Bill Gates, co-founder Microsoft, commended the approach of Canada’s federal government to immigrants and refugees and its attitude to welcome several thousand refugees of Syria, saying that this ‘enlightened’ move would profit the North American country’s business sector.
Gates stated this in Vancouver on 20 September where he had gone to speak at the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Conference, which was an initiative to boost the technology and business relations between Canada’s British Columbia and America’s Washington state.
One of the richest men in the world was quoted by the Canada Press as saying that he felt that Canada was well placed. Apart from good, solid educational institutions, positive policies, having decidedly more forward-looking immigration policies than most countries was a genuine asset, said Gates.
He lauded the role of Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, for his part in lending a helping hand to people seeking shelter from the Middle East.
Gates also touched upon the need to deal with the gender gap in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the significance of investing in education.
According to him, it was not a coincidence that most high-tech jobs were located in places where there were top-quality universities.
Gates, who was addressing a gathering of business and government leaders, was accompanied by Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO.
Stating that he was very excited about the work they were carrying out in Vancouver, Nadella hoped that they could replicate the research and development partnerships with the University of British Columbia that are in place with the University of Washington. He said that the human capital would influence Microsoft’s future.
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