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MANITOBA IS A GREAT CHOICE FOR TECH TALENT 

Manitoba's tech scene is exploding with opportunity, and now is the time to make your mark. According to CBRE Research, in 2016, over 15,000 people were employed in the province's tech sector, and that number has now jumped to over 17,000.  Tech occupations include Software Developers and Programmers, Computer and Info. Systems Managers, and Technology Engineering related fields, with salaries ranging between $70-100 thousand dollars, double their non-technology counterparts.

SkipTheDishes continues to dominate by welcoming hundreds of new software developers this year. In a news release, company co-founder and VP of engineering Dan Simair said, "Skip has the capacity to develop skilled masters of innovation by strategically choosing to work only with those developers who have the ferocity and determination to become high performers."

Another exciting announcement is the opening of a Winnipeg office for video game company Ubisoft. Ubisoft veteran Darryl Long credits Winnipeg's techno-creative industry and innovative university and college programs for making it a hub of talent for the video game industry.

Brandon's NetSet Communications also continues to shine as the #1 rural Manitoba high-speed Internet provider. It offers support to commercial, government, and agriculture-based businesses and residential users.

Manitoba attracts so many new companies and industries because of its population’s diverse skills and expertise. Other categories of the growing and thriving ICT (information and communications technology) companies in the province include visual and motion graphics, master data management, systems design, e-learning, security, and financial software.

In addition to the well-established Manitoba companies, the list of successful and surprising local start-ups in Manitoba continues to expand. The province is always ready for a bright, well-executed idea. Ogoki Learning Inc. is an Ojibway People and Language App. CEO Darrick Baxter believes this technology can be used to preserve and link traditional teachings and languages to the more tech-savvy generation.

This is just one examples of the extraordinary companies that continue to help Manitoba's tech sector grow. The province is bursting with a vibrant and forward-thinking community, and it's a great time to take part in these advancements.

 

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SUCCESSFUL ICT COMPANIES NEED DIVERSITY

 

 With an unemployment rate of less that 3%, there are a great many opportunities to engage under-represented groups in the sector. For example:

  • Women represent 47% of Manitoba’s work force, but only 27% of the ICT work force in 2017. The unemployment rate for women in ICT professions in Manitoba is only 1.3%.

  • Youth (age 15 – 24) are also under-represented, and they are the most vulnerable demographic in the ICT sector in terms of job security. Our DisrupteED conference and youth-oriented training camps are designed to provide skills to enhance employment and job security.

  • Immigrants participate in the industry at a rate of 9%. ICTAM-funded programs like ComIT is working to assist immigrants in learning code so they can find better jobs within the tech industry.

  • Indigenous people represent less than 1% of employees in the tech sector. ICTAM and our partners are working hard to bring better connectivity to Indigenous communities in the north and train individuals in tech skills. 

One way ICTAM is promoting change is through MAVEN. This new platform is dedicated to supporting women and girls to pursue STEM related careers, and help achieve gender parity in the tech sector.