At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Take a loot at some of the stories of individuals and organizations that inspired us across Canada in 2019.




1. Microsoft Canada wins Jim Flaherty Award for Leadership, Inclusion and Accessibility: In recognition of Microsoft Canada’s inclusion strategy and commitment, the Abilities Centre has honoured the company with the 2019 Jim Flaherty Award for Leadership, Inclusion and Accessibility. Read more 




2. MirrorHR – Epilepsy Research Kit for Kids: A 29- person team spanned the globe with participants from Canada and 3 other countries, who worked in 24- hour cycle to develop an app that connects to a wearable device and send alerts when seizure occur. I am confident that this project has potential to help more than 50 million people around the world, especially children who suffer from Epilepsy. Read more about this amazing project



Quebec government leading with its cloud first strategy

3. Microsoft helps Government of Canada take next step in digital transformation with Protected B Cloud Services: Microsoft becomes one of the first global cloud providers to be awarded certification for Government of Canada Protected B cloud services. This announcement marks a significant milestone for the public sector in Canada, and for the first time will enable the Government of Canada departments the opportunity to securely store, manage and process sensitive data and applications in Microsoft’s trusted Azure cloud services. Learn More



jj4. Microsoft Canada partners with the University of Waterloo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute to address society’s greatest challenges: The University of Waterloo has an outstanding reputation for ground-breaking innovation, and we are excited to partner with them, not only to provide leading Microsoft Azure technology but to provide funding and expertise for the important work of leveraging AI for social good. Read More




5. The power of start-ups in helping Quebec’s innovation economy grow: Microsoft Canada is investing more than $1 million in cash, devices and business services to Le Camp, to help empower businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs who fuel Quebec’s economy. Read More




  1. 6. Microsoft launches Soundscape, a free app to help blind and low vision Canadians navigate the world around them. As the next step on the journey to enabling a more accessible Canada for all, Microsoft Canada announced the availability of Soundscape, an app that empowers people with low or no vision to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience




  1. 7. Celebrate our differences and appreciate each other, together with Pride: In June Microsoft employees, along with their family and friends, marched at the Toronto Pride Parade. Many of our team members are passionate about diversity and volunteer their time to help make Microsoft Canada a place where all employees can thrive. Watch here




8. The University Health Network leverages Microsoft Azure and AI to bridge the gap between cancer research and treatment: According to the Canadian Cancer Society, nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and the disease continues to be the leading cause of death in Canada – 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer or cancer-related illnesses. When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, every day is critical. Cancer patients have very little room for miscalculation, delays, or human error. Learn More




9. Microsoft for Startups partners with BC Tech to accelerate startups on the West Coast Microsoft for Startups (Microsoft) and the BC Tech Association (BC Tech) are patnering to develop, strengthen and accelerate the growth of the startup ecosystem on the west coast of Canada. Through a series of joint events, local startups will have the opportunity to tap into Microsoft’s technical resources, business experts, and free cloud services, while leveraging BC Tech’s network and infrastructure. Learn More



sickids10. Enabling a new era of collaboration in healthcare communications: Embracing digital transformation can be a daunting task for many organizations. Especially for those in the healthcare sector, where the benefits of innovation must also meet the highest security, privacy and compliance standards – implementing new technology can be especially challenging. But an increasing number of healthcare providers and administrators ultimately understand how critical technology can be in improving workflows and productivity, realizing that it’s well worth the time and investment to make the change. Learn More







  1. Study finds four personas make up todays’s Modern Workplace: Research from Microsoft has identified four distinct workplace personality types (personas), each with different working styles and preferences. In addition to identifying the personas, the study also reinforced that it’s essential for leaders to truly understand the how different employees prefer to work in order to unlock their potential and equip them for success. Read More




ai12. AI Meets World, a six-part podcast series that Microsoft developed in partnership with Globe Content Studios, a division of the Globe and Mail about the evolution of AI. Listen here 




13. Microsoft AccountGuard Canada Launch: AccountGuard, a critical component of the Microsoft Defending Democracy Program, which is focused on four key priorities: protecting campaigns from hacking; protecting voting and the electoral process; increasing political advertising transparency; and defending against disinformation campaigns arrives in Canada 



Ahmed Adel standing with High School Interns14. Skilling for the future that has already arrived: At Microsoft, we believe it is our responsibility to help businesses, academic institutions, governments and individuals get the skills they need to succeed. That includes arming them with trusted technology solutions to innovate in today’s tech intense world. We are committed to upskilling 25,000 Canadians in 2020 and are investing $2 million in digital skills initiatives. Read More




15. Microsoft HoloLens 2: Since the release of HoloLens in 2016 we have seen mixed reality transform the way work gets done. We have unlocked super-powers for hundreds of thousands of people who go to work every day. From construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms, HoloLens is changing how we work, learn, communicate and get things done. We entered a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. Learn More


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