On June 17, 2016, Microsoft announced the grand opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre (MCEC) – a new, first-rate facility in the heart of downtown Vancouver that will house up to 750 developers and significantly expand Microsoft's development presence in Vancouver and Canada. Vancouver is a vibrant innovation hub with an established tech ecosystem and strong universities that support the company's development operations.
If you missed the launch event – please watch the celebrations here: https://aka.ms/mceclaunch. The day included a tour of the garage including projects like VanGo, Seeing AI, OneNote/Learning Tools and the HoloLens plus remarks by some pretty amazing special guests such as:
- First Nation Leaders
- Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada
- Hon. Christy Clark - Premier of British Columbia
- Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology
- Gregor Robertson - Mayor of Vancouver
- Janet Kennedy - President, Microsoft Canada
- Brad Smith - Corporate President & Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft
- T.K. Rengarajan, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft
- Mary-Ellen Anderson - Vice President DX, Microsoft Canada
- Edoardo De Martin - Director, MCEC
Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre Facts:
- More than doubles Microsoft's development staff in Vancouver from approximately 300 up to 750.
- Broadens the type of development work from high-end gaming to include leading applications such as Skype, OneNote, and applications for HoloLens.
- Invests $90 million annually (wages and facility costs), resulting in more than $181.4 million in direct and indirect economic growth in the province.
- Host 50 students from Canadian universities for a 16-week Garage Internship Program in which students work together to build apps, and receive mentorships from Microsoft's Vancouver engineering teams.
To learn more about Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, you can visit us at mcec.microsoft.com or post questions to with #AccelerateCanada to @MicrosoftVan.