Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto Opens its Doors

I am proud of the ways Cisco is investing in Canada. We have established 12 University Research Chairs across Canada and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games technology legacy program. There’s also our R&D job creation initiative with the Province of Ontario and the Cisco Canada Innovation Program, which is investing up to $150 Million in Canadian companies and venture capital funds.

On Tuesday these investments culminated in an unforgettable event. This week we opened our Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto, a world-class facility designed to catalyze and showcase digital innovation and development.

There will be many more posts over the coming weeks that explore the impact of this Centre and what it means for Canadian start-ups, innovators and businesses. How it will enable companies to try and test new solutions. Why we have focused on urban innovation. And who we are working with to drive transformation, and digitization, across industries.

To learn more about the Cisco Innovation Centre Toronto, one of nine Cisco Innovation Centres worldwide, I encourage you to read our press release, visit our website and watch this space.

And stay tuned for more on our other announcements this week, including the launch of the Cisco Women Entrepreneurs’ Circle, which aims to provide entrepreneurs across the country with tools to help them succeed, and the Canadian Innovation Prize, a competition to identify innovative and disruptive technology start-ups across Canada with a grand prize of $100,000 CDN.

But for now, enjoy these behind-the-scenes photos from our grand opening event, and leave a question or comment about our Centre below. We look forward to cultivating Canadian innovation and inspiring the next generation of our technology leaders, and hope you’ll join us on this journey.

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About Bernadette Wightman

Bernadette Wightman is President of Cisco Canada, responsible for overseeing all aspects of local operations, including sales, marketing, finance, distribution, and services. As a 15-year Cisco veteran, Bernadette has worked in the IT industry for more than 25 years. Her demonstrated sales leadership successes include managing organizations in developed and emerging markets. Ms. Wightman was named Business Leader of the Year by Women into Science, Engineering & Construction (WISE); honoured as one of the UK’s most influential women in IT in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and named among the 500 most influential people in the UK in 2014 by specialist publishers Debretts. Bernadette Wightman, présidente de Cisco Canada, assure la direction de tous les aspects des activités nationales, dont celles liées à la vente, à la commercialisation, aux finances, à la distribution et aux services. Possédant plus de 25 ans d’expérience dans le secteur, Mme Wightman est entrée au service de Cisco il y a 15 ans. Elle présente une feuille de route exemplaire en matière de direction d’équipes de vente tant dans des marchés émergents qu’établis. Mme Wightman a été nommée personnalité montante de l’année dans le monde des affaires par Women into Science, Engineering & Construction (WISE) en 2011, 2012 et 2013, prix décerné aux femmes les plus influentes du secteur des TI au Royaume-Uni. Elle a aussi été nommée l’une des 500 personnes les plus influentes au Royaume-Uni en 2014 par Debretts.
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