Thanks to Doug Ford, most Torontonians know that we live in a very literate city –a city of the arts. We know that our city is home to literary giants like Margaret Atwood, one of the world’s great novelists. They’ve come to see that this isn’t merely of interest to some snobbish artistic elite. They have come to see that at the base of this boiling pot of creativity is economic engine brings that hundreds of millions of dollars into our city every year and creates thousands of jobs.
What many haven’t yet realized is that within this same city is another equally creative centre — one that attracts some of the greatest minds in technology — the third largest technology centre in North America.
Most don’t realize that when they are riding the subway or walking down Yonge street, they could be standing beside some of the giants of the tech industry. To take only one example, how many average Torontonians know their city is home to Mark Surman. Who is Mark Surman? For those who don’t know him, Mark is the Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, which, among many, many things brings us Firefox. You might not know Mark, but you would have to have been vacationing off the planet to not know what Firefox is. But did you know how it’s linked to our city? Probably not.
In fact, most Torontonians really do not know how much prosperity the tech sector brings to the city. How much prosperity? Continue reading