Techopia Live took advantage of a new broadcast location at the Red Dragon Golf Classic to grab Syntronic Canada – a new neighbour of the Marshes golf course in Kanata – and chat between holes about the company’s ambitious growth trajectory.
Darrell Wellington, vice-president at Syntronic’s Ottawa offices, joined us to talk about the Swedish engineering and design house’s ever-expanding local operations.
When Wellington joined the company four years ago, the employee count was one: him. Today, the headcount stands at 220, with ambitions to grow to 400 in the region over the next three years. The company recently moved into a new location next to the Marshes Golf Club on Terry Fox Drive to accommodate the rapid growth.
“Here in Ottawa, there’s an excellent depth of talent in the area as well as customers,” Wellington told Techopia Live.
Syntronic doesn’t craft its own products; rather, it helps companies with their own development process. Employees joining the firm in Ottawa are often working on one or two projects throughout the year, a refreshing workflow that’s helped Syntronic to attract many workers.
Also helping the firm grow is the lifestyle available to employees in Ottawa. Wellington says nearby amenities and activities such as skiing and hockey make life similar to Sweden, and the company has even brought up new hires from the United States who want to raise their kids in Canada.
Syntronic is also getting a bit of a boost from the Ontario government. Through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the province is matching 10 per cent of Syntronic’s investments in wireless product development in an effort to capitalize on Ottawa’s telecom talent base.
“We want to make sure that we can keep that here, rather than have the expertise go to other places in Canada,” Wellington said.
To hear more about Syntronic Canada’s plans in Ottawa and about KRP Properties’ annual golf tournament and charity drive, watch the video above.