I think what they mean is if you add in all the space from the hospital research wings, and the extra hospital buildings, and all of the uoft buildings, the potential is to expand MaRS influence to 10 million.
Either way, I hope this gets done ASAP. Canada just ranked really horribly on a bunch of rankings in R&D related matters, I hope we can start reversing that trend.
Hey Guys, don't knock call centres. Many of my peers went on to work at one of the numerous ones here in London after getting there Master's. Of course, aside from some manufacturing and a few insurance companies, not entirely sure what else there is to do here. And the city wonders why graduates don't hang around.
Personally, I think the world needs more political analysts. Eventually, I’ll run out of degrees to do, and no call centre will want to higher me.
Despite both Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo’s claim to be “silicon valley north,” the area including north-east Toronto, Richmond Hill, and Markham has the highest concentration of high-tech computer related industry I believe. We seem to do well in that department, but, aside from AMD (formerly ATI), I’m not sure how much R&D goes on up there (Nortel in Brampton, I guess … but not the greatest success story anymore).
Toronto could be a hot bed for R&D if we pushed kids into technology related education, rather than having so many graduate from the social sciences and humanities. The one thing KW has going for it, is so many computer graduates (York and Toronto's programs suck by comparison).
As an aside, I wonder if BCE can move its headquarters to T.O. after it sells or merges itself with another company.
There's a lot of pharmaceutical companies in Mississauga like GSK, Biovail and AstraZeneca.