Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization Inc. (PLATO Testing) is establishing an Indigenous software testing centre in Sault Ste. Marie, thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $2.6 million. This FedNor funding will enable the company to offer training to Indigenous persons to develop and deliver software application and system testing services and solutions to private and public sector clients in Sault Ste. Marie and across the globe.
The investment was announced today by Sault Ste. Marie Member of Parliament, Terry Sheehan, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.
“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in Professional Aboriginal Testing Organization Inc. is building on our competitive advantages by helping businesses at the grassroots level to boost economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians.” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor
The new centre will assist in increasing the number of skilled and domestic software testers and information technology professionals available in Northern Ontario, as well as help address training and underemployment challenges faced by Indigenous groups across the region.
“This is an important investment in the Indigenous peoples of Northern Ontario that will help generate new business opportunities, support innovation and create good-paying jobs throughout the region. I am pleased that Sault Ste. Marie was selected as the base for PLATO’s latest training centre and I am proud of our government’s partnership with this forward-thinking Canadian tech company.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
“I am grateful to the Government of Canada for this support, through FedNor, illustrating the importance Canada places on innovation and skills development to strengthen our economy. PLATO Testing’s new strategic operation in Sault Ste. Marie brings us closer to a ready and able population of First Nation and Métis Peoples throughout Northern Ontario and a strong lottery and gaming industry to advance our Indigenous software testing enterprise.” said Keith McIntosh, founder of PQA Testing and PLATO Testing