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Salesforce invests $2 billion into its Canadian business

10 February 2018

Toronto is a hub for artificial intelligence research and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting California this week in part to speak with US technology chief executives. Canada has also invested millions to attract top talent and researchers away from other countries.

During a lunch-hour roundtable with local leaders, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told Trudeau he was thrilled to expand to Canada, and credited the Trudeau government for being able to make a "tremendous confident investment".

Two years ago when Trudeau took office, Canadian expats who were veterans of Silicon Valley talked to The Canadian Press about the hard sell their home country faced. It is the latest significant U.S. technology investment across the border since early 2017. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday morning before heading to Los Angeles. The comment was an apparent reference to President Donald Trump.

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The publication notes that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is traveling to Silicon Valley today, in order to promote Canada's virtues as a global technology hub.

"We know that bringing in great talent from around the world is an enormous benefit, not just to the companies that want to do that, but to Canadian jobs and to our country as a whole, so we're going to continue to do that", he said.

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Mr. Trudeau wrote to Mr. Bezos previous year, asking him to consider Canada for the company's second headquarters, because of its inclusiveness, single-payer health- care system, and an immigration system created to attract high-skilled talent.

There are also hundreds, maybe thousands - no one can say for sure - of Canadians in the tech industry in Northern California, many of them on visas made possible through the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau is shopping an expanding tech sector in places like Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, where companies need executive-level expertise to stay competitive.

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Salesforce invests $2 billion into its Canadian business