28 August 2012

Siemens celebrates 100 years in Canada at their new Oakville headquarters

Burlington, ON – 28 August 2012 (CNW) - Siemens Canada officially kicks off its 100-year anniversary today with a celebratory event at their new 110,000 square foot, LEED certified headquarters in Oakville, to be completed in late 2012. 

Siemens Canada's parent company, Siemens AG was founded in Germany 165 years ago, and conducted its first work on the shores of Canada shortly after Confederation, laying one of the first transatlantic telegraph cables between Europe and North America, from Ireland to Halifax, in 1874. The company was chartered federally as the Siemens Company of Canada Limited in Montreal in 1912 and immediately sought to address the engineering and infrastructure needs of the young nation, helping to power the growth of Canada throughout the twentieth century. 

"I am honoured to celebrate this milestone with Siemens Canada, including our thousands of employees across this country, and our valued partners in industry and government," said Peter Löscher, CEO, Siemens AG. "Our continued success in Canada is built on these partnerships and a shared commitment to keeping Canada sustainable and competitive on a global scale." 

"With a hand in so many notable projects in this country's history, Siemens Canada has made its mark on the character of the nation," said Robert Hardt, CEO, Siemens Canada. "We've stood for innovation, quality and reliability for a century and our commitment to Canada will continue to define us in the future as we address the most challenging questions of our time." 

As Siemens Canada embarks on its second century, it continues to evolve but its goal remains the same; the company aims to deliver solutions to mitigate the issues that will define Canada in the twenty-first century and beyond, namely the challenges that are being defined by climate change, urbanization, demographic change and globalization. These challenges range from the conservation of scarce resources and efficient transportation of goods, to providing sustainable energy and caring for a growing and ageing population. 

Siemens has 4,400 employees in 61 offices and 13 manufacturing plants throughout the country, including the new headquarters in Oakville. Sales for Siemens in Canada in fiscal 2011 (ended September 30), were $3.0 billion CAD. 

Source: Siemens Canada