Last week Steve Carlisle, President and Marketing Director of GM Canada, paid a visit to Carleton University and the University of Ottawa as part of the General’s efforts to drive innovation for the future of the automobile by speaking to future engineers.
“The impressive talent and innovation happening at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa can help support the new range of advanced engineering and technical skills our industry needs as it transforms. I was impressed by both as we are looking to hire more than 100 engineers and also at exploring areas we might work together with both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa,” said Carlisle.
In fact, GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre is in the process of hiring more than 100 software and controls engineers to support a new mandate related to “connected car” systems, environmental and urban mobility solutions.
“Our research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design continues to expand and adapt to meet emerging needs. We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with GM Canada to create new co-op placements and career opportunities for our students and initiate joint research projects,” said Rafik Goubran, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University.
Carlisle spoke to students of both universities and explained the automotive industry’s rapid shift to electrified and autonomous vehicles. He also explained how these changes can lead to improved safety, less pollution, and an economical benefit in Canada. In addition to his speech, Carlisle met with faculty to assess opportunities to support GM’s demand for engineering and R&D employees for its Canadian sites.
“It was great to welcome Mr. Carlisle and his collaborators to our faculty during our annual Graduate Poster Competition. Our students and professors truly appreciated this unique opportunity to showcase their expertise and capabilities while learning more about the exciting vision and goals of GM Canada,” said Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa.