US IT headed towards Canada

Marc Benioff Justin Trudeau

Marc Benioff Justin Trudeau

Trudeau bragged on Thursday during a press event in San Francisco about what he considers are Toronto's attractive qualities for the online retail and cloud computing giant's planned new campus, a much coveted $5 billion prize that cities are trying to attract in what is an unusually public competition.

Amazon's decision on where to locate its second headquarters is expected this year. "I certainly hope we get the HQ2 hub".

AI-based R&D has thrived in Canada with Justin Trudeau, the country's prime minister set to visit California to meet chief executives from U.S. tech companies. Toronto is the only city outside the US on the company's shortlist. Other Canadian cities that have previously submitted bids include Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.

8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ AppDirect, the company powering the digital economy, today announced its commitment to creating at least 300 jobs in Canada within the next five years as part of its global growth strategy.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff did not specify why the company chose Canada but he said, "Like you, were a city that values diversity, we value equality and we also value innovation.We know well be able to have a great business environment in Canada".

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Salesforce said that the company - along with its ecosystem of customers and partners in Canada - will create more than 28,000 new direct jobs and $17 billion United States dollars in new business revenue in Canada by 2022.

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Mr. Trudeau has lamented a "brain drain" of Canada's best tech minds, saying at a recent Google event in Toronto, "Quite frankly, we're exhausted of Google poaching our best graduates from the University of Waterloo and sucking them down to California". In May, Uber said it would open a new artificial intelligence research hub in Toronto.

Trudeau did not say what kinds of incentives the Canadian government is offering to US technology companies to convince them to settle in the country, and instead pitched Canada's "great talent" and the government's investments in artificial intelligence.

Mr. Trudeau rejected the notion that Canada was standing in the way of progress on modernizing the trade deal, days after a US government official said the United States was considering striking a separate agreement with Mexico.

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