2022-06-29 | NYSE: IBM | Press release

Focus on sustainability to elevate alberta as an energy transformation center

CALGARY, Alta., June 29, 2022 /CNW/ – IBM Canada (NYSE: IBM) today announced an IBM Customer Innovation Center (CIC) for Western Canadawith plans to create 250 new jobs in Calgary and help boost the city’s tech sector, diversify the economy, and accelerate cross-industry digital transformation and app modernization. CIC will focus on sustainability, providing consulting services and technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud and blockchain, helping to elevate from Alberta position as a center of energy transformation.

Sustainability challenges impact some from Canada most important economic drivers; in fact, according to a recent IBM study, 83% of CEOs believe that investing in sustainability will improve their business results over the next five years. Through the Western Canada CIC, IBM will help organizations accelerate their environmental and social goals to create lasting impact for their communities, employees, customers and investors in five key areas: climate risk management, infrastructure and operations, supply chain, electrification, energy and emissions management, and sustainability strategies.

IBM is working with Invest Alberta, Calgary Economic Development and Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) to establish the CIC.

“The new IBM Customer Innovation Center will play an important role in helping to from Alberta economic growth through job creation and the engagement of local expertise. It will accelerate innovation in sustainable practices and advance the position of alberta as a hub of energy transformation,” said Dave McCannpresident of IBM Canada. “IBM has a long-established presence in the province and we are excited to expand our ability to Calgary at the service of our customers Western Canada.”

The creation of the CIC aligns with the common objectives of the province and City of Calgary to create jobs, improve the skills training of the workforce and further develop the technology sector, which has already accelerated at a rapid pace. According to a report by Calgary Economic Development and IDC Canada, from Alberta digital transformation spending is expected to exceed $20 billion by 2024, of which Calgary companies will represent almost $7.5 billion. This represents an average growth of 13% across all industries.

“IBM’s choice to locate its new Customer Innovation Center for Western Canada in Calgary really is something to celebrate. This investment shows once again that alberta has the economic momentum to continue moving Albertans forward. We’ve worked closely with IBM over the past year to make this investment possible, and we’re thrilled to see it happen, adding even more momentum to from Alberta growing technology sector. Jason Kennyprime minister of alberta

from Calgary growth as Western Canada technology hub, as well as its skilled and diverse workforce, were the fundamental reasons for its selection as the headquarters of IBM’s new CIC.

“IBM’s downtown expansion is another sign of confidence in our city’s growing tech sector,” said Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “As Calgary’s reputation for innovation grows, more companies like IBM are recognizing the value Calgary offers, including the opportunity for their employees to have a rewarding career and a good life here. It also underscores the importance of continuing to invest in technology scaling efforts, essential to attracting more growth to our city. »

“IBM’s expansion to Calgary is a welcome addition to the city’s growing tech sector. This new Customer Innovation Center not only represents additional opportunities for job seekers, it is further proof of the maturing of technology and innovation in alberta. alberta proves, once again, that we are a destination of choice for business. » Doug SchweitzerMinister of Employment, Economy and Innovation, alberta

Roles in the CalgaryThis center will include application developers, business and transformation analysts, testers and project managers and more, all sought after by Canadian companies.

“ATCO knows that transforming our energy systems requires both world-class expertise and local technical talent,” said Sarah ShortreedExecutive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of ATCO. “That’s why we’re investing in systems to support tomorrow’s workforce and look forward to IBM’s Customer Innovation Center bringing new levels of collaboration and skills to help alberta businesses come together and thrive.”

CIC will assume part of the 25,000 square foot office that IBM currently owns in the downtown Beltline neighborhood Calgary as a collaboration center for IBM, its customers and its partners.

The Western Canada CIC will be part of IBM’s proven model for growing technology and skills with IBM’s network of Customer Innovation Centers, including those at Halifax and in Montreal.

For more information about IBM Canada, visit: www.ibm.com/ca-en

Media Contact: Lorraine BaudouinIBM Canada: [email protected]

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