Guelph ranks seventh for leaders in software development

Guelph, Ont., December 14, 2017— Guelph ranks seventh in a national list of cities having a high concentration of software developers, according to Stacking Up: A snapshot of Canada’s developer talent.

“Guelph’s concentration of software developers speaks to our regional strengths in technology and innovation,” says Peter Cartwright, general manager of business development and enterprise services. “This is just one of the many reasons why companies are considering Guelph as a location for technology-driven businesses.”

The national list is part of a report released by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship in partnership with Stack Overflow this month. Rankings are based on an annual  survey completed by Stack Overflow earlier this year, as well as web traffic data to their site, “a website where software developers go to ask questions, share their knowledge and search for jobs.”

Web traffic data was broken into the number of Canadian software developers by city, and by role. Brookfield generated a score for each city by dividing the share of software developers in each city by role by the share of developers with the same role nationally. Higher scores indicate a higher concentration of software developers.

Guelph scored the highest in Canada in three developer roles: embedded developers, data scientists, and machine learning specialists. Overall, Guelph was ranked seventh in overall concentration of developers in Canada. Other top ten cities include Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver.

Guelph’s abundance of skilled software developers can be attributed to the proximity of current and past technology giants such as Magna International Inc., BlackBerry, Cisco Systems Canada Co. and Google. The recent restructuring of Blackberry provides a pool of experienced and qualified software developers that are available to start or join new companies in the future.

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For more information

Tyson McMann, Business Development Analyst
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-837-5600 extension 3525
tyson.mcmann@guelph.ca