Mayor Frank Scarpitti (pictured) announced plans for the Markham Innovation Exchange (the MiX), one North America’s largest. It was at Collision Conference at the Enercare Centre in Toronto last Wednesday (May 22) when 1,900 acres of land was acclaimed by the mayor for the complex.

Collision Conference also had a presence at the Markham Board of Trade Annual Business Luncheon and Address when Scarpitti interviewed founder, Keith Wallace.

(L to R: Isa Lee, Ward 8 Councillor; Andy Taylor, CAO; Joe Li, Regional Councillor; Alan Ho, Ward 2 Councillor; Mayor Frank Scarpitti giving the Markham MiX hand signal at Collision Conference, May 22 2019) Martin Kwok Photography

Over 25,000 people attended from cities around the world, including New York, Chicago, and San Francisco – who were promoting their own innovation centres.

The conference is geared towards the start up community, it also leaves room for big players to stir things up with their own innovation. Being close to technology giants like IBM, GM, Honda, AMD and Qualcomm is sure to bring more activity to the MiX.

The 1,900 acres of both private and city land will also spark academic partnerships while attracting creative talent and tourism from around the world.

“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.”

Other major players also running their Canadian (and international) headquarters here include Motorola, Pond Technologies, Book4Time and Bluewrist. Our city is not only the second largest tech hub in Canada but the largest automotive innovation hub, housing GM’s Canadian Technical Centre.

For information about the Markham Innovation Exchange, visit www.markham.ca/MiX.

(Pictured L to R: Andy Taylor, City of Markham CAO with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, photo credit Martin Kwok)