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Toronto one of top three North American markets for tech talent

In a new report released by CBRE, Toronto rose in rankings to become one of the top three markets in North America for tech talent.

The 2019 Scoring Tech Talent Report showed the city’s improvement from its ranking last year, where it placed fourth. Total tech occupations in Toronto grew 54 percent from 2013 to 2018 with 228,500 people employed in 2018.

“The impact of tech companies and the growing influence of tech talent cannot be understated.”

“We hear about tech more and more, but in a thriving city like Toronto, the impact of tech companies and the growing influence of tech talent cannot be understated. Tech job growth has a multiplier effect in the economy and the influence of tech is re-shaping virtually every sector of real estate,” said CBRE Canada’s vice chairman Paul Morassutti.

For 2019, Toronto entered the top three by edging out Washington, DC, which dropped one spot. Notably, few markets shifted positions compared to the previous year, with six of the top 10 market..

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Startup jobs of the week: HelloFresh, iNTERFACEWARE, Shoelace

Every day, Canada’s tech startups post their latest and greatest job opportunities on Jobs.BetaKit, powered by Jobbio. From early-stage to Series B and beyond, Jobs.BetaKit helps startups from all over the country hire Canada’s top tech talent.

Each week, BetaKit will highlight a selection of the job roles posted to Jobs.BetaKit. If you’re a candidate looking for a position at a tech Canadian startup, survey the selection below or view all the posted positions here. For companies in need of top candidates, scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to get your roles posted to Jobs.BetaKit!

Jobs of the Week (July 19, 2019):
Toronto
SHIFT – Growth Analyst

In this role, you’ll be joining a small but expanding Growth team, reporting to and working closely with the Head of Growth. You will be responsible for helping to develop business by inbound and outbound lead generation, as well as supporting marketing inbound leads by scheduling demonstrations for high-level stakeholders at For..

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Calgary-based MindFuel receives $2 million in funding through CanCode

Calgary-based MindFuel, a national organization that offers STEM-related workshops and resources to students and teachers, has received $2 million in funding from the federal government’s CanCode program.

MindFuel said it has reached 150 million students globally since its launch in 1990

With this funding, the government said MindFuel will offer coding and digital skills training to over 124,000 students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The government added that MindFuel will also give over 4,600 teachers the opportunity to gain skills in teaching coding in their classrooms.

“For 30 years, MindFuel has delivered engaging STEM-learning resources that spark curiosity and help students learn valuable skills in areas such as design thinking, nanotechnology, entrepreneurialism, robotics, synthetic biology, energy and the environment, and more,” said Cassy Weber, CEO of MindFuel. “The confirmation of CanCode funding means that we can continue our efforts to engage and inspire future leader..

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New data on Montreal startup ecosystem shows need for investments in scaling, capital

Montreal’s startup ecosystem has been changing over the past number of years. In 2015, Startup Genome ranked it among the top 20 global startup ecosystems, but in the years since the city has fallen in the rankings. Now, things in the city are starting to pick up.

“Normally it takes anywhere between 20 to 25 years to develop a startup ecosystem. We want to see if we can make it quicker.”

In this year’s Startup Genome Global Startup Ecosystem Report, Montreal fell just short of a coveted top 30 spot. According to a recent report by Bonjour Startup Montreal (a Startup Genome regional partner), the city ranked 33 overall.

Bonjour’s report entitled Montréal Startup Ecosystem Portrait, is the inaugural report since the organization officially launched earlier this year. In the first of its kind look at the city, Bonjour did a deep dive into Montreal’s startup community, pointing not only to growing areas, but places the ecosystem needs to improve if it hopes to compete with other global..

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Ontario accelerators in flux after government lapses on CLA program funding

Following sweeping tech cuts from the Province of Ontario, a large number of publicly funded programs were recently either cancelled or not renewed. One such non-renewed program was the Campus Linked Accelerator (CLA), an initiative that for almost five years funded more than 59 academic-related accelerator programs across the province.

“The CLAs and OCEAs have become an indispensable part of the feeder system that cultivates the high-potential early-stage startups.”

BetaKit spoke to a number of individuals involved in the CLA program, from funding recipients to those with intimate knowledge of government decisions surrounding the program, to understand what the it meant to Ontario’s tech community.

The CLA program was developed by the Ontario government, helping fund or create on-campus entrepreneurship programs at 42 universities and colleges in the province, including Creative Destruction Lab, Velocity, and Ryerson’s DMZ. Launched in 2014, alongside its sister program On-Campus ..

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