Building business for the future
Guelph can be part of a booming tech industry — if we encourage it.
It might come as a surprise to some, but the University of Guelph is not just an agricultural school any more — it's rapidly becoming a world leader in high-tech engineering and technology, drawing in students from all across the country to learn from some of the best in the world.
We need to capitalize on this influx of talent, by providing a supportive environment for new tech companies to flourish, and for established tech companies to move in.
Guelph has long been deeply tied to the automotive industry, with Linamar our biggest employer by far. With uncertainty in the government south of the border and trade wars looming on the horizon, we need to encourage economic diversity more than ever — and here at the midpoint between Waterloo and Toronto, we're in exactly the right position to capitalize on high tech business.
What I'll Do
On Council, I will support and work to extend programs like Innovation Guelph and The Hub Incubator that help local entrepreneurs create businesses in the tech sector. I will promote tech-centered local programs like the Diyode maker space and the Guelph Tool Library to increase access to the tools and skills required to succeed.
I will build the kind of infrastructure that makes Guelph an ideal place for young people to raise families — making a relocation to Guelph an easy choice, and making our university graduates want to stay and contribute to our community.
I will fight strongly for regional transit connections and support two-way all-day rail connections to Waterloo Region and to Toronto, to make it easier to collaborate, and to cement our place at the center of the Innovation Corridor.
The University of Guelph: Guelph's partner in building a homegrown tech industry.
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