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It’s not every day that a company doubles its office in size. But Alphawave Semi has done just that – and that requires some new digs in Kanata North.  

The semiconductor company recently announced the establishment of its new, 20,000-square-foot facility on March Road, which will be home to 200 employees – a 100 per cent increase in headcount from a year ago.  

In a recent interview, CEO Tony Pialis said the company’s decision to expand its Ottawa foothold was part of a concerted effort to be a positive impact on Canada’s technology industry. 

“We’re incredibly excited about our expansion in Ottawa. It’s a city that has a rich history in technology and a thriving tech community. The talent we’ve found here has been instrumental in fueling our company’s growth and success,” he said. 

He added that while many Canadian tech firms move to the U.S., or are purchased by larger Silicon Valley venture capitalists, he has worked hard to keep the company rooted in Canada, while it grows globally.  

“We’ve been looking for a location with a vibrant ecosystem of technology companies, research institutions, and startups. Kanata offers all of these and more, making it the ideal place for us to establish our new headquarters,” Pialis said.  

“We are thrilled to join the thriving tech community in Kanata and believe our presence here will contribute to its ongoing growth. We look forward to creating new job opportunities and working closely with local companies and institutions to foster innovation.”  

A sign of things to come for Alphawave Semi

The company’s expansion in Kanata demonstrates Canada’s ability to attract world-class technology firms and further solidifies its position as a global player in the tech industry, he added. 

As demand for high-speed connectivity continues to rise, driven by IoT, 5G, and AI applications, Alphawave Semi’s position as a trusted provider of high-performance connectivity solutions is solidifying.  

By investing in cutting-edge infrastructure and cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment, the company aims to inspire further growth and strengthen its position as a global leader in the semiconductor industry, Pialis said. 

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Speaking about the new 20,000-square-foot facility, which has more than 4,000 square feet of laboratory space, Pialis highlighted its inclusive design, stating, “We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment will foster innovation and collaboration within our team, as well as with the wider Kanata tech community.” 

Pialis expressed optimism for the future, saying, “As we continue to expand and innovate, we are confident that our new home in Kanata will be a catalyst for the region’s ongoing success and help cement Canada’s reputation as a hub for technological advancement.” 

Written by Melanie Coulson, with photos provided by Alphawave Semi. 

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