Hon. Victor Fedeli
Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

On behalf of the province of Ontario, Canada, welcome to everyone participating in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

And a special welcome to the 24 Ontario companies participating in the province’s business delegation attending CES.

As one of the biggest technology stages in the world, CES at its core is a place where ground-breaking innovations come to life.

It’s where the best and brightest stars shine light on the work they’ve done over the past year.

And most importantly, its where international partnerships are formed and cultivated.

As one of the world-leaders in the IT space, Ontario is no stranger to building technologies that will shape our collective future.

We are the second largest IT cluster in all of North America, and boast a premier talent pool of over 320,000 tech workers.

We are home to an unparalleled Artificial Intelligence ecosystem, with over 300 companies, and the world-renowned Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, headed by deep learning luminary Geoffrey Hinton.

And, in Ontario, we are paving the way for the autonomous vehicle revolution by teaching cars to think.

While all this impressive work is ongoing across Ontario, it’s important to reflect on some of the other efforts that shaped the tech industry in 2020.

There is no doubt – the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do business in many ways.

And we are fiercely proud of the way the province’s IT sector quickly reacted and pivoted their business models to serve the greater good.

Ontario’s own BlueDot Therapeutics was among the first in the world to identify the emerging risk of COVID-19.

Their insights platform delivers bespoke, near-real-time intelligence to governments, hospitals, and airlines, revealing the pandemic’s movements.

Other Ontario-based companies like MoviWear and Markitech, who are both participating in the province’s CES delegation, have developed medical platforms for patient monitoring that pair with wearable technology.

Their systems promptly alert Doctors to changes in a patient’s over-all health, even from home.

Finally, companies like Cross Wing Inc. and VTRAC Robotics have developed autonomous robots that clean and disinfect high-traffic areas, putting health and safety at the forefront of their work.

As we begin 2021, and investments begin to rebound even further, consider a move to Ontario.

Our province wears the badges of integrity, strength, and resilience in the face of adversity.

Combined with prime access to the global marketplace, competitive business costs, and a talent pool unlike any other, we have the winning combination to help your business grow.

Come rebuild, recover and reimagine your business in Ontario, Canada.

Everyone enjoy the conference.


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