Accenture opens innovation hub in Toronto, will add 800 jobs

04 December 2018 Authored by Consulting.ca

Global management and technology consultancy Accenture opened a new innovation hub in Toronto last week. The hub, located at Scotia Plaza on King St W, will add 800 high-skill tech jobs by 2020.

Accenture, recently named a Top 100 Employer in Canada, has 4,800 employees across Canadian offices in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. With the recent opening of the innovation hub in Toronto, that number will rise to 5,600 by the end of the decade.

Located in the heart of Toronto business and tech district, Accenture’s hub will help clients digitally transform by co-ideating, prototyping, and scaling innovative products and services. The hub will leverage the power of emerging technologies, including AI and blockchain, to solve client challenges and future-proof businesses. The Toronto hub will become the 10th member of Accenture’s innovation centre network in North America.

“Our experience working with global clients across more than 40 industries has shown that continuous innovation is an imperative to succeed in the fast-changing digital economy,” commented Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO, North America. “With our network of innovation hubs, we are bringing innovation to our clients’ doorsteps, enabling them to harness the power of emerging technologies to transform their businesses.”Accenture opens innovation hub in Toronto, will add 800 jobsThe consulting firm also announced that it would be expanding its apprenticeship program in Canada, which gives under-represented communities the opportunity to participate in digital economy jobs.

The new Toronto innovation hub, located at Scotia Plaza, utilizes an open floor design plan to foster collaboration and ideation. Aside from its connection with the nine other innovation hubs, the Toronto location will further draw on the capabilities of Accenture’s 459,000-strong talent network across more than 100 locations.

Mayor John Tory added, “It’s an exciting time for technology growth in Toronto. The number of companies that have invested in the City is a reflection of the access to high quality labour force, a committed business community, and a government that embraces new opportunities.” Toronto, as well as Montreal, are noted global centres for artificial intelligence research and talent. Drawn by the city’s pool of emerging technology talent, Uber recently announced that it would invest more than US$150 million in driverless car research in Toronto.

Aside from being named a Top 100 Employer, Accenture was also recently recognized as a top 25 workplace by popular job search website Indeed. Based on company reviews – and accounting for key indicators of work-life balance, salary and benefits, job security and advancement, management, and culture – Indeed deemed Accenture the 18th-highest rated workplace in Canada.

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