Why One US Footwear Solutions Provider Has Expanded to Canada

Canada has seemingly become an overnight tech hot spot. From companies like Drop and Rubikloud in Toronto to Salesfloor and Automat in Montreal, our neighbor to the north is quickly becoming the new spot for tech solution providers to open shop. New York-based Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), a global IT solutions and services company that has provided services to footwear brands from Aerosoles to Frye, is the latest firm to take note.

The outsourcing and business software applications company said it plans to expand operations in Canada, with CGS subsidiary Computer Generated Solutions Canada Ltd. set to create 100 jobs in the city of Saint John, New Brunswick.

“New Brunswick’s multiyear economic growth plan focuses our efforts on creating job opportunities across the province in a variety of sectors, including the information technology sector,” said New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant. “This economic opportunity is further evidence that our economic growth plan is working and that New Brunswickers offer a strong workforce that allows businesses to compete on an international scale.”

CGS Canada’s jobs will be “information and communication technology (ICT)-related” and will be focused on business support. A spokesman for the company said that the first jobs will be done “with support from the provincial government” and should be fully filled within the next four years.

The spokesman said these jobs “would contribute C$15.2 million in direct GDP for the province over four years, and generate $869,000 in provincial income taxes over the same period.”

CGS president and CEO Phil Friedman expressed his optimism about the new venture: “We are confident our new investment in Saint John will help strengthen our reputation with the businesses we serve.”

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