Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre Grand Opening Sizzle Reel

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Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre (MCEC) opened earlier this year, but the official grand opening took place on June 17, 2016. With over 200+ attendees, the event was a success.

Check out this short summary of the event with these cool inventions brought to life by MCEC's talented Garage Interns. The tour showcased VanGo, the Seeing AI, and HoloLens to name a few. 

Keynote speakers included:

  • Janet Kennedy - President, Microsoft Canada
  • First Nation Leaders
  • Brad Smith - Corporate President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corp 
  • Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada
  • Hon. Christy Clark - Premier of British Columbia
  • Gregor Robertson - Mayor of of Vancouver
  • Mary-Ellen Anderson - Vice President DX, Microsoft Corp 
  • Edoardo De Martin - Director, Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre

"Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities to live in," says MCEC Director Edoardo De Martin. "It has everything an international world-class city has. This is one of the reasons Microsoft is investing here."

The formal event, followed by the official signing of a Surface Hub, took place shortly after the tech demonstration tours.

"It is amazing to see what we have the opportunity to do," says Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. "we believe not only in this country and its people, but we believe in its leadership."

Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre has opened its doors to over 500 employees, and this is only the beginning.

"I'm so excited to see so many brilliant young minds pushing the envelope of what we thought might be possible even only a few years ago," says Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

The Garage Internship program is an internship like no other. The teams focus on not only bringing new and innovative ideas to the table, but they strive to change the way we live.

This program invites interns to build apps for Microsoft's most exciting platforms and devices.

The centre is also home to our acquainted teams. Familiar projects like Skype and OneNote are only two examples of developments that are being worked on at the MCEC.

"We're building a tech house here in British Columbia," says Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services of BC, Hon. Amrik Virk.

It's now time to see what these great minds accomplish at the MCEC.

"It's just a great beginning," says T.K. Rengarajan, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.

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