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Well, it might not be a surprise to some of you, but despite the fact that I tweet about my hometown, prominently explain in my about page where I am based, and through several years of interaction online and offline with various colleagues, I often get:
“What? You’re Canadian?”
Baffling, I know, but in some ways, not really. The web is such a universal, borderless space, and as someone with “no accent” it might be hard to place me, or perhaps it’s easier to assume I’m American since a lot of the more prominent web workers come from there. (And, really, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume I’m Californian considering all the friends and family I have living there and the giant Filipino-American population in the Bay Area)
Now it’s nearing Canada Day, I want to take this opportunity to declare how proud I am living in the “Great White North” and I wish more technology companies and individuals were as forthcoming about this fact. Again, the web is a global village, but since the birth of the nation I live in is imminent, I’d like to point out a few companies you may not have known are/were Canadian (and maybe some companies you didn’t even know existed!).
- Veer – Yes, they have offices elsewhere and their printing is in the States, but their headquarters and starting place is in Calgary, Alberta
- iStockPhoto – Ditto above (Calgary).
- StumbleUpon – Started in Calgary by its Canadian founders
- Bioware – Love Mass Effect? Their main headquarters and starting place is here in my hometown, Edmonton, Alberta. My husband even used to work there. His credits are on Jade Empire.
- Investopedia – Yes, this massive financial education website (owned by Forbes) is based and is still in Edmonton, Alberta.
- Seek Your Own Proof – This is a collaborative enterprise from both sides of the border that started here in Edmonton, Alberta by a couple of colleagues of mine. They recently partnered up with Discovery Kids. Exciting times!
- Shopify – Hosted online stores from Ottawa, ON
- 1password – My fave password protector is from Aurora, ON
- FreshBooks Freshbooks handles time tracking and invoicing from Toronto, ON
- Research In Motion – Your Blackberry was born in Waterloo, ON
Now, that’s just a snippet of some of the sites and companies that work on Canadian soil. Please feel free to add more Canadian web and tech companies to the comments.
Happy (early) Canada Day!