PLATO Testing Brings “Real Opportunities for Indigenous People”


PLATO Testing Brings “Real Opportunities for Indigenous People”

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, CAN – September 20, 2018): With a mission to create IT sector jobs for Indigenous people, Canadian software services company PLATO Testing has announced today that it will create a software testing lab in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg.

PLATO Testing addresses the technology talent shortage in Canada by bringing training and employment to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit across Canada.

The company currently employs over 60 full-time Indigenous people in the IT sector, and sees potential to employ up to 60 more in their Sault Ste. Marie testing lab. PLATO is expecting to take in their first training cohort this fall, and that class will begin working on testing solutions out of Sault Ste. Marie in early 2019.

PLATO President Denis Carignan is excited about the opportunity to work with the local community, and most importantly with the Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, and Metis Nation, to discover local talent. “PLATO was created to deliver a valuable service to software companies while addressing some of the issues for Indigenous Canadians that came out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report,” he said. “We can bring training and meaningful careers to communities outside of major metropolises and, from there, we can compete with the world and we can succeed.  We set out with a mission to build a nation-wide Indigenous Canadian software testing team and we are excited about the prospect of expanding our business to Sault Ste Marie.”

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About PLATO Testing
PLATO Testing is developing and leveraging a network of Indigenous software testers across Canada.  PLATO Testing provides outsourced testing solutions to clients throughout North America, with a focus on projects that would have previously been sent offshore.

Established by industry veteran and PQA Testing founder Keith McIntosh, PLATO Testing addresses both the technology talent shortage in Canada and brings meaningful training and employment to Indigenous people.

Working with PLATO Testing, whether as a client or as part of the team, makes a positive impact.

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About PQA Testing
Founded in 1997, Professional Quality Assurance Ltd. (PQA) is Canada’s leading independent solutions provider of quality assurance and software testing services through a team of over 100 professionals. Headquartered in Fredericton, NB, PQA has additional delivery offices located across Canada.

PQA offers a “Test Smarter” testing process that includes methodologies, frameworks and tools to ensure that testing projects are conducted in a well-managed and consistent manner across the entire software development life-cycle. We apply and tailor our methodologies and approaches to match your development and testing life-cycle, keeping your objectives and goals in mind. PQA can add value at any point in your testing process to help ensure successful project delivery.

PQA testers are not part time testers. We are dedicated professionals who will efficiently and innovatively test your application, reduce your risk and allow you to produce better quality software. Our experienced staff, proficient in the application of automated test tools and manual methodologies, can dramatically expedite testing times.

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About UP
To bolster economic and job growth in Sault Ste. Marie’s unique Lottery and Gaming cluster of companies, UP pursues new industry partners, business environment enhancements and innovation collaborations, while elevating lottery and gaming industry awareness of SSM’s cluster and specialized talent resources. UP is a major project division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, whose mission is to strengthen and diversify its knowledge economy. UP intensifies Sault Ste. Marie’s business performance infrastructure for the Lottery and Gaming cluster partners, helping them grow their markets from a Sault Ste. Marie base within a massive sector of the global entertainment technology industry.

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