On August 29, 2022, Siemens Canada proudly celebrated 110 years of its presence in Canada. It all started in Montreal, where the first Canadian head office was officially opened in 1912.
From there, the journey of Siemens in Canada involved many significant milestones including the first modern light rail systems in North America in Edmonton in 1975, the infrastructure for the 1967 Expo in Montreal and the technology for Toronto’s SkyDome roof (now Rogers Centre).
Today, much of Siemens’ technology is focused on making Canada an even better place to live. Healthier, smarter buildings, a more sustainable transportation sector, the energy transition and future-looking industry sector are at the heart of the company’s purpose.
During the pandemic Siemens used the opportunity with many employees working safely from home to convert a substantial portion of its Oakville, Ontario headquarters into a showcase for these technologies that address climate change, the 4th Industrial revolution and digitalization across different sectors.
As part of anniversary celebrations, Siemens invited guests including customers and Oakville Mayor Rob Burton to experience the new headquarters and co-creation space. Siemens colleagues demonstrated everything from IoT building applications to its electrical grid infrastructure portfolio and a Smartflower solar microgrid – a visible showpiece in front of the Oakville building that is visible from the QEW.
Siemens has been a proud corporate citizen of Oakville for more than 10 years and is engaged in the community in a variety of ways. A partnership with Tree Canada and Conservation Halton have made it possible for employee volunteers to plant almost 5,000 trees in the town over the past decade, contributing to Oakville’s goal of a 40% tree canopy by 2057. Many local food banks, toy drives, animal shelters and other non-profit groups have also benefitted from Siemens employee-led corporate citizenship programs.