Paris, France-based IT and services consultancy firm Astek, which specializes in information, scientific and technical engineering systems, today announced a new North American headquarters to be built in Montreal. The move is expected to create 100 jobs over three years.
Astek CEO Julien Gavaldon made the announcement today with Montreal’s mayor Denis Coderre on hand. Also present was Dominique Anglade, CEO of Montréal International, a group that promotes the Montreal economy and increased business in Greater Montreal.
“We value our relationship with our clients and are committed to providing them with know-how, expertise and innovative solutions, and to being close to them,” said Gavaldon. “Over time, we have developed strong ties with many North American clients, and Montréal, a true gateway to the continent, came as a natural choice when we decided to expand into this new market. Montréal is known for its dynamic research and development community, its pool of highly skilled workers, and its competitive and innovative business environment.”
The ICT industry drives Greater Montréal’s economy, employing 93,000 people and accounting for 73 percent of all ICT jobs in Québec.
Astek will also open a sales office in Toronto.
“Astek has been one of the big names in the European IT services and consulting industry since 1988. And I am proud and pleased that the company has decided to expand its operations to Montréal, a city internationally recognized for its information and communication technology (ICT) industry,” said Montreal’s mayor Coderre. “Earlier this year, Greater Montréal was ranked among the top 21 smart communities of 2014 by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). Our region is constantly innovating and moving forward, and the arrival of major players like Astek confirms our position as a world leader.”