Canon Canada officially opened its new headquarters in Brampton, Ontario on November 4 in a special ceremony that saw politicians from all levels of government, corporate business partners, members of the Japanese Consulate in Toronto, and Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO at Canon USA, attend the special event. All were recognized for their continued support and contributions. Then, on December 1, there was a special opportunity for members of the press to attend. To say the least, one couldn’t help but be impressed – from the moment you saw the sprawling exterior of the building that dominates the northwest corner of Mississauga Road and Steeles Avenue West.
“The design and development of the new Canadian headquarters reflect the hallmarks of all Canon products: simplicity, quality, functionality, integration of glass and light, environmentally conscious, and innovation,” said Ted Egawa (pictured previously), President and CEO of Canon Canada. “Canon’s kyosei philosophy means living and working together into the future, and this is harmonized throughout our building and in how we conduct ourselves.”
Canon’s new headquarters is a five-storey, state-of-the-art building that reflects the company’s worldwide commitment to the environment and sustainability. Built on more than 18 acres, the site is surrounded by green space and includes a walking trail, drought-resistant landscaping and a naturalized storm water management pond to benefit Canon and the adjacent residential community.
The building will soon receive Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) rating system. Sustainable design elements planned include the use of natural light, energy-efficient equipment, and the collecting of rainwater for reuse. Amenities include a full-service cafeteria, fitness centre, reflection room, bike racks, two-tiered terrace and several accessible green spaces.
Canon products elegantly showcased
The inside is even more impressive. One of the most striking is a 5,000-square-foot interactive area that showcases the past, present and future of Canon innovations. As you walk past it, several key moments (i.e. visuals and text) in Canon’s history suddenly appear on a live screen. The obvious highlight for me was the spacious area that highlighted Canon’s professional photo printers (and samples) with their FINE Core Technology, as well as its Pro line of inkjet photo printers with numerous die and pigment ink choices.
But I must admit that I spent the most time checking out Canon’s renowned large-format ImagePrograf inkjet printers that can handle output from 17 inches to 60 inches, along with its Océ and ImagePress printers and other devices. The samples alongside the printers and on the walls were also quite stunning.
The interior’s spacious 180,000 square feet also clearly depicts the OEM’s professional products in several key areas – including its printers for small/home offices and large enterprises, its famed multi-purpose cameras, cinema EOS systems, cinema lenses, EOS digital SLR cameras, EF and EF-S lenses, camcorders, binoculars, projectors, broadcast and communications equipment, healthcare solutions (including digital radiography and eye care), as well as Canon service and support.
Each area is brightly lit and welcoming, is separated clearly by signage, and includes not just the products themselves, but samples and in many cases interactive presentations that explain the technology behind the products.
I’m sure that 8000 Mississauga Road in Brampton, Ontario will turn out to be one of the busiest headquarters and showrooms of any OEM in this industry.