Uber’s Chief Executive Officer, Dara Khosrowshahi, was in Toronto September 13 to announce that the company is opening an engineering hub in early 2019 and expanding its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) Research & Development Centre in Toronto, investing more than C$200 million over five years.
Canada is one of the most attractive places in the world to study and work in artificial intelligence and computer engineering. Specifically, in the Toronto region, significant and smart investments from multiple levels of government, extraordinarily strong academic institutions, and innovative Canadian entrepreneurs have made this area an incredibly vibrant tech ecosystem.
Recognizing its strengths, Uber made its initial investment in Toronto’s tech sector in May 2017 when it opened its first international ATG self-driving centre, led by University of Toronto professor and machine learning expert Raquel Urtasun. Uber also became a platinum sponsor for the Vector Institute, of which Prof. Urtasun is a co-founder.
Uber announces that it is expanding its existing self-driving centre, and separately opening a completely new engineering office in Toronto in early 2019. The new engineering office will be focused on building, operating, and continuously updating the vast infrastructure and backend systems that power Uber’s products.
With this, Uber will create hundreds of new tech and engineering jobs in Canada. When combined with its local ridesharing and food delivery businesses, Uber’s overall headcount in Toronto will exceed 500 employees in the coming years.
“At Uber, we recognize Canada’s commitment to innovation and the vibrancy of Toronto’s tech ecosystem,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s Chief Executive Officer. “We want to support the innovation coming out of this great, diverse region.”