From left to right : Rudy Ramcharitar, Executive Vice President, Orion; Heidi Kutz, Deputy Consul General of Canada in New York; Dominique Anglade, President and CEO, Montréal International; Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal; Dominique Poirier, Québec General Delegate in New York; Sunil Mehta, President and CEO; Chetan Naik, Executive Vice President, Orion.
As part of an economic development mission to New York City, Montréal Mayor and President of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) Denis Coderre, along with Dominique Poirier, Québec General Delegate in New York, Montréal International and Investissement Québec, today announced that Orion Systems Integrators, Inc (ORION), an Information Technology software and solutions provider, is establishing a research and development centre in Montréal to serve both new and existing U.S. and international clients.
According to Orion President and CEO Sunil Mehta, Montréal provides the ideal location for a research and development centre to offer application development and support to help ORION’s global clients maintain a competitive advantage. “We are extremely pleased to be expanding ORION’s footprint into Montréal. The talent pool in the region is exceptional and our team is looking forward to providing innovative research and development services to new and existing clients,” Mr. Mehta said. “The tremendous support provided by Montréal International, Investissement Québec and the Canadian Consulate General in New York has been instrumental in getting this initiative off the ground in a smooth and timely manner,” stated Rudy Ramcharitar, Executive Vice President, Orion.
The objective of the three-day mission was to promote the economic advantages of locating in Greater Montréal to a broad spectrum of U.S. businesses and organizations. “As a metropolitan city, we are constantly looking for economic development opportunities both locally and internationally,” said Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre. As the Mayor of Montréal, I enthusiastically bring to the attention of our commercial partners all the advantages they get when they locate in the Greater Montréal area. That is why I am in New York today and that is why I will be going to Europe next month.”
Montréal International, whose mandate is to attract direct foreign investments to the Greater Montréal area, knows that economic development missions such as this one are a key tactic for promoting Montréal. “Having the Montréal Mayor and President of the CMM lead the mission shows that attracting businesses that can thrive and grow here is a priority for the city and surrounding areas,” said Dominique Anglade, President and CEO of Montréal International. “We are therefore delighted to have guided Orion in their choice of Greater Montréal. Foreign companies contribute significantly to the development of our high tech centres and they add to the critical mass of what is already a high tech crossroads of innovation, research and development.”
“We are delighted that a multinational like ORION has chosen Québec as the location for its first development centre in Québec. That choice is in part due to the great collaboration between the partners and the Investissement Québec international team that showcased Québec’s competitive advantages. The combination of a qualified workforce and corporate tax advantages make Québec very attractive to new IT companies,” said Mario Albert, President and CEO of Investissement Québec.
Founded in 1993, Orion is as an award winning, innovative New Jersey based Information Technology software and solutions provider with a global footprint and over 1000 technology professionals. For two decades Orion has developed, integrated, deployed and managed IT solutions for leading financial, telecom, pharmaceutical and government organizations across the globe. Their reputation has been built on the value of their ability to leverage people, process, and technology to deliver quality solutions while putting mission-critical business requirements and rapid return on investment at the centre of the solution development process. Headquartered in New Jersey, Montréal is the latest in a network of offices throughout the US, India, Canada, Germany and Chile.
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a private-public partnership. Its mission is to act as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract foreign wealth while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments, international organizations and international strategic workers as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—is funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.
Investissement Québec’s mission is to foster the growth of investment in Québec, thereby contributing to economic development and job creation in every region. The Corporation offers businesses a full range of financial solutions, including loans, loan guarantees and equity investments, to support them at all stages of their development. It is also responsible for administering tax measures and prospecting for foreign investment.