GM Canada to establish research chair at University of Waterloo
By Design Engineering staffGeneral GM Canada Steve Carlisle University of Waterloo
Automaker pledges $1 million in support for UofW's “Educating the Engineer of the Future campaign” and launches GM Automotive Innovation Outpost at Communitech.
Carlisle also said GM Canada will establish an innovation research outpost within Waterloo’s Communitech innovation research hub with initial focus on urban mobility, car sharing and mobile app innovation.
The new investment is in line with a new automotive R&D and innovation mandate, awarded in April 2015, at its Oshawa Engineering Centre, focused on fast emerging “connected car” and the development of new urban mobility solutions. The company is hiring 100 new software engineers and engaging a growing ecosystem of select Canadian universities, accelerators and suppliers in its mandate.
At the Canadian Club event this week, Carlisle called on governments in Canada to quickly carve out a purposeful role in a fast changing automotive sector that is increasingly defined by electric vehicles, connected and autonomous driving cars and new approaches to urban mobility.
“No company, country or government owns this space, but we see that Canada has distinct advantages in mobile technology, engineering skills, applied research and a strong automotive history,” said Carlisle. “As Canada prepares to invest billions in much needed urban transportation infrastructure, we need to understand how new automotive technologies and urban mobility approaches can increase infrastructure ROI, accelerate environmental benefits and anchor new high skilled Canadian jobs at the forefront of a new automotive innovation supply chain.”