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Top Canadian Universities for Computer Science – 2017 Ranking

Computer Science is one in demand degree  that can you set up for life with salaries floating around $80k – $120k for 3-8 years of experience, and some new grads finding themselves getting as much as $60k-$80k starting salaries after finishing university.

Salaries could be higher if you are a Canadian citizen and decide to venture off to Silicon Valley where some recent software engineering grads from below top 3 universities can make as much as $100k Canadian as their first job salary in sunny California.

Using scientific data from academic publishing company Elsevier, Macleans have crunched the data to come up with the following top 20 list where to get your computer science degree in Canada.

Macleans used the following five criteria to calculate the scores: field weighted citation impact (FWCI) at 35 per cent, fractional publications at 10 per cent, fractional citations at 10 per cent, program reputation at 35 per cent and research reputation at 10 per cent.

What is FWCI , fractional publications and citations you might ask? It measures the impact of research at each university by calculating how often a paper gets cited. Fractional publications measure the volume of papers published at each university and Fractional citations measure how often a paper was cited and also take into account if there are multiple authors on a paper.

You might also check out Top 1000 universities and how they are ranked in the World , and to see which Canadian universities made it to Top 100.

Best Computer Science Universities for 2017 across Canada

 

20. Western University

17. York University (tie)

17. University of Saskatchewan (tie)

17. Saint Mary’s University (tie)

 

17. St. Francis Xavier (tie)

 

14. McMaster University (tie)

14. Concordia University (tie)

12. University of Ottawa (tie)

12. University of Manitoba (tie)

11. University of Victoria

10. University of Ontario Institute of Technology

9. University of Calgary

8. Queen’s University

7. Universite de Montreal

6. Simon Fraser University

 

Top 5 Universities for Computer Science in Canada are

5. McGill University

4. University of Alberta

2. University of Waterloo (tied)

2. University of British Columbia (tied)

Best University For Computer Science

1. University of Toronto

Top 10 Jobs in Canada in 2017 (hint – it’s a tech world, baby)

Canadian parents – get your kids into computer science or software engineering classes as soon as possible.

Jobs website Indeed.ca posted a list of top ranked jobs in Canada and the tech jobs dominated the space.

The top 3 jobs were Full stack (backend + frontend) developer, DevOps (systems admin + shell scripting developer), and Backend Developer.

According to Paul D’Arcy, senior vice-president of Indeed, in a statement:

Canada is a “booming hub for tech innovation”.

“The first thing that surprised us was how dominant tech-related roles were. We expected it to be a more diverse list that better represented the diversity of the Canadian economy, but it turns out that there’s been a lot of growth in the tech sector in Canada.”

Because there is such a big demand, there are not enough qualified applicants to fill the roles.  Companies keep the jobs open for a lot longer because they can not find the right talent.

The growth is here to stay. Canada tech industry is almost a $120b dollar industry, 7% of Canadian GDP.

List below includes title of the job, average salary across Canada, # of jobs posted on Indeed, and % over last year increase of jobs posted.

1 Full Stack Developer $80,268 1,167 190
2 DevOps Engineer $97,739 709 130
3 Back End Developer $77,853 365 45
4 Real Estate Agent $108,741 150 36
5 Android Developer $86,749 527 27
6 Analytics Manager $94,360 107 23
7 User Experience Designer $80,815 642 22
8 IT Security Specialist $80,969 334 19
9 Optometrist $105,790 98 19
10 Python Developer $85,675 187 13

28 Tech Companies Hiring in Toronto Right Now

Toronto is #3 best global city to work in tech, according to  Expert Market (https://www.fastcompany.com/3061460/the-best-global-cities-for-working-in-tech), a U.S.-based B2B marketplace. You can not be the best without hiring the best talent.

See the list of companies below hiring tech candidates right now according to the research at Indeed.com:

Top Hat is a cloud educational platform that leverages mobile to turn classrooms into interactive learning experiences. Bonus: Daily breakfast and lunch provided. Open tech roles at Top Hat.

Influitive helps companies mobilize their advocates to increase referrals. Bonus: Catered lunches, flexible vacation policies, and Apple gear. Open tech roles at Influitive.

Askuity is a retail analytics platform. Bonus: Pet-friendly workplace. Located in the heart of Toronto. Open tech roles at Askuity.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTcZHMlF7lE/?taken-at=1020480969

Achievers makes employee engagement and recognition tools to drive business outcomes. Bonus: Loft-style converted warehouse with a mezzanine that hosts free yoga and video game contests. Fully stocked kitchen. Open tech roles at Achievers.

TradeRev provides software for the global automotive remarketing industry. Bonus: Gym membership, flexible hours, game room, casual dress, free espresso and snacks. Open tech roles at TradeRev.

Flipp is an app for searching and browsing local flyers and weekly ads to streamline shopping and save money. Bonus: Friday lunches, work-from-home options, flex hours. Open tech roles at Flipp.

BiblioCommons optimizes the websites and online catalogs of public libraries. Bonus: Demo sessions every Friday and year-round hackathons. Open tech roles at BiblioCommons.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BN0YPAnDf6a/?taken-at=312530136

TribalScale is a digital firm specializing in the design and development of world-class digital products. Bonus: Continuous integration and deployment ensures the highest quality product from the early stages of development. Open tech roles at TribalScale.

Jonah Group designs and builds high-performance custom digital solutions with an emphasis on great user experience, robust architecture, and perfect fit.  Bonus: Downtown Toronto location. Free food and beverages every second Thursday night. Flexible working hours. Open tech roles at Jonah Group.

Softchoice designs and implements advanced IT solutions to meet business objectives. Bonus: Onsite gym, monthly beer cart, green commute options. Open tech roles at Softchoice.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTFNV02BB9f/?taken-at=2619

Drop links digital rewards with debit card use. Bonus: Team retreats, flexible schedules. Located by the St. Lawrence Market. Open tech roles at Drop.

Ethoca is a secure network for card issuers and merchants to connect and work cooperatively outside the payment network. Bonus: Challenging, growth-stage environment where each engineer has an integral impact. Open tech roles at Ethoca.

CareGuide is a streamlined portal that connects caregivers and new gigs. Bonus: Ruby tech stack; front-end is a mix of BackboneJS and React. Open tech roles at CareGuide.

League creates wellness culture in the workplace by supplying access to healthcare providers and spending accounts for employees. Bonus: Healthy meals. On-site yoga classes. Unlimited PTO. Open tech roles at League.

Overbond unites all players in the bond market through its secure digital platform. Bonus: Named by PayPal as one of the “FinTech Five” for 2016. Open tech roles at Overbond.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMUXnLdA4tA/?taken-at=1038786226228257

Repable provides real-time analytics for gamers. Bonus: Lively tech team combines passions for gaming, eSports, and data science. Open tech roles at Repable.

Unata modernizes grocery shopping by integrating online and in-store shopping. Bonus: Free food and beer, in-office board games, movies, and ping-pong. Open tech roles at Unata.

Zoom.ai is designing a digital personal assistant for the workday. Bonus: Cool, inventive work centered on practical applications of AI. Open tech roles at Zoom.ai.

CSA Group fosters global health and environmental standards. Bonus: Mission-driven nonprofit. Open tech roles at CSA Group.

KEV Group streamlines school accounting and online payments. Bonus: Flex hours, casual dress, and continuing education. Open tech roles at KEV Group.

FleetComplete provides an integrated GPS vehicle tracking system to connect fleets, locate assets, and dispatch crews. Bonus: Ongoing social celebrations including Pie Day, Halloween Parade, Ugly Sweater Contest, and more. Open tech roles at FleetComplete.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPvQe3KDnhX/?taken-at=1028808266

Points runs a loyalty program platform that allows users to manage their loyalty programs in one place. Bonus: Snack-cart Fridays. In-office games. Flexible schedule options. Open tech roles at Points.

KUBRA provides leading customer experience management solutions. Bonus: Casual, flexible work environment. Board game nights. Open tech roles at KUBRA.

Manulife provides investment management advice and insurance. Bonus: Co-op program for students with international internship options. Open tech roles at Manulife.

Loblaw is Canada’s largest grocery chain with a dedicated division, Loblaw Digital, for eCommerce. Bonus: Tuition subsidies. Open tech roles at Loblaw.

Teranet manages Ontario’s online land registration system and digital data. Bonus: A culture of encouraged professional advancement and growth opportunities. Open tech roles at Teranet.

Wipro Technologies offers computer systems design, cloud, and other digital services. Bonus: PTO for volunteering. Open tech roles at Wipro.

 Ubisoft makes video games for consoles, PCs, and mobile. Bonus: Onsite fitness classes and childcare subsidies. Open tech roles at Ubisoft.

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Toronto is the best Canadian city in the world for tech, according to Savills

When it comes to tech, everyone knows San Francisco and Silicon Valley is the place to be. However due to cost of living, real estate firm Savills have analyzed the data to find other tech hub cities where your dollar goes further.

Out of 22 cities they have picked, there was only one Canadian city on the list. They looked at over 100 metrics such as # of days needed to start a business as well as access to VC money and transportation times.

Toronto was city # 5 out of 22 selected. Report is below:

5. Toronto, Canada

 

5. Toronto, Canada

 

Summary: “Toronto’s startup scene is booming, with around 3,000 ventures currently active and a number of Canada’s home-grown heavy hitters, including Shopify, Hootsuite and Kik, maintaining a presence in the city. Ranking highly for quality of life, North America’s fourth largest city has a bright future ahead as one of the world’s tech cities.”

City population: 2.8 million

City GDP per capita: $44,907

Established tech firm office rent per week per sq ft: $25

Prime residential rent per week: $968

Cost of a Flat White: $2.48

Startups per 1,000 people: 1.1

Average commute by employees working in key tech districts: 40 minutes

Cost of a single journey on local transport: $2.29

Annual passengers across the city’s airports: 43.4 million

You can compare Toronto to #1 city on the list below:

1. Austin, US

 

1. Austin, US

Summary: “Austin ranks as the world’s number one Tech City. IBM, Dell, and AMD all have a long-established presence here, and today low taxes, favourable real estate costs and a strong entrepreneurial culture mean the Texan capital maintains a thriving and innovative start-up scene, with access to some of the world’s top talent.”

City population: 932,000

City GDP per capita: $62,376

Established tech firm office rent per week per sq ft: $54

Prime residential rent per week: $1,002

Cost of a Flat White: $3.50

Startups per 1,000 people: 2.7

Average commute by employees working in key tech districts: 16 minutes

Cost of a single journey on local transport: $1.75

Annual passengers across the city’s airports: 11.9 million

 

Wondering what other cities made the list? See the list below:

You can also access the research here:  http://www.savills.co.uk/tech-cities/index.html#world

Vancouver and Toronto Ranked in Top 20 Startup Ecosystem around the World

The Startup Ecosystem Ranking report is out for another year and they have been some significant changes – London went up 3 places to #3, and Berlin went up 2 places to #7, and Beijing came in at #4.

Things look good for Canada as well especially if you work and live in Vancouver or Toronto region (Waterloo included). Toronto went up 1 spot to #16, and Vancouver went up 3 spots to #15. Unfortunately Montreal did not make the list.

Startup Genome is a global collaborative effort to help regions everywhere nurture and maintain thriving tech startup ecosystems. Insights gathered from 10,000+ startup companies and 300 partner organizations, provide a starting point for founders, employers, local leaders, and policymakers in 50+ cities around the world to make informed and timely decisions that drive innovation and economic growth.

In regards to Vancouver, report said:

Vancouver is leveraging its unique combination of assets: Hollywood North, a strong industrial foundation, enterprise data and cloud underpinnings, and a remarkably diverse talent pool, with over half its residents having a first tongue other than English.

The city may have the fewest number of startups in top 20, but their valuations are highly competitive. Its funding metrics point to the Vancouver ecosystem holding steady, not rising or sinking greatly.

Toronto was another story, the report said:

An estimated 2,100 to 2,700 startups thrive thanks in part to world-class engineering talent, strong entrepreneurial culture, an affordable rental market, and a global base of customers. It benefits from multicultural talent drawn from sixteen academic institutions…alongside generous tax credits, government grants, and favourable currency exchange.

 

Top 20 Startup Cities  as according to Startup Genome for 2017

  1. Silicon Valley (unchanged)
  2. New York City (unchanged)
  3. London (up from #6)
  4. Beijing (new entry)
  5. Boston (down from #4)
  6. Tel Aviv (down from #5)
  7. Berlin (up from #9)
  8. Shanghai (new entry)
  9. Los Angeles (down from #3)
  10. Seattle (down from #8)
  11. Paris (unchanged)
  12. Singapore (down from #10)
  13. Austin (up from #14)
  14. Stockholm (new entry)
  15. Vancouver (up from #18)
  16. Toronto – greater Waterloo area (up from #17)
  17. Sydney (down from #16)
  18. Chicago (down from #7)
  19. Amsterdam (unchanged)
  20. Bangalore (down from #15)

Toronto Startups Ecosystem That You Need To Know

The following graph was developed by Toronto Founder Institute’s Sunil Sharma and Kamal Hassan, see the draft of the #Toronto #StartupEcosystem Canvas…

It is everything you need to know about Toronto startup ecosystem summarized in one long image below. Enjoy.

More input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update: http://bit.ly/toronto_canvas.

Graph taken from: http://fi.co/toronto_canvas

15 Canadian Tech Entrepreneurs To Follow on Twitter

Recently, we showed you the top Canadian tech accounts on LinkedIn to follow if you want an inside look at the tech startup industry in Canada. Now, we’re focusing on the best and boldest tech experts that Tweet tips from across the country.

Follow these legendary pioneers in business and technology and your newsfeed will fill with riches, how to make it in business, and things you should or should not do. You’ll finally be that much closer to making your millions. American dream is alive and well but has moved north to Canada.

Here are our 15 favourite Canadian tech entrepreneurs on Twitter.

LP Maurice / Montreal, NYC
CEO & Co-founder of travel startup @Busbud. Entrepreneur, traveler, maker. Blog: @ASwellBlog.

 

Ian Jeffrey / Montreal
Father. Husband. Marketer. Speaker. Foodie. HABS fan. GM & CPO of True Key. Co-Founder of MTLinTECH & FounderFuel.

 

Tobi Lütke / Canada
Verified account @tobi @Shopify CEO by day, Dad in the evening, hacker at night. – Rails Core alumni; Author of ActiveMerchant, Liquid. Comprehensivist

https://twitter.com/tobi/status/831974361376686081

 

Stewart Butterfield / West coast
Slack boss • Flickr co-founder • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ • I’m trying my hardest!

 

Robert Herjavec / Wherever I need to be.
Dad, Husband, Founder & CEO of global cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group, Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Author

 

Ryan Holmes / YVR/SFO/NYC
Entrepreneur, investor, future enthusiast, inventor, hacker. Lover of dogs, owls and outdoor pursuits. Founder and CEO of Hootsuite.

 

Darrell Etherington / Toronto, ON
Transportation and automotive reporter at TechCrunch

 

Allen Lau / Toronto-Waterloo Corridor
Married2 @MrsEvaLau. @Wattpad CEO/cofounder. 3x entrepreneur. Two Small Fish Ventures cofounder. Jesus follwr. I luv wattpadding,gadgets,cars&making new things.

 

Shahrzad Rafati / Vancouver, Canada
<em?Founder and CEO @BroadbandTV – Avid about job creation, entrepreneurism, critical & creative thinking, and healthy lifestyles.

 

Andrew Casale – Toronto / New York
President & CEO of Index Exchange, sarcastic, sometimes thoughtful, ad tech exec Toronto / New York

 

Eva Lau / Canada
Co-founder of Two Small Fish Ventures, former Head of Community of @Wattpad. Married to @allenlau and most importantly, I’m a mom 🙂

 

Ted Livingston
Founder and CEO of @Kik

 

Michael Litt
CEO at @vidyard & loving it. Interested in video? What about the rise of the machines? How has technology allowed you to be more human?

Shaliza Somani / Toronto, Ontario
Shaliza Somani is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience specializing in internet marketing, business development and operations management.

 

Allan Wille / Ottawa, Canada
Father of two, husband, and CEO at Klipfolio. Cyclist, designer, optimist, and generalist.