New York-based proptech startup SwiftCTRL opens Canadian office in Montréal

Montreal

SwiftCTRL Technologies Canada, an affiliate of New York-based proptech startup, SwiftCTRL, has opened its first engineering office and research and development centre in Montréal.

SwiftCTRL Technologies Canada is an employee-owned affiliate of SwiftCTRL, a proptech company that develops access control and visitor management services for property managers and enterprise companies.

“It’s a comfort working with outstanding engineering talent, great suppliers, and an innovative culture.”

SwiftCTRL was founded in 2020 by CEO Chip Kruger and other members of Kruger’s previous company, Waltz, which was acquired by WeWork in 2019. With a focus on integration and partnership, SwiftCTRL aims to provide a single access management portal for an individual’s entire real estate portfolio.

Key to the new office opening, SwiftCTRL has partnered with Investissement Québec and Montréal International to speed up its Canadian expansion and leverage the network offered by both groups, which are leaders in helping international companies grow in Montréal.

Kruger previously operated a Montréal subsidiary of Waltz, which was a mobile access control company. That office opened up in 2016 before Waltz was acquired in 2019.

The new Montreal center will focus on the development of SwiftCTRL’s commercial office access control and visitor management interfaces, which are aimed to help property owners and enterprises efficiently and safely provision building entry. SwiftCTRL expects to employ over 25 developers, product managers, and other technical support professionals over the next two years and hopes to expand further. Steeve Béliveau and Guillaume Vachon will co-head the new Canadian technology centre.

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“It’s such a pleasure to come back to Montréal again, where we had so much success last time working with the wonderful people at Investissement Québec and Montréal International,” said Kruger. “Building a team in Montréal with employee ownership gives us a competitive advantage, and it’s a comfort working with outstanding engineering talent, great suppliers, and an innovative culture, in a world-class city only an hour from our New York headquarters.”

In 2019, Montréal International supported 89 foreign direct investment projects in the city, which included 58 businesses that set up operations, meaning over one new company per week in the region.

“The arrival of SwiftCTRL confirms that the Montréal ecosystem is as attractive as ever to businesses looking to innovate and launch groundbreaking technologies,” said Hubert Bolduc, president of Investissement Québec International.

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