Briefing

Markham opening 770-hectare innovation hub near IBM and Qualcomm

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Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced the hub, which will provide office space for startups, at the Collision Conference in Toronto as part of a pitch to get companies to set up north of Toronto. (CBC)

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Talking point: Markham isn’t the only Canadian municipality trying to attract some of the over 25,000 people from 125 countries at Collision to relocate. Most city delegations at the conference—including Brampton, Sault Ste. Marie, Barrie, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Hamilton, Kitchener and Pickering—are located near Toronto. Some are looking to attract people farther distances, including Summerside, P.E.I.; Edmonton and Calgary. Last week, The Logic’s editor David Skok wrote about Calgary’s attempts to foster economic growth by growing their local tech ecosystem.