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Mayor Frank Scarpitti announces new Innovation District at Collision

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON - May 22, 2019  At the Collision Conference on Wednesday,  Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced that Markham will be home to the new Markham Innovation Exchange, the MiX. It will be one of the largest innovation districts in North America and will be close to the Canadian offices of several major technology companies, such as IBM, GM, Honda, AMD and Qualcomm.

The City of Markham has designated approximately 1,900 acres of private and city-owned land that will be developed into a home for innovators and entrepreneurs, with a potential for academic partnerships and mixed attractions that will draw creative talent and tourism.

“There needs to be a bit of a different feel and buzz in the area,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The new Markham Innovation Exchange will give new and growing companies the opportunity to build their businesses in close proximity to one another, providing an environment that helps foster collaboration among startup companies.”

As Canada's High-Tech Capital, Markham is open for business. Markham is Canada’s second largest tech city, home to industry leaders like IBM, Qualcomm, AMD, Motorola and leading innovators like Pond Technologies, Book4Time, Bluewrist and many more. Markham has Canada’s largest automotive innovation hub, with companies like GM’s Canadian Technical Centre, which focuses on developing software for the next generation of autonomous vehicles.

“With more than 25,000 attendees from around the world and with representatives from major cities such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco promoting their own innovation hubs, Collision is the ideal platform to deliver our vision. It’s an opportunity we couldn’t miss,” says Mayor Scarpitti. “The world is watching and we are boasting about the diverse, highly-skilled and educated talent we have in and are attracting to Markham.”

Markham is home to industry leaders, scale-ups, innovators, businesses and talent that are leading the way to a more innovative and technology-advanced future. With more than 1,500 high-tech and life sciences companies creating more than 37,000 jobs, Markham is a leader in advancing innovation in Canada.

To learn more about the Markham Innovation Exchange, visit markham.ca/MiX


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. 


MARKHAM, ON - May 22, 2019  At the Collision Conference on Wednesday,  Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced that Markham will be home to the new Markham Innovation Exchange, the MiX. It will be one of the largest innovation districts in North America and will be close to the Canadian offices of several major technology companies, such as IBM, GM, Honda, AMD and Qualcomm.

The City of Markham has designated approximately 1,900 acres of private and city-owned land that will be developed into a home for innovators and entrepreneurs, with a potential for academic partnerships and mixed attractions that will draw creative talent and tourism.

“There needs to be a bit of a different feel and buzz in the area,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The new Markham Innovation Exchange will give new and growing companies the opportunity to build their businesses in close proximity to one another, providing an environment that helps foster collaboration among startup companies.”

As Canada's High-Tech Capital, Markham is open for business. Markham is Canada’s second largest tech city, home to industry leaders like IBM, Qualcomm, AMD, Motorola and leading innovators like Pond Technologies, Book4Time, Bluewrist and many more. Markham has Canada’s largest automotive innovation hub, with companies like GM’s Canadian Technical Centre, which focuses on developing software for the next generation of autonomous vehicles.

“With more than 25,000 attendees from around the world and with representatives from major cities such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco promoting their own innovation hubs, Collision is the ideal platform to deliver our vision. It’s an opportunity we couldn’t miss,” says Mayor Scarpitti. “The world is watching and we are boasting about the diverse, highly-skilled and educated talent we have in and are attracting to Markham.”

Markham is home to industry leaders, scale-ups, innovators, businesses and talent that are leading the way to a more innovative and technology-advanced future. With more than 1,500 high-tech and life sciences companies creating more than 37,000 jobs, Markham is a leader in advancing innovation in Canada.

To learn more about the Markham Innovation Exchange, visit markham.ca/MiX


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.