Infosys, the global technology services company, officially opened its digital hub in downtown Calgary on Monday and announced plans to create twice as many jobs as originally planned.
Founded in India and now operating in more than 50 countries, the company provides digital services and consulting to clients in many industries including natural resources, energy, media, retail and communications.
In March 2021, the company announced plans to expand its Canadian workforce with an office in central Calgary and the creation of 500 jobs.
In a Monday morning release, the company said the Infosys Digital Center is scheduled to officially open later in the day — and it now plans to bring 1,000 jobs to Calgary over the next two years.
“We chose to open in Calgary because it is [centre] of technical excellence with rich IT talent and a strategic location that allows us to scale working with customers in key industries such as energy, natural resources and agriculture,” said Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys.
“Calgary’s potential for IT innovation is unlimited, and we’re excited to be a part of its future.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Infosys has already achieved its original goal of creating 500 jobs in Calgary.
“I am very pleased that they are doubling down on that promise,” he said.
“Bright minds and big ideas”
The Infosys Digital Center is located in Gulf Canada Square, and the company said it will allow it to work more closely with its customers on challenges like smart automation and green technology.
“The center will educate, upskill and reskill Infosys employees and customers in the technologies needed to help Canadian businesses accelerate their digital transformation,” the press release reads.
Brad Parry, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development, said the center’s opening shows that the city is recognized as a magnet for the technology industry.
“The opening of the Infosys Digital Center in the heart of our city demonstrates Calgary’s recognition as a top tech hub, where bright minds and big ideas from around the world come together to help solve global challenges,” said Parry.
Meanwhile, the University of Alberta – which partnered with Infosys in 2016 – will work closely with the new center, said Bill Flanagan, its president and vice chancellor.
“We have tremendous strength in computer science and digital and as such Infosys has a keen interest in recruiting our students… [and it] also offers internships for our students,” he said.
“[The centre] is Infosys’ primary presence in Alberta. So we will be working closely with the center here in Calgary to recruit our students, internships, research opportunities and training programs.”
Infosys plans to double its total workforce in Canada to 8,000 by 2024.