Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Microsoft’s new state-of-the-art technology center in British Columbia

Jun 17, 2016   |   Steve Clarke

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Microsoft President Brad Smith speak at the opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, June 17, 2016.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Microsoft President Brad Smith speak at the opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre, June 17, 2016.

The Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre (MCEC) officially opened its doors Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia. The state-of-the art development facility will create innovative products for the global market while enhancing British Columbia’s technology ecosystem.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau experiences Microsoft HoloLens at the official opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre today in Vancouver. The facility is designed to be an incubator of new technological talent and innovation
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau experiences Microsoft HoloLens at the official opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver on June 17, 2016. The facility is designed to be an incubator of new technological talent and innovation.

“Vancouver is becoming a global center for technology, and we’re committed to helping grow Canada’s innovation economy.” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “Our new development center will bring talented Canadians together with leading talent from around the world to help develop the technologies of tomorrow.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those who celebrated the MCEC opening. “Microsoft is showing that it recognizes the country’s tremendous potential to be a world leader in the innovation sector,” he said. “It will provide new opportunities for Canada’s young people, and our highly educated workforce as a whole, to shape the future.”

Preet Mangat, Senior Program Manager Microsoft Canada, demonstrates City Hacks with Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, the Hon. Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia and Mayor Gregor Robertson, for the City of Vancouver at the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre.
Preet Mangat, Senior Program Manager Microsoft Canada, demonstrates City Hacks with Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada (center), the Hon. Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia and Mayor Gregor Robertson, for the City of Vancouver at the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre.

A Microsoft Jobs Blog piece showcases the office’s ultramodern design, sweeping views and amenities. A Microsoft on the Issues post tells the story of Microsoft interns in British Columbia who are receiving career-enhancing experiences while developing potentially world-changing apps along the way.

Microsoft News Center Staff