An employment catalyst for autistic professionals
Montréal, October 20, 2020 — Auticonsult, a global IT consulting firm that employs consultants on the autism spectrum, announces the expansion of its Montréal team. The firm plans to have 100 employees in the metropolitan region by 2023. The group’s Canadian activities are experiencing strong growth and the demand for highly qualified consultants is increasing steadily.
Auticonsult is the first company in Québec to specifically employ IT consultants with autism or Asperger syndrome. The goal is to put their skills to work for the benefit of the clients’ projects. When they are well integrated into a team, autistic professionals provide neurodiversity that paves the way to new perspectives. Auticonsult’s professionals specialize in a variety of areas such as software development, data analysis, quality assurance and testing as well as cybersecurity.
“By leveraging the skills of our autistic consultants, everyone wins. We take great care in placing our employees on projects they are well suited to,” explains Pierre Bissonnette, General Manager, Auticonsult Canada. “We provide customized support to clients and our consultants for long-term contracts. This allows us to maximize our technological, economic and social impact.”
More than 400,000 people are on the autism spectrum in Canada. Of these, over 80,000 are highly qualified and are perfectly capable of holding a job. However, less than 15% of them are employed.
“We like to say that Greater Montréal is a fertile region for innovation. Auticonsult is proof that innovation can take many forms,” explains Stéphane Paquet, CEO of Montréal International. “The labour scarcity is particularly acute in technology industries. With its unique business model, Auticonsult is meeting this need by providing a previously overlooked talent pool—and this has been an across-the-board success!”
“Innovation is essential to building a strong and sustainable economy, and it is everyone's business," said Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International. In collaboration with Montréal International, our teams are supporting Auticonsult as it grows in Montréal. We are proud that they have chosen to make a long-term investment in Québec and, with the contribution of Investissement Québec-CRIQ experts, we will remain available to advise them throughout their innovation journey".
With a high demand for data quality and flawless software development, Auticonsult is proof that innovation can take many forms,” explains Stéphane Paquet, CEO of Montréal International. “The labour scarcity is particularly acute in technology industries. With its unique business model, Auticonsult is meeting this need by providing a previously overlooked talent pool—and this has been an across-the-board success!”
Founded in Berlin in 2011, Auticonsult has international offices in Germany, the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom and has 300 employees. Its investors include Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group Ltd., Felix and Susanne Porsche, Ananda Ventures GmbH, Ferd AS, Yabeo Capital and Ferst Capital Partners.
Montréal International (MI) is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the City of Montréal. Its mandate is to attract and retain foreign investment (companies and startups), international organizations, skilled workers and international students to Greater Montréal by providing support services tailored to their needs.
Investissement Québec’s mission is to play an active role in Québec’s economic development by spurring business innovation, entrepreneurship and business acquisitions, as well as growth in investment and exports. Operating in all the province’s administrative regions, the Corporation supports the creation and growth of businesses of all sizes with investments and customized financial solutions. It also assists businesses by providing consulting services and other support measures, including technological assistance available from its CRIQ business unit. In addition, through Investissement Québec International, the Corporation also prospects for foreign investment and assists businesses with export activities.
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