Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and views the move as a strategic opportunity to relocate its offices to a centre that fosters a rapidly growing innovation ecosystem.
Autodesk will occupy the second and third floors of the West Tower, a total of more than 60,000 square feet and one of its biggest footprints globally.
The company is also taking over the street-level space at the northwest corner of the building and will transform it into an event space and design sandbox for the community to explore and engage with new technologies that are shaping the future of making and manufacturing.
“I am delighted to welcome Autodesk to its new home at MaRS,” said Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS. “Autodesk’s 3D design leadership is evident in products and services around the world and across a broad range of industries, from advanced manufacturing to entertainment, from life sciences discovery to urban development. This capability is at the core of breakthrough innovation and will be incredibly valuable to our community. In addition, Autodesk has been an important partner of MaRS for many years. We know that amazing things will come from this expanded collaboration.”
Autodesk has had a strong presence in Canada for over 15 years and Toronto is home to one of its most diverse product teams internationally, focused on manufacturing, media and entertainment, consumer products and product lifecycle management.
“We’re thrilled to be moving to MaRS to be in close proximity to leading research groups and incredible talent,” said Gordon Kurtenbach, senior director of research at Autodesk. “MaRS is the heart of Toronto’s innovation scene where discoveries are translated into practical application, from the first use of insulin in the early 20th century to advances in stem cells and regenerative medicine today.”