Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced earlier this week it opened its new Canada innovation hub in the heart of Toronto’s business and technology district to help clients grow, compete and transform in the digital economy. Accenture reported that as part of its investment in Canada, it is adding 800 new, highly skilled technology jobs by the end of 2020 and expanding its apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program, which is designed to foster inclusive innovation, gives under-represented communities the opportunity to participate in digital-economy jobs.
“The new hub is designed for clients to work side-by-side with their Accenture teams to co-innovate by ideating, rapidly prototyping and then scaling new products and services. Accenture starts with humans at the heart of every challenge, engaging local and global teams of experts and ecosystem partners to leverage the power of innovative and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and virtual agents to solve clients’ most significant challenges.”
While sharing more details about the hub, Julie Sweet, Accenture’s CEO of North America, stated:
“Our experience working with global clients across more than 40 industries has shown that continuous innovation is an imperative to succeed in the fast-changing digital economy. With our network of innovation hubs, we are bringing innovation to our clients’ doorsteps, enabling them to harness the power of emerging technologies to transform their businesses.”
Accenture added its innovation hub in Toronto is part of a network of 10 hubs in North America, which are connected to more than 100 Accenture locations around the world that seamlessly bring the best of Accenture’s global investments and insights to clients on the ground.