Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Microsoft’s new development center in Vancouver

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau experiences Microsoft HoloLens at the official opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre today in Vancouver. The facility is designed to be an incubator of new technological talent and innovation. (CNW Group/Microsoft Canada Inc.)

Yesterday, we reported about the opening of Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver, a state of the art facility for innovation, training and software development.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those who celebrated the MCEC opening. “Microsoft is showing that it recognizes the country’s tremendous potential to be a world leader in the innovation sector,” he said. “It will provide new opportunities for Canada’s young people, and our highly educated workforce as a whole, to shape the future.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also experienced Microsoft HoloLens and few other Microsoft projects after the opening.

“There is no better time to invest in Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I welcome Microsoft’s decision to add as many as 450 new development jobs to their Vancouver operations – it is a real vote of confidence in the community, and in the talent and expertise of Canadian workers.”

“The Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre shows how strongly Microsoft values the depth of talent here in Canada, and it is a great source of pride for all of us. We firmly believe Canada can play a leading role in developing the innovations that will redefine how we think about technology – not just in this country but around the world, ” said  Janet Kennedy, President, Microsoft Canada.

The MCEC is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver in a remodeled 142,000 square foot space in the Granville Centre. It features the latest architectural designs, and floor-to-ceiling views of the city and surrounding mountains.  Designed by architect Clive Wilkinson, it boasts two 150-person multi-purpose community rooms, and both open and closed collaboration spaces. It also has a “Maker’s Garage,” an outlet for experimental projects with both hardware and software, that incorporates new design features to enhance productivity.

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