Deloitte moving Vancouver head office to 400W. Georgia development

07 August 2018 Consulting.ca

Deloitte Canada will be moving its Vancouver headquarters to an innovative new office location at 400W. Georgia. The building will feature an open and collaborative office space design, extensive green spaces, cutting-edge energy efficiency, and a visually-arresting exterior consisting of stacked glass cubes.

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte Canada will be moving its Vancouver headquarters to an upscale and architecturally stimulating new mixed-use office space at the at the corner of Georgia and Homer Streets in downtown Vancouver. The 400W. Georgia project, still in development, will include both retail and workspace tenants. Deloitte will be the anchor tenant, leasing the top 10 floors and 117,000 sq ft of space.

The building will be financed by Allied – a leading owner, manager, and developer of urban office developments – and developed by Westbank, a real estate development firm with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, and Tokyo. 400W. Georgia was designed by Japanese architectural firm OSO, with support from local firm Merrick Architecture.

Deloitte moving Vancouver head office to 400W. Georgia development

The building looks like a series of stacked glass cubes with a shrubbery growing up the side of them. “Multiple, small extrusions became weightless glass cubes haphazardly placed on top of each other,” commented Esteban Ochogavia, OSO. “In a typical office building, one does not expect to find glass floors overlooking the city, roof terraces under overhanging volumes, and vertical gardens framing views of the mountains. All this is achieved by rearranging – rather than abandoning – the conventional glass box."

The project, which strives to integrate nature into the urban environment, will include the largest rooftop amenity in Vancouver. 400W. Georgia will also utilize state-of-the-art design and technology, including a triple-paned curtain wall, operable windows, greenspaces, and LEED Platinum energy efficiency design criteria.

Deloitte’s move to the innovative office is part of its national strategy to revitalize and reimagine its offices across Canada. The firm wants to use inventive designs to remove physical barriers and strengthen connections in traditionally ‘segmented’ professional services offices. "The character of the work space at 400W. Georgia is designed to be open, fluid, flexible, but also diverse,” said Michael Sypkens, OSO. “This new, creative work environment elicits collaboration, creativity, and spontaneity.”

“We want to create unique, inclusive destinations for our people, clients, and community right across the country,” added Etienne Bruson, Managing Partner B.C., Deloitte Canada. “400W. Georgia pushes the traditional boundaries of office design to create something truly distinctive and innovative.”

The office will be located in an area of downtown that is seeing rapid evolution into a hub for the creative and tech industries, as these firms shift eastward and consolidate along Georgia Street. The surrounding area will also see the development of the new Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as the redevelopment of Canada Post. 

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French tech consultancy Axionable opens AI research lab in Montreal

11 April 2019 Consulting.ca

Paris-based Axionable, a consulting firm specializing in enterprise data and artificial intelligence strategy, has announced the opening of a research lab in Montréal. The lab will hire 50 new employees over the next two years.

"Opening a facility in Montréal was a natural choice for us," Gwendal Bihan, Axionable CEO, said at the World Summit AI conference in the Quebec metropolis. "The city is now one of the top global centres of artificial intelligence (AI) research. We are eager to work alongside the world's most renowned researchers and to be part of a booming ecosystem that includes industry leaders as well as promising start-ups."

Axionable was founded in 2016, and has approximately 50 employees across offices in Paris and Lille. The firm provides high-demand consulting services in data analysis and AI, with expertise in image and video analysis, natural language processing, and prediction. Axionable also delivers a full range of support services, from needs identification to performance-improving AI solutions. The firm supports clients across financial services, media, distribution, and industrials, and has worked with notable organizations such as Michelin and Crédit Agricole.

French tech consultancy Axionable opens AI research lab in Montreal

"We are undertaking this international expansion phase not long after the company was founded, and it would not have been possible without the support of organizations like Montréal International, Investissement Québec, and Business France,” Bihan said.

Montréal is a burgeoning hub for AI, with firms such as McKinsey’s advanced analytics company QuantumBlack recently moving into the city. Montreal’s world-class AI research is centred around McGill University and l’Université de Montréal, as well as the Montréal Institute for Learning Algorithms which was cofounded by the two educational institutions.

"Quite a number of foreign companies are investing in the area,” Hubert Bolduc, president and CEO of Montréal International, the city’s economic development agency, said. “The team has supported over 30 AI projects in the past two years, totalling $500 million. Montréal stands out not only due to its concentration of deep learning researchers, but also by how much consideration it gives to the social and ethical impacts of AI."

Axionable has already started the recruitment process for its Canadian AI lab, searching for experts in automatic learning, deep learning, information technology, and communication. The lab will work on defining and implementing AI and data strategies for clients in North America and Europe.

"This new lab will provide further stimulus for the technological revolution taking place in Québec and create a great many highly specialized jobs,” Pierre Gabriel Côté, Investissement Québec president and CEO, said. “We are proud to have played a role in showcasing the advantages of choosing Montréal for this key player in the AI industry and to have provided help and guidance with investing here."