Saibal Ray on the potential benefits and costs if Amazon chooses Montreal

Published: 21 September 2017

As Amazon hunts for a location for its second North American headquarters, Canada’s major cities are building their cases.

In a short interview with the McGill Media team, Desautels Professor Saibal Ray talks about the benefits that a Montreal Amazon office would bring in terms of jobs and indirect benefits to the city’s academic and research sectors.

He affirms that Montreal’s resent emergence as an AI hotspot lofts the city’s chances way beyond what they would have been even a decade ago, but he cautions that there could be associated costs as well.

Specifically, as cities vie for favour, they might offer incentives and tax breaks that would possibly be better offered to local SMEs.

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