Calgary is becoming one of the top destinations for Indian tech companies looking to Canada to expand their business. A delegation from the National Association of Software and Service Companies (nasscom), a trade association of over 3,000 technology companies in India, notes Calgary’s competitive value proposition as the key reason for global interest in the city.
“Calgary’s location advantage is undisputed,” said Mayank Gautam, Deputy Director, Global Trade Department, nasscom.
“It’s the access to skilled talent, connectivity to global markets, business-friendly environment and cost of living, but also the community’s willingness to work together where larger cities may not that forms its unique value proposition.”
Calgary Economic Development hosted the nasscom delegation for the second consecutive year, further strengthening the relationship with a target market. The Indian delegation had an opportunity to meet with leaders from the City of Calgary, Platform Calgary, Global Affairs Canada, Invest Alberta and Mphasis as well as Team Calgary partners SAIT, Randstad Technologies group, EY, and Cassels Law.
“The nasscom visit helped raise the profile for Canada as a leading investment destination for globally minded Indian technology companies, with opportunities to connect to the local ecosystem and learn more about how they can succeed in Canada,” Varun Ramesh, Trade Commissioner for Investment and Innovation, Global Affairs Canada.
With recent India-based global tech firms such as Mphasis choosing Calgary to open its North American delivery centre, and global digital services and consulting firm Infosys announcing its digital centre in Calgary, the word is out about the advantages of choosing our city.
Coupled with Calgary’s growing reputation as a centre for tech and innovation, the city’s collaborative ecosystem of industry, post-secondary institutions and government is driving the city’s leadership in science and research, a magnet for talent wanting to do industry-disrupting work.
“At Calgary Economic Development, we invite companies from around the world to be a part of our vibrant, collaborative and diverse business community that works together to drive long-term success by collectively solving the world’s biggest problems,” said Megan Zimmerman, Senior Director, Business Development, Calgary Economic Development.
To ensure a smooth landing for companies expanding or relocating in the city, Calgary Economic Development connects them to the right resources and people so they can create their office presence and build their talent pool.
On March 2, nasscom signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Alberta to promote innovation, investment and technological exchange. Aligning with this priority, Calgary Economic Development is planning a business development mission to the country later this year and is a member of the Canada-India Business Council, fostering strong relations between the two markets.
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