provides consultation, advisory and support services to organizations beginning to consider how artificial intelligence fits into their businesses. These introductory services include workshops, seminars, and one-on-one meetings.  The development of customized training and information sessions is also a service the AI Hub offers.

Trent University Durham

Over the last nine years, Trent Durham GTA has been named the #1 undergraduate university in Ontario. With a commitment to collaboration and experiential learning, Trent Durham GTA provides a unique experience for its students, which has resulted in 96 percent of grads getting hired within two years of graduating. Key programs at Trent University Durham include a Bachelors of Business Administration, Computing Systems, and Communications & Critical Thinking, as well as a Masters of Management, which is a 16-month professional master’s program.

Students from Trent Durham’s School of Business bring their perspectives as expert communicators to a variety of placements, where they are eager to contribute to projects, hone their technical skills and become valuable members of industry teams. In addition, Computing and Information Systems degree students receive progressive training in the use of the latest science and digital technologies. Capstones in Trent Durham’s Communications program bring together students and community partners to address relevant innovation topics – for instance, Communications and Critical Thinking students have been tasked with leading a study alongside the Municipality of Clarington to inform the city’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy.

MAJOR TECH PLAYERS
IN Durham Region

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Success Stories

360insights

From its humble beginnings as a startup a block from the founder’s home, 360insights is headquartered in Whitby and has expanded globally to the U.S. and the U.K. Through its Channel Success Platform, 360insights uses cloud engineering technology to create customer satisfaction, drive sales, and uncover market insights. Clients are able to measure incentive spending and ROI all on one digital platform. With worldwide customers such as 3M, Bosch, LG, IBM, HP, and GE Appliances, 360insights now has over 130 employees and locations in the U.K. and U.S. markets. 

Servify

Servify was founded in 2017 in Mumbai, and operates in the aftersales services space, providing a platform that integrates multiple partners including repair centres, logistic partners, payment gateway, distributors, and retailers to deliver a great customer experience. Toronto Global worked with Servify to set up a software engineering centre in Durham Region, an important step in diversifying its employee base, and serving its most important customer – the United States. Though a significant number of its customers are based in the U.S., the company was also aware of the shift in tech talent from the U.S. to Canada. Through the efforts of our partners in the Region of Durham and the Town of Whitby, Servify has begun operating its business continuity centre out of the 1855 Accelerator space in Whitby, across the street from SaaS-based incentives-management company, 360insights. The ability to leverage the talent, research, and project development capabilities within Durham College and Ontario Tech University promises to create a long-term runway for Servify’s success.

GM Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) Oshawa Campus - McLaughlin Advanced Technology Track

GM Canada, headquartered in Oshawa for over 100 years, is developing a new 55-acre test track and investing $170 million in Autonomous Vehicle research and development, which will provide an essential facility for GM’s anticipated growth in Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle research in the Toronto Region. The project will include two straight sections of track totalling 1,200 feet, joined by a banked curve on each end to allow continuous driving safely at high speeds and also allow testing for product development, infotainment, active safety and trailering. The location of the facility is expected to improve the efficiency of in-car testing for GM through its proximity to GM Canadian Technical Centre campuses in Oshawa and Markham – which annually require more than 4,000 people hours of in-car testing. The testing operations are anticipated to grow, along with the number of GM engineers employed by the CTC, which is expected to reach 1,000.

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