Homegrown IT company SheepDogInc.ca is setting the bar high as the first certified Google Apps partner in Canada.
With an increased demand in services, the company plans to create up to 60 new jobs in Halifax over five years. As the company expands, the province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the company with a five-year payroll rebate for a maximum of $700,000.
Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement in Toronto today, Oct. 15, before delivering a keynote address to the Empire Club of Canada. SheepDogInc.ca president Shawn Wilkie, chief technical officer Brandon Kolybaba, Google's North America channel manager Pat Spears, and NSBI president and CEO Stephen Lund were in attendance.
"I'm proud to support this innovative and competitive company that truly demonstrates Nova Scotia's great entrepreneurial spirit," said Premier Dexter. "SheepDog is creating exactly the type of opportunities needed for our young and talented professionals to live and work in Nova Scotia."
SheepDogInc.ca plans to establish itself as a key service provider for Google Apps, within the global Cloud Computing marketplace. Cloud Computing is a concept of globally offering Software as a Service (SaaS) on virtual computing resources provided over the internet.
"Partnering with Google and now having the province's support will enable us to remain business focused." said Mr. Wilkie, "As our customer market expands, we are working collaboratively with Google to remain competitive and serve the needs of our clients."
The company has clients worldwide and the list is growing, as businesses recognize the technical benefits and cost-saving solutions the applications offer.
"Strong partnerships are key to our success," said Ms. Spears. "We're excited to be working with a Nova Scotia company like SheepDog -- a company that provides value to our business and continues to deliver positive results."
Many businesses, universities and governments are switching to Google Apps like Gmail and realizing significant cost savings in computer hardware, software and maintenance.
"This is a great example of how technology, talent and a little risk-taking can drive a business to success," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, NSBI. "SheepDog's perseverance captured the attention of one of the most successful companies in the world and we want to see more companies like this in Nova Scotia."
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Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to