Canadian software testing company PQA Testing has announced today that it will establish a PLATO Testing lab in Sault Ste. Marie this fall. PLATO, a subsidiary of PQA, will work towards creating a centre of gaming software testing expertise in the city, with the potential to create upwards of 60 careers for local First Nations.
With a unique mission to train and employ Indigenous people as software testers, PLATO Testing CEO Keith McIntosh sees an opportunity in Sault Ste. Marie to capitalize on the growing lottery and gaming cluster by leveraging the wealth of talent resources in the local Batchewana and Garden River First Nations and Metis Nation.
“One of the biggest challenges in establishing a new office anywhere is lining up work, talent and support, all at the same time,” said McIntosh. “We’ve had really good support in Sault Ste. Marie, from the UP team, to the city, and on the talent front with the local First Nations. It certainly seems that we’re welcome there, so we’re excited about the possibilities.”
Denis Carignan, President of PLATO Testing, feels optimistic about the growth potential for the Sault Ste. Marie testing lab. “While much of the work we will undertake in Sault Ste. Marie is with clients outside the region, we are encouraged by the positive response we have received from businesses in the lottery and gaming cluster and look forward to working with them.”
PLATO is expecting to take in their first training cohort this fall, and that class will begin working on testing solutions out of Sault Ste. Marie in early 2019.