Located at Place Ville Marie, new facility is first of its kind at SAP globally and will create new high-tech jobs, strengthening its position as a hub for retail, e-commerce and industry cloud solutions
Montréal, January 19, 2021 – SAP Canada today announces a new investment in Montreal to co-locate its existing SAP Labs office in the city to a brand-new space at 5 Place Ville Marie and add 30 employees to its team. This is the first SAP office in the company’s global network to be purpose-built for the future of work and will be a demand-driven space to accommodate the future of work in a post-pandemic world. The multi-million dollar renovation of SAP Canada’s new space at Place Ville Marie is indicative of SAP’s commitment to the Quebec market, which the company views as a world-class technology hub.
“SAP has a deep history in Montreal, and we recognize the city as a global innovation hub with incredible talent and tech ecosystem,” says Cindy Fagen, Managing Director, SAP Labs Canada. “With this new office in the city, we are cementing our position as one of the Montreal’s leading employers and a key player in Canada’s growing digital economy. The new office will be designed to support our people with a space that enhances productivity, innovation and collaboration. Globally, SAP is looking to this new Montreal facility as a visionary workspace model from which to draw inspiration for other offices around the world.”
Further signaling SAP’s investment in Montreal, the new Place Ville Marie office will also include the creation of a new engineering unit, to work on SAP’s Consumer Industry Cloud, which builds custom technology solutions for more than two dozen industries globally. This investment will immediately create 30 net new positions, bringing the total headcount for SAP Montreal to 1,000 employees. More growth is expected throughout 2021.
“The crisis caused by the pandemic affects downtown Montreal, but it has not made the city any less attractive, as shown by SAP’s decision to open a new office in Place Ville-Marie. Our habits will be forever changed due to COVID-19 and it’s especially interesting to see this new office that will be designed to meet the needs of employees at the end of the pandemic. The city can keep counting on its exceptional workforce in the digital sector, which is key to the city’s economy and it will certainly play a critical role in its economic recovery. We are proud to be able to count on SAP Labs’ contribution to the downtown core,” said the Mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante.
Montréal International, Greater Montreal’s economic promotion agency, is working with SAP Labs Canada on its expansion. “2021 is starting strong! SAP’s project is a great example of the key role foreign businesses play in driving economic growth in the region, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such investments will create highly qualified jobs in Montreal’s downtown core, as well as contribute to support the existing business ecosystems and the area’s commercial recovery. Since 2018, Montréal International has assisted more than 100 foreign investment projects in Montréal’s downtown core, for a total of more than 3 billion dollars, creating some 12,000 new jobs,” said Stéphane Paquet, President and CEO of Montréal International.
“The announcement regarding the opening of SAP Canada’s new office speaks to the vitality of our technology ecosystem,” noted Hubert Bolduc, President of Investissement Québec International. “We are very proud to see a key player in the enterprise application software industry continue to make major investments in our city. We will continue to stand by Cindy Fagen and her team, while supporting her efforts to attract foreign talent.”
Designed by renowned Sid Lee Architecture, the new office will address the realities of work in a post-pandemic world. Through the construction of the new office, SAP is creating a new kind of flexible environment that accommodates the new reality of work. The new Montreal office will consist of approximately 65,000 square feet across the top two floors at 5 Place Ville Marie and will replace SAP’s existing offices on Robert-Bourassa and de Maisonneuve.
The future of work at SAP will be characterized by flexibility. This mode of working will prioritize 4 Cs: concentration, collaboration, communication and community.
“The space is activated with strategies that foster culture and innovation. The narrative is based on a new concept we like to call ‘home base destination’ – that provides the teams with dedicated spaces, which are highly flexible to meet their ever-changing needs. Now more than ever, in a post-COVID era, our goal is to enhance a sense of belonging, and for people to feel motivated and inspired by their working environment,” says Marie-Andrée Busque, Architect and Project Director at Sid Lee Architecture.
Construction at Place Ville Marie is already ongoing with an expected move-in date of September, 2021. Those interested in applying to any open roles at SAP Montreal can do so at SAP Careers .
SAP’s strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent enterprise. As a market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP® system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables business and public customers across 25 industries globally to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people’s lives.
With more than 3,000 employees across the country, we are a highly regarded Canadian employer, recognized with 15 top employer awards in 2020 alone.
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