If you’re active in the Toronto technology scene, you may know Snowflake’s Canadian Managing Director Bilal Khan, who was the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s largest scale-up innovation hub, OneEleven.
Appointed Snowflake’s Head of Canada last year, Khan is now set to lead a major team as the company this week announced that Toronto will be its official Canadian headquarters.
“Snowflake has chosen Toronto as its Canadian Headquarters and one of four global engineering hubs,” stated Khan.
The data cloud company has acquired 100,000 square feet of office space at the intersection of Bay and Adelaide in Toronto, it announced. Snowflake plans to hire “hundreds of engineers” over the next few years, it says.
The Canadian HQ will be where Snowflake builds out Native Applications, its enterprise platform.
“Native Applications Framework was built to enable customized development of data apps in a secure and efficient way with the infrastructure being managed by Snowflake,” said Greg Czajkowski, SVP of Engineering at Snowflake. “Engineers from our Toronto engineering hub, which we are quickly building out, will continue to develop this framework.”
“Toronto is home to world-class engineering talent making this decision a simple one,” added Khan. “Canada is home to an exciting and growing technology industry with startups that are innovating rapidly and a list of newly minted unicorns that are competing globally.”
“This talent is top-tier and I am energized by our continued growth in the Canadian market,” affirmed Czajkowski.
The company also announced at its annual user conference Snowflake Summit 2022 in Las Vegas the launch of Unistore, a new workload that expands the capabilities of Snowflake and delivers a “modern approach to working with transactional and analytical data together in a single platform.”
Growing technology companies like Snowflake are hiring in Toronto and across Canada year-round on the Tech Talent Job Board.