Ottawa: A new hub for global innovation to open in Kanata North
Canada’s largest technology park — Kanata North in Ottawa, Ontario — is already a hub for innovation.
It’s home to 540 technology companies, more than 33,000 skilled employees and contributes over CA $13 billion to the country’s GDP every year. And now, it’s about to raise the bar even higher with the launch of a new, state-of-the-art technology centre: Hub 350.
Hub 350, which officially opens in the fall of 2021, will be a meeting place where industry, academic and finance experts can co-exist and collaborate on cutting-edge projects. A dynamic community workspace, the hub will help facilitate introductions that open doors to new funding resources, research and talent for member companies. Already, it boasts an impressive mix of partners, including Salesforce, Royal Bank of Canada and the University of Ottawa.
Hub 350 will be a gateway to growth, finance, talent and success. The space will be the truest intersection of nature and technology — a trendy, natural atmosphere designed to attract world-class talent and companies.
Jamie Petten, President and Executive Director of the Kanata North Business Association
A prime location
Kanata North is an ideal location to launch Hub 350 for a variety of reasons. The area is located about 20 minutes west of downtown Ottawa — and, as one of Canada’s leading technology hubs, is home to many successful startups and established firms.
In addition to its thriving technology ecosystem, Ottawa also has several top-tier education institutions, including the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, which produce an impressive pool of talent. Ottawa is also frequently considered to be one of the top places in the world to live, thanks to an abundance of parks and green space, a low crime rate and endless activities and attractions.
A place to convene
These features will also make Hub 350 an excellent destination for global organizations seeking a host destination for meetings and events. When organizers choose to gather in the hub, they will gain access to cutting-edge experts and companies that are playing a pivotal role in shaping the future.
“Hub 350 will be a vibrant centre of activity for our community to come together,” adds Petten. “We look forward to hosting many events like user conferences, product demonstrations and global training seminars.”
Easy to access
With its proximity to Canada’s capital, Hub 350 is easily accessible. Ottawa International Airport provides direct flights from all major Canadian cities, major US hubs, as well as London and Frankfurt. The airport is a 15-minute drive to downtown — and will soon be connected to the city via light rail transit.
Ottawa is also home to several state-of-the-art convention venues for larger gatherings, including the Shaw Centre, which has been ranked as one of the top three best convention centres in the world by the International Association of Convention Centres. Between keynotes and workshops, delegates can take in the city’s abundance of national sites, landmarks, galleries, museums and restaurants in its pedestrian-friendly downtown core.
Meetings with purpose
By augmenting speakers’ series with passionate industry innovators and enriching programming with localized tours, business event organizers can attract delegates, increase revenues and inspire future generations.
“We call that 'meeting with purpose’,” says Stephanie Seguin of Ottawa Tourism, pointing out that the city is poised to show off its expertise in technology and the trailblazers who are shaping the future.
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