Canada's Trudeau to meet Amazon CEO Bezos during United States visit



Last month, Amazon narrowed the list of potential HQ2 locations to 20, and Toronto was the only city outside of the make the next round. Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos is next on the schedule.

On Thursday, Trudeau toured the headquarters of cloud software company AppDirect and met with some employees. Toronto is home to Uber's research lab for driverless technology and attracted Google's high-tech Sidewalk Labs project.

Amazon expects to spend up to US$5-billion on a second headquarters, which it says will create 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Mr. Trudeau has lamented a "brain drain" of Canada's best tech minds, saying at a recent Google event in Toronto, "Quite frankly, we're exhausted of Google poaching our best graduates from the University of Waterloo and sucking them down to California".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau picked up promises of investments and jobs during his first official visit to San Francisco, where he promoted Canada as a destination for California technology firms frustrated by uncertain US immigration laws.

Trudeau is heavily courting USA technology companies to open offices in Canada as a way to prevent home-grown tech workers from leaving the country for work in the U.S.

While in San Francisco, Trudeau has been touting Canada's tech talent and virtues as a technology hub. His first meeting is with Salesforce CEO, Mark Benioff, and other tech leaders at the Salesforce offices in San Francisco.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff did not specify why the company chose Canada but he said, "Like you, we're a city that values diversity, we value equality and we also value innovation.We know we'll be able to have a great business environment in Canada". At least some of that enthusiasm translated into new investment.

Salesforce has announced it will pump $2 billion into its Canadian business over the next five years.

"We're working very hard and seriously to get there, but we know that any deal has to be a win-win-win", Mr. Trudeau said.

Trudeau's trip also comes as Canada and Mexico strive to address US demands for NAFTA reform, with the fate of the trade pact uncertain. "That means that we're going to have to ensure that we're standing up for Canadian interests as we move forward on a deal that works for everyone".

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