IT services firm NTT DATA Canada, Inc., formerly Keane Canada, Inc., will create as many as 250 new jobs in Halifax over the next five years. Keane International, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Keane Canada, Inc., were purchased by NTT DATA Corporation in January 2011. This leading, global IT services company employs 57,000 professionals in more than 35 countries and is owned by Japan’s largest telephone company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. The Keane Canada, Inc. head office has been operating in Halifax for 15 years and, now as NTT DATA Canada, Inc., will expand its diverse group of more than 400 employees. The company is diversifying its client base, focusing on major clients in Canada and the United States. “As part of jobsHere, NTT DATA and the province are working together to grow the private-sector and create high-value, high-paying jobs,” said acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism John MacDonell. “This growth demonstrates Nova Scotia’s appeal and ideal location for global IT companies.” A $3,463,688 payroll rebate from the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc., will support the Halifax expansion. The company will reinvest in training and recruitment programs and increase its employment base by up to 250 positions over the five-year term of the rebate. The company’s former payroll rebate, announced in 2008, was not used because of the global recession and its impact on IT budgets, and global outsourcing. The rebate, which included a corresponding training incentive from Economic and Rural Development and Tourism for a combined total of $6,046,263, has been cancelled. “We are excited to be renewing our growth plans in Nova Scotia,” said John MacIntosh, vice-president, Global Client Management with NTT DATA. “We have had great success in attracting talented and loyal employees in Halifax; when it came time to choose a location to grow – Nova Scotia came out on top.” NTT DATA offers innovative business and IT solutions. The company focuses on consulting, managed services, projects, outsourcing and cloud-based solutions to mid-size and large enterprises in all major industries. “We are topping our competitors by attracting multinational companies to Nova Scotia, while also benefiting from their growth,” said Nova Scotia Business Inc. president and CEO Stephen Lund. ‘Securing NTT DATA’s growth in Halifax helps demonstrate that our province is a cost-effective place to do business and a world-class centre for IT.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .
Marking World Oceans Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to do more to reverse degradation of the marine environment, which influences virtually all aspects of life on the planet.“Let us work together to create new waves of action for ocean sustainability – for people and the planet,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking the Day.“From trade to food to climate regulation, the oceans are integral to all of humanity. This is particularly so for coastal dwellers whose income and culture are irrevocably bound to the sea,” the UN chief said.“If we are to fully benefit from the oceans, we must reverse the degradation of the marine environment due to pollution, overexploitation and acidification,” he said, urging all nations to work towards that end, including by joining and implementing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the broad based treaty governing the world’s waters, often referred to as “the Constitution of the oceans.” Given the important role played by oceans for the planet’s food security, and the health and survival of all life, as well energy needs, the General Assembly decided that, from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as ‘World Oceans Day’ to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.This year’s theme for the Day is “Oceans and People.” The United Nations has planned a host of activities organized by the world body’s Division for Oceans and the Law of the Sea.The observance of the Day will take place at UN Headquarters on Monday starting at 1:15 p.m., with opening remarks by Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs. The event is being held in coordination with the American Museum of Natural History.Meanwhile, later this evening, New York City landmark, the Empire State Building will be lit in white, blue and purple representing the different layers of the ocean.