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June 2, 2023

Spreading Innovation in Canada

Gathering of industry leaders, visionaries, and tech enthusiasts explored the power of simulation

On May 17, Hao Hu, Ansys Canada Sales Leader, welcomed customers, partners, and other tech enthusiasts to the city of Ottawa for the sixth annual Ansys Canada Innovation Conference. Attendees explored the power of simulation through keynote speeches, panel discussions, and expert-led technical sessions

Area Vice President Greg Margolis kicked off the Canada Innovation Conference

Area Vice President Greg Margolis kicked off the Canada Innovation Conference

Future Vision of Ansys

Area Vice President Greg Margolis kicked off the Canada Innovation Conference by sharing Ansys’ vision for the future of simulation that is focused on digital transformation, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and sustainability. He shared an example from Earth Rescue, an Ansys online series, and later explained how simulation is evolving.

“Supported by a new digital revolution, there is an opportunity to collectively define the future of simulation through the creation of simulation-driven, next-gen solutions,” he said. “Simulation is no longer the solution itself, rather it is the necessary capability that drives the solution.”

Area Vice President Greg Margolis

Ansys Area Vice President Greg Margolis

Hao Hu, Ansys Canada Sales Leader

Hao Hu, Ansys Canada Sales Leader

Steve Bleymaier

Ansys Chief Technology Officer for Aerospace & Defense, Steve Bleymaier

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

His Worship Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, then delivered an inspiring speech on his vision for Ottawa as a city and the future of technology in Canada. It was clear that Ottawa is open for business and opportunity is rampant.

The CEO of Invest Ottawa and Area X.O, Michael Trembley, was also present. He spoke about how Ansys helps Invest Ottawa and Area X.O assist the Canadian government and tech businesses in driving forward into new frontiers of innovation. Learn more about how Area X.O has partnered with Ansys by checking out the Area X.O Simulation Discovery Portal powered by Ansys!

Ansys Chief Technology Officer for Aerospace & Defense, Steve Bleymaier, closed out the keynote sessions by describing “the imperative for simulation in A&D,” and how Ansys’ breadth and depth enables customers to implement digital engineering, which reduces cost and risk while increasing reliability and availability.

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe

Michael Trembley

Michael Trembley, CEO of Invest Ottawa and Area X.O

Women in Technology Panel

For the first time in the event’s history, the Canada Innovation Conference held a Women in Technology panel where the strength of diversity and inclusion became clear. The panel was led by Ansys’ own, Marketing Specialist Rachel Betzner and included three incredible leaders: Department of National Defence Lieutenant-Colonel Melissa Reyes, Ansys Principal Technical Specialist Laila Salman, and Invest Ottawa Vice President, Strategy, Marketing, and Communications Sonya Shorey. The panel shared stories and data that reinforced the importance of developing, attracting, and retaining women from every walk of life in powerful science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The panel left several audience members so inspired that members who were only there for the women in tech panel decided to stay to learn more.

Women in Technology

Canada Innovation Conference Women in Technology panel

Women in Technology

Women in Technology at the Canada Innovation Conference

This year, the Canada Innovation Conference broke attendance records with nearly 3X the attendees compared to 2022. This really is a testament to the immense growth of interest and enthusiasm within the tech industry in Canada.

Unlocking Boundless Connections and Collaborations

The Canada Innovation Conference provided Ansys customers and partners with unparalleled networking opportunities, enabling professionals to connect, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships. Attendees immersed themselves in meaningful conversations, expanded their network, and fostered collaborations that will shape the future of the industry. Field Marketing Manager Mona Mattis and the Ansys Team cannot wait to see everyone again in 2024!

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