Canada chases world’s best hi-tech skills

Canada is striving to become one of the most tech-savvy countries in the fast-developing technological world by enticing some of the most innovative minds in the world to work there, including Australians.

Unlike Australia, where government support for innovation is minimal, Canada is joining countries like India in welcoming the keyboard entrepreneurs of the future from overseas.

India, with government support, is opening a dedicated television channel for start-ups and now Canada is offering paid jobs with lucrative perks to lure the cleverest and most innovative.

Leading agency MaRS (correct) says 14 Canadian tech start-ups have hundreds of positions on offer in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

The jobs offer above-salary incentives from the bizarre to the generous including mediation sessions, stock options and working from home arrangements.

MaRS says its role is bringing together the innovation community to grow the economy and make an impact.

“From advisory services to connections to talent, capital, customers and more, MaRS offers a range of high-value services that help high-growth companies succeed,” it says.

 “We also provide access to the MaRS ecosystem, a curated community of entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, academics and government partners.”

Sophisticated offices are among the many perks on offer to people working in Canada.

“From startups to scaleups, MaRS offers a range of services that help tech founders increase revenues and fuel competitive advantage. We work with more than 1,200 companies across the country, turning breakthrough ideas into products and services with global impact.”

Vacancies include:

Canvass Analytics

The company’s software platform uses AI and the Internet of Things to help global manufacturers streamline complex processes.

Job openings: Machine Learning Engineer, Account Executive, Senior UI/UX Designer, Front End Developer, HR personnel. Apply on the Canvass careers page.

Montreal-based Mylo aims to improve Canadians’ spending and saving habits by using machine learning to automatically round up purchases and place the change into a savings account. Openings: Bilingual Customer Support Specialist, Content Marketing & Communications Manager, Senior Javascript Engineer, Product Designer. Apply on Mylo’s careers page.


ecobee helps people save energy and money through their smart Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat. Located on Toronto’s waterfront, this startup offers stock options, volunteer programs, demo days and full health benefits.

job openings: Thermostat Technology Director, Accounts Payable Analyst, Senior Graphic Designer, Integrations Developer, Technical Support Representative. Apply on ecobee’s careers page 


eSight develops electronic glasses that let the legally blind see, improving the lives of their customers every day.

Job openings: Channel Strategist, UX/Product Intern, Mobile Developer, Senior Software Engineer, Clinical Sales Representative, Experience Leader. Apply on eSight’s careers page.


InteraXon is the maker of Muse, a brain-sensing headband that aids in meditation by providing real-time feedback on mental activity, heart rate, breathing and body movements. Based in central Toronto, the company offers benefits and perks like stock options, flex hours and meditation sessions.

Job openings: Retention Marketer, Custom Care Associate, Embedded Developer, Product Manager, Product Developer. Apply on InteraXon’s careers page.


GHGSat is a Montreal-based startup taking on climate change using satellite technology.

Job openings: Sales Coordinator, Systems Specialist, Analytics Software Developer, Software Developer. Apply on GHGSat’s careers page


What they do: BioConnect’s technology helps businesses verify a person’s identity through their fingerprint, iris or behavioural characteristics for maximum cybersecurity and protection of assets. With a central location in Liberty Village in Toronto, BioConnect offers its employees competitive perks like health benefits, corporate gym memberships and extra-curricular opportunities such as President’s Club or hackathons.

Current openings: Graphic Design Intern, Marketing Intern, Sales Operations Coordinator, Senior iOS Developer, Strategic Account Manager, Director of Product Management Apply on BioConnect’s careers page.

Deep Genomics

Deep Genomics uses an AI-powered platform that understands the molecular basis of genetic diseases, analyses drugs and identifies the most promising of them for further development. Perks include flexible vacations, stock options and health benefits.

Current job openings: Laboratory Technician, Machine Learning Scientist, Medical and Genetics Curator, Computational Biologist, Senior Platform Engineer. Apply on Deep Genomics’ careers page.


Using machine learning and personal curation, Toronto-based Hubba matches independent and craft brands with buyers. In their words, joining their team means surrounding yourself with boundary-pushing people who are “light on ego and high on curiosity.”

Current job openings: Senior eCommerce Developer, Market Development Representative, Senior Product Designer, Senior Backend Developer. Apply on Hubba’s careers page.


With offices in Toronto and Vancouver, Progressa offers personalised debt relief and encourages socially responsible financial options for Canadians. The company emphasises its core values like humanity, integrity and excellence.

Current job openings: Underwriter, Financial Service Representative, Senior Network Administrator, Cash Accountant, UX Designer. Apply on Progressa’s careers page.

Coherent Path

Coherent Path is a predictive analytics company working with retailers to build relationships with their customers through digital marketing, email campaigns and machine learning. Employees get paid parental leave, competitive salary packages and extended health and dental benefits.

Current openings: JavaScript Developer DevOps Developer, Backend Software Developer, Senior Frontend Software Developer. Apply on Coherent Path’s careers page