IT consulting services firm CGI Group has begun building a digital innovation center in the Canadian province of Quebec, with plans to create around 300 hi-tech jobs over the next five years.
The center will spring up at an industrial park in Drummondville, about 100 kilometres east of Montreal.
The center of excellence is CGI’s seventh in Quebec, in addition to centers in Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Shawinigan, Montréal, and Gatineau. CGI is a dominant player in the Canadian province, where it has employed more than 7,500 professionals.
The digital innovation center, according to the company, will focus on developing new technology solutions for finance, retail, and manufacturing sectors.
Alexandre Cusson, Mayor of Drummondville and President of the Drummondville Economic Development Corp, said the innovation center will stimulate the city’s economy, besides helping the local authorities attract more investment in the information technology industry.
“CGI’s decision to set up operations in our new-economy industrial park will have a major impact on the development of the regional economy and the creation of specialized jobs in information technology,” Cusson added.
With more than US$10 billion in annual revenue, CGI Group provides technology and business consulting services around the world.
“We are proud to contribute actively to the economic growth of Quebec’s regions and communities by creating specialized jobs that foster the development of local expertise,” said CGI Senior Vice-President Michael Godin.