International software firm to set up shop in Hamilton


Published January 21, 2020 at 5:45 pm

An international software company is setting up shop in Hamilton in the coming months and bring a significant number of tech jobs to the city in the process.

An international software company is setting up shop in Hamilton in the coming months and bring a significant number of tech jobs to the city in the process.

Q4 Inc., a firm that provides cloud-based investor relations to massive global corporations, announced Tuesday (Jan. 21) that it will be expanding into Hamilton this year, creating more than 140 new jobs in the city.

In a news release announcing the move, the company says they were attracted by Hamilton’s tech talent pool, affordability and quality of life.

The new 9,500-square-foot facility will be located at 59 King St. E in the heart of downtown — on the corner where Kresge’s used to be, across from Gore Park.

The firm said they also expect to expand to another 7,500 square-feet within the King Street building, bringing the total leased space to 17,000 square feet.

“We’ve been watching Hamilton’s tech growth closely, and we believe it’s well on its way to becoming one of the largest tech hubs in Ontario,” said Q4 CEO Darrell Heaps in the news release. “Our goal is to become the leading tech employer in this city.”

The new office space, which will open officially in March, will feature an auditorium-style space for meetings, wellness room, games room, space for bike racks and on-site shower facilities, as well as an outdoor patio during the summer months

“Hamilton offers all the right elements for our employees,” Heaps said. “It’s affordable, has fantastic restaurants, vibrant nightlife, a great arts scene, and offers active green space nearby. It’s also within close proximity to our headquarters in Toronto, providing easy knowledge-sharing across both offices.”

Hamilton is reportedly the fastest-growing mid-sized city in Canada for tech talent, with its tech sector growing nearly 53 per cent over the last five years. This booming industry is helping spur Hamilton’s downtown renewal.

“As our tech sector continues to grow, we’ve been working hard to cultivate and retain creative and skilled workers in our city, said Judy Lam, manager of Commercial DIstricts and Small Business at the City of Hamilton.

“With Q4, I feel they are at the forefront of a technology hub that’s going to be coming to downtown Hamilton. You won’t recognize the city in a couple of years.”

The company says they are looking to partner with local post-secondary schools, including McMaster University and Mohawk College, to help further develop the talent pipeline locally.

Headquartered in downtown Toronto with offices in New York, Copenhagen and London, Q4 currently employs 250 people worldwide. 

The company says they plan to hire more than 140 people over the next 12 to 18 months with approximately half of those hires happening over the next three months.

They aim to fill a wide range of positions including web developers, quality assurance specialists, implementation managers and data entry coordinators.

The company will be hosting a career fair on Feb. 5 for both professional hires and recent graduates. The career fair will be held from 5-7 p.m. at 12 James St. North on the second floor.

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