IBM Canada Ltd. is a leading provider of advanced information technology products and services. As a technology-based solutions company, IBM is dedicated to helping its customers solve their business problems, pursue new market opportunities and become more productive through the innovative application of e-business and Internet technology. Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, IBM Canada has nationwide responsibilities for marketing and service. Its manufacturing and development operations include a semiconductor packaging plant in Bromont, Quebec, a software solutions laboratory in Toronto, Ontario and two Centres for e-business Innovation located in Burnaby, British Columbia and in Toronto, Ontario. In 2000, IBM Canada and its wholly-owned subsidiaries hired 2,440 employees bringing its total Canadian workforce to 18,953 -- an all time high. IBM Canada is a strong believer in the skills development of its employees and invested over $64 million in employee education and training in 2000.