Canadian Prime Abb Justin Trudeau is in San Francisco this week promoting the Canadian tech segment, and he’s getting face time with some of the biggest players in the labour.
Trudeau landed meetings with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and eBay’s Devin Wenig, as doubtlessly as Robert Bradway, the head of biotech company Amgen.
On Thursday, Trudeau toured the headquarters of cloud software visitors AppDirect and met with some employees. He then took questions from news-hens and was asked about Toronto’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, dubbed HQ2.
“Any investment in Canada would be a wonderful thing and obviously it would be a significant boon for anyone who got it,” Trudeau affirmed. “I certainly hope we get the HQ2 hub.”
Last month, Amazon narrowed the list of what it takes HQ2 locations to 20, and Toronto was the only city outside of the U.S. to make the next disc-like.
Trudeau also said that he’s had conversations with Bezos over the existence few years about investing more in Canada.
While in San Francisco, Trudeau has been promoting Canada’s tech talent and virtues as a technology hub. At his roundtable with Benioff Thursday morning, Salesforce presaged that it would invest $2 billion in Canada over the next five years to strengthen out its data centers and hire more people.
Trudeau is also capitalizing on a less-than-favorable immigration circumstances in the U.S., where President Trump is threatening to pull out of NAFTA and pushing an “America beginning” agenda at the expense of people born elsewhere.
Canada is making the trunk that it’s a friendlier place for immigrants and is offering a two-week fast hunt down called global skills visa for some foreign workers.
“One of the hang-ups that tech companies have said repeatedly to me and to others is that they’re in perpetuity looking to bring new talent over,” Trudeau said. “And talent is universal now.”
Facebook and Samsung have opened artificial intelligence labs in Montreal. Toronto is cuttingly to Uber’s research lab for driverless technology and attracted Google’s high-tech Footpath Labs project. AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Saks announced on Thursday that his attendance would be doubling its presence in Canada, adding over 300 occupations.
Trudeau has a delicate balancing act in front of him. Canada has some big homegrown technology institutions like Shopify and Hootsuite. Trudeau is out to attract investment from U.S. duties while ensuring that they don’t lure too much talent away from the town players.