CBC: Last month, Roy Pereira, CEO of Toronto startup zoom.ai, received so many applications for a software engineering position from U.S.-based job seekers that he thought they were fake.
“I thought it was maybe bots spamming us,” he remembered, noting only about one per cent of the company’s past applications had come from the States.
The applicants he interviewed, many of whom were living in Silicon Valley, praised Toronto’s tech scene and expressed doubts about how they’d fare under the mercurial immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump.
“There was a burgeoning high tech revival [in Toronto] happening aside from the Trump election. Without a foundation of that [sector], there would be nothing to come here for,” said Elan Pratzer, a managing partner at executive search firm Caldwell Partners.