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Fullerton on Kanata North Tech Hub: “a tremendous community asset”

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November 17, 2017 – Kanata North Tech Hub deserves greater attention as one of our country’s economic growth engines, so says Dr. Merrilee Fullerton. The Ontario PC candidate for Kanata-Carleton promises that, as MPP, she will better promote Kanata North and Ottawa’s high tech research and innovation both locally and abroad.

“The high tech sector in Kanata is a tremendous community asset,” states Dr. Merrilee Fullerton. “In our own backyard, there are billions of dollars of economic activity that directly contribute to the Province’s and Canada’s trade opportunities. Our high tech hub is providing attractive jobs which sustain many, many families who chose to live in Kanata-Carleton.”

”I believe there is much more our provincial elected representatives can do to promote and foster growth with our local high tech scene,” and Dr. Fullerton adds, “Our local Liberal MPPs have been outshone by their colleagues representing ridings in Mississauga and Waterloo.“

Dr. Fullerton explains that Toronto technology sector has positioned itself as “the nation’s tech capital” and in Waterloo, the university is known as “the MIT of Canada.” She says, “Our community is very attractive for its skilled talent pool, quality of life amenities and its concentration of more than 500 technology businesses. We need to do a much better job of telling our story.”

“With companies like Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco and Shopify, and now the early success of BlackBerry QNX’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre, the Kanata North Tech Hub certainly has a story to tell.”

Beyond raising Kanata North’s profile, Dr. Fullerton cites three areas of activity she intends to focus on as MPP to enhance the local high tech sector.

  • Grow the sector by supporting the Kanata-North tech hub initiatives, and promoting the local business climate to the high tech community abroad; and, by cutting red tape that hinders business development within the sector and with small business.
  • Increase capabilities by supporting efforts to develop greater public WiFi zones as well as greater broadband coverage throughout the western reaches of Ottawa.
  • Increase local brain power by championing more sciences, math, data-management and computer technology in our schools; and, by facilitating greater linkages between the local business community and Ottawa’s universities and colleges.

Dr. Fullerton says, “As our community’s MPP, I will be outspoken in promoting Kanata North and Ottawa’s high tech industry. I look forward to being more attentive in supporting the development of our local high tech and business communities.”

(Photo: Merrilee Fullerton seen here at BlackBerry QNX autonomous vehicle demonstration on October 12 – with Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata Councillor Marianne Wilkinson)  


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