PLATO Testing Arrival Builds SSM Lottery and Gaming Cluster Momentum

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, CAN – September 20, 2018): Canadian software testing company PQA Testing has announced today that it will establish a PLATO Testing lab in Sault Ste. Marie this fall. PLATO, a subsidiary of PQA, will work towards creating a centre of gaming software testing expertise in the city, with the potential to create upwards of 60 careers for local First Nations.

With a unique mission to train and employ Indigenous people as software testers, PLATO Testing CEO Keith McIntosh sees an opportunity in Sault Ste. Marie to capitalize on the growing lottery and gaming cluster by leveraging the wealth of talent resources in the local Batchewana and Garden River First Nations and Metis Nation.

“One of the biggest challenges in establishing a new office anywhere is lining up work, talent and support, all at the same time,” said McIntosh. “We’ve had really good support in Sault Ste. Marie, from the UP team, to the city, and on the talent front with the local First Nations. It certainly seems that we’re welcome there, so we’re excited about the possibilities.”

Denis Carignan, President of PLATO Testing, feels optimistic about the growth potential for the Sault Ste. Marie testing lab. “While much of the work we will undertake in Sault Ste. Marie is with clients outside the region, we are encouraged by the positive response we have received from businesses in the lottery and gaming cluster and look forward to working with them.”

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.

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 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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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 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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