Mississauga, the Toronto Region’s second largest municipality, is home to 76 Fortune 500 companies, the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, and two of the province’s fastest growing employment megazones. Mississauga’s diversified economy, connections to Pearson International Airport, and highly talented, diverse talent pool make it a highly attractive destination for tech investment.
The tech industry in Mississauga is thriving, especially in the areas of data management services, hardware manufacturing, research and consulting services, ICT services, software development, telecommunications and wholesale and distribution.
Mississauga is also home to nearly 100 globally-respected, successful and innovative Japanese companies. This number represents almost half of all Japanese companies located in Ontario and more companies than any other city within Canada.
Over 185 nationalities are represented in Mississauga and 14 different countries account for at least 1% of the population, including India, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Jamaica, Philippines, China, and Egypt.
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Cognizant, a Fortune 500 company, is one of the world’s leading technology and business services companies. Headquartered in New Jersey, Cognizant works with major companies in industries from healthcare to banking and others to help them transform their business, operating and technology models for the digital era.
Cognizant’s new 50,000 square-foot technology and services delivery centre in Mississauga was initially planned to house 400 employees; however, the company was able to recruit high quality tech talent so quickly, it now expects to onboard another 200 employees by the end of 2019. The state-of-the-art facility, complete with training rooms, a digital lab, and a co-innovation space, will allow Cognizant to work alongside clients to build and deliver specialized technology and industry-specific solutions.
Cognizant’s ability to rapidly scale its operations in the Toronto Region is a testament to the region’s abundant tech talent supply and access. By setting up in Mississauga, Cognizant was able to access talent from all over the Greater Toronto Area.
Tech leader HP, which has long maintained its Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, opened its newest Security Operations Centre (SOC) in 2015, providing day-to-day security management and threat detection services as well as protection against growing cybercrime attacks.
HP’s state-of-the-art SOC helps clients improve their information security, reduce risk and alleviate the burden on internal resources. The Canadian facility is designed to meet federal government security requirements, and is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year by dedicated security teams with a deep knowledge of local regulatory requirements.
The Canadian SOC will allow clients to leverage HP’s global network of SOC facilities and the HP Managed Security Services portfolio to prepare, mitigate, restore and repair in the event of an attack. Through HP’s global workflow and platform, which detects more than 23 billion security events every month, organizations will be able to initiate pre-emptive measures earlier and enable quicker service restoration in the event of a security breach.
The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in Mississauga is home to a world-class team of scientists and engineers with over 40 years of industrial research and development expertise. Featuring a state-of-the-art pilot plant and wet labs, XRCC offers broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing, and chemical process engineering. In 2018, it marked its 2,500th U.S. patent, a major innovation milestone. XRCC is committed to helping companies reduce their time-to-market and de-risk their early stage technologies, allowing them to accelerate their technology commercialization.
Mississauga-based SOTI, a mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider, is building a new, state-of-the-art facility to accommodate its rapid growth. The new office is expected to be completed in 2024 and will support the creation of over 1,100 jobs.
“We really have a choice to be anywhere, but we choose Mississauga. We love the culture here, we love the people. The talent in Mississauga fuels our growth,” said Carl Rodrigues, President & CEO at SOTI.
Recognized by the Globe and Mail as Canada’s fastest growing company of 2019, Fleet Optics Inc. has solved one of E-Commerce’s toughest problems – last mile delivery – the high cost and tricky logistics of package delivery from a retailer’s distribution centre to the customer’s door.
Described by co-founder Vince Buckley as “a technology company that also makes deliveries,” Fleet Optic’s system has made the parcel’s delivery progress transparent for both businesses and consumers. Customers can track the driver on-screen – avoiding the inconvenience of missing a delivery. Retailers can also check delivery status through Fleet Optic’s online portal.