On April 5th, Amar Hanspal, Gord Kurtenbach, Ramtin Attar and Erin Bradner hosted Toronto Mayor John Tory at the Autodesk Gallery to share the Future of Making Things and how that relates to our new office space at the MaRS Discovery District. The MaRS Discovery District is at the center of the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, the second largest innovation hub in North America after Silicon Valley, sometimes referred to as Silicon Valley North.
Mayor Tory's visit came about as part of a joint regional mission "to put the Toronto-Waterloo corridor on the map as a global hub of innovation". Cities have become a platform of innovation and city governments need to adapt quickly to lead, support, grow and leverage the value of their innovation ecosystems.
During his visit, Mayor Tory delivered the keynote speech at the Autodesk sponsored CityAge conference where he discussed social values, quality of life, and the importance of diversity within city's innovation ecosystems.
With Autodesk's strong product line of design tools and support for social impact, Mayor Tory sees the upcoming move as great for Autodesk and the City of Toronto, adding, "we'd like them to expand [their] presence in TO." Autodesk already has a fairly large footprint in the Toronto area and the move to MaRS - will put us front and center within the innovation ecosystem and amplify our opportunities.