Living At The Epicentre Of Canadian Innovation?
December 28, 2017
In the weeks leading up to Long View’s ActivateDigital2018 conference taking place on February 27th in Guelph, you will hear a good deal about the city’s Prosperity 2020 plan and the opportunities for the region to evolve into the Silicon Valley of the North.
Obviously, drawing such comparisons will generate debate as there is no doubt that other parts of Canada are equally committed to fuel the fires of innovation that enable our country to maintain its place as a leader on the global economic stage.
As someone who has spent the better part of 25 years in the information technology world and who also lives in the Guelph area, I believe I can bring an informed (if admittedly biased) perspective to this discussion.Is Guelph, and more broadly speaking the Toronto/Waterloo/Hamilton tech triangle, positioned to become the epicenter of Canadian innovation? I say that the answer is yes! The region has a strong history of technology innovation and entrepreneurship as well as the greatest density of post-secondary institutions in the country, providing access to those numerous bright sparks that can create the “next big thing.” In fact, the breadth of expertise in this region, from high tech to medicine, manufacturing, and agri-food, means that there are multiple sectors of innovation along with well-established markets that will enable these advancements to take root.
For a region to lead in the age of digital transformation, it will require this unique and powerful concentration of resources – people and businesses – to foster the spark of innovation that will stimulate the digital economy.
In support of this energized vision of the region’s digital future the Mayor of Guelph, Cam Guthrie, will be attending what many are calling the premier digital conference of the year; Activate Digital 2018. This conference, which will bring together for the very first time the new Canadian leaders of Microsoft, Cisco, and HPE to discuss Canada’s digital future and how it will impact your business, speaks to the fact that Guelph is an important place to be when it comes to Canadian innovation.