IBM Canada Head Office Building

IBM Canada's head offices are currently located in Markham, Ontario and have been there since the early 1980s. The current building IBM occupies is located at 3600 Steeles Avenue East and was completed in 1995. IBM Canada's previous head office was located across the street at 3500 Steeles Avenue East (now Liberty Centre, Markham).

The building rises from four floors on the west to seven floors at the east side. There is an underground ramp that is accessible from the left-most lane on east-bound Steeles Avenue that provides access to the building's parking area at the rear.

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IBM Canada Head Office Building at 3600 Steeles East

Former head offices 1920-1980s

Prior to the 1980s, IBM Canada was located in a sprawling complex at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. There are two main buildings at this site. The building located at 844 Don Mills Road was IBM's Canada manufacturing plant and head office and opened in 1951. After many additions to this building a second building on this site opened in 1967 (1150 Eglinton Avenue East) which became the head office and software research lab. When IBM Canada's head offices relocated to Markham, Ontario from Don Mills, their old site continued to operate as a manufacturing and research facility. Both facilities are now owned and operated by Celestica, an electronics manufacturing service provider and former IBM subsidiary, as its global corporate headquarters.

Prior to 1951, IBM Canada offices were located on 300 Campbell Avenue and Dupont Street in the city of Toronto's west end.[1] The plant is now home to Wayspa's Canadian operations (as 298 Campbell Avenue). During this period, and well into the 1950s, the company also maintained a downtown office suite located on King Street East immediately opposite the entrance to the famous "King Eddie" Hotel.

Year Address Architect Notes
1917 300 Campbell Avenue
1951 844 Don Mills Road Clare MacLean Addition to south side in 1954
1962 36 King Street East Clare MacLean
1966 1150 Eglinton Avenue East John B. Parkin Associates

New tenants in former Don Mills head office

The Don Mills location is now the main head office and a manufacturing location for Celestica. Celestica was created in 1993 by IBM Canada, during a difficult financial period where many assets were sold off and various means were used to downsize staffing levels.

The IBM software development facilities were not transferred to Celestica and were eventually relocated to the IBM Toronto Software Lab at 8200 Warden Avenue in Markham in 2001.

References

  1. ^ "Toronto plant in 1920". IBM Archives. IBM. Retrieved 2009-05-18.

Coordinates: 43°49′05″N 79°20′06″W / 43.81806°N 79.33500°W

CF Markville

CF Markville, also known as Markville Shopping Centre in the Cadillac Fairview chain of malls, is a shopping mall of over 160 stores in Markham, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the intersection of Highway 7 East and McCowan Road. Its anchors are Hudson's Bay, Winners/HomeSense, Walmart Supercentre, Sporting Life, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Uniqlo, Best Buy, and a Toys R Us/Babies R Us combo store. It has a gross leasable area of 1,017,199 square feet (94,500.9 m2). It was the largest shopping mall in York Region until 2004 when Vaughan Mills opened.

Flato Markham Theatre

The Flato Markham Theatre is a public arts complex located at 171 Town Centre Boulevard in the city of Markham, Ontario, Canada.

The theatre initially opened in 1985 for local and school based productions. The theatre is best known for its performances in performing arts and drama.The theatre is owned and operated by the City of Markham. The name of the venue changed from Markham Theatre to Flato Markham Theatre when FLATO Developments acquired naming rights in April 2012.

IBM

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is an American multinational information technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in over 170 countries. The company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed "International Business Machines" in 1924.

IBM produces and sells computer hardware, middleware and software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is also a major research organization, holding the record for most U.S. patents generated by a business (as of 2019) for 26 consecutive years. Inventions by IBM include the automated teller machine (ATM), the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database, the SQL programming language, the UPC barcode, and dynamic random-access memory (DRAM). The IBM mainframe, exemplified by the System/360, was the dominant computing platform during the 1960s and 1970s.

IBM has continually shifted business operations by focusing on higher-value, more profitable markets. This includes spinning off printer manufacturer Lexmark in 1991 and the sale of personal computer (ThinkPad/ThinkCentre) and x86-based server businesses to Lenovo (in 2005 and 2014, respectively), and acquiring companies such as PwC Consulting (2002), SPSS (2009), The Weather Company (2016), and Red Hat (agreement announced in October 2018, actual acquisition to be in the second half of 2019). Also in 2014, IBM announced that it would go "fabless", continuing to design semiconductors, but offloading manufacturing to GlobalFoundries.

Nicknamed Big Blue, IBM is one of 30 companies included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of the world's largest employers, with (as of 2017) over 380,000 employees, known as "IBMers". At least 70% of IBMers are based outside the United States, and the country with the largest number of IBMers is India. IBM employees have been awarded five Nobel Prizes, six Turing Awards, ten National Medals of Technology (USA) and five National Medals of Science (USA).

IBM Toronto Software Lab

The IBM Toronto Software Lab is the largest software development laboratory in Canada, and IBM's third largest software lab. Established in 1967 with 55 employees, the Toronto Lab (located in Markham) now has 2,500 employees developing some of IBM's middleware software. Some of these include DB2, WebSphere Commerce, WebSphere Customer Center, Tivoli Provisioning Manager, System i languages, and Rational Application Developer.

The software lab was relocated to Markham from a building at 1150 Eglinton Avenue East in Toronto (now used by Celestica) on September 11, 2001.

Milliken, Ontario

Milliken and Milliken Mills are neighbourhoods in the cities of Toronto and Markham, comprising Milliken in the city of Toronto and Milliken Mills East and Milliken Mills West in the city of Markham. Located in the north west section of Scarborough and south east Unionville, the neighbourhoods are centered on Old Kennedy Road (see also Kennedy Road in York Region) and Steeles Avenue.

A huge percentage of people own their homes, which are primarily single detached homes. As the homes were built when the farming left (1980s) there are many two storied houses with garage, typical of the time of building and affordability.

The Shops on Steeles and 404

The Shops on Steeles and 404 is a small 70-store community mall at the corner of Steeles Avenue East and Don Mills Road in Markham, Ontario. Aside from a few chains, the mall is mostly independent stores.

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