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Ericsson inaugurates new ICT facility in Vaudreuil-Dorion

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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon addresses attendees at the official inauguration of Ericsson’s newest global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion last Thursday, December 8.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon took centre stage and cut the red ceremonial ribbon that officially inaugurated the opening of Ericsson’s newest global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre during a ceremony at the facility last Thursday, December 8.

His Excellency Per Sjögren, the Swedish Ambassador to Canada; Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament (MP) for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth); along with several Ericsson executives and employees also attended the proceedings.

For Pilon, the arrival of Ericsson and its commitment to build in Vaudreuil-Dorion shows that the city is open to major corporate investments and hopes that Ericsson’s lead will entice other high-technology companies to consider building new facilities within the city’s expanding industrial park.

“I’m very happy,” Pilon told Your Local Journal. “It’s the conclusion of something special and the fact that Ericsson is here in Vaudreuil-Dorion with such a quality building is fantastic. Every mayor around the world dreams of accomplishing something like this.

“It has been very easy to work with Ericsson. They are professional and they did everything they were supposed to do. We’ll be looking to doing more business with them, that’s for sure,” added Pilon.

Mark Henderson, Ericsson Canada President and CEO, said the company scouted numerous sites worldwide to find a suitable location for its third global ICT centre before Vaudreuil-Dorion was chosen as the best option.

“This facility is truly a milestone for Ericsson Canada,” said Henderson. “After an exhaustive search of over 30 candidate sites as to where we would construct the ICT centre – the other two sites are in Sweden – this location in Vaudreuil-Dorion was chosen.”

Henderson thanked the city, the developer Divco, the Government of Québec, Hydro-Québec and Ericsson personnel for their roles in the project. “You can imagine when you walk through the tech space how important it is to have efficient and economical power in a facility like this. We have a great partnership with Hydro-Québec and always have the support of the Government of Québec,” said Henderson.

Ericsson has been in Canada for 63 years, employs over 3,500 personnel, and has become consistently one of the top 10 research companies in the country over the years. “When it comes to investment by a foreign multi-national in Canada, Ericsson is the third largest having invested over $5 billion in innovation over the past 10 years,” said Henderson.

Pilon practiced his language skills when he warmly welcomed Ambassador Sjögren to Vaudreuil-Dorion in Swedish. Sjögren praised the solid relationship between Sweden and Canada, noting that the Prime Ministers of both nations met in Montreal in September and there was dialogue between the respective Ministers of Trade, Industry and Infrastructure.

“Relations between Sweden and Canada are historically excellent,” said Sjögren. “In all areas we have a close political dialogue and cooperation between our governments and I see growing trade and economic links. There are more than over 100 Swedish companies in Canada employing approximately 35,000 Canadians and the level in investment in Canada is over $3 billion a year.”

Sjögren also anticipates there will be more trade between both countries after the European Union (EU) recently ratified the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) that will remove restrictive trade barriers between Canada and the EU.

The Vaudreuil-Dorion Ericsson ICT centre, which covers 20,000 square metres, is the third ICT centre to be inaugurated and follows the opening of Global ICT centres in Linköping, Sweden in September 2014, and Rosersberg, Sweden in January 2016.

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