Up-Close with Michel Chartier at CAPRE’s Montréal Data Centre Summit: 5 Big Players are Getting Even Bigger

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC – CAPRE’s Third Annual Greater Montreal & Quebec Data Centre Summit was a day of rousing panels that covered a diverse array of topics – from data center leasing to innovation in AI to engineering and connectivity. One early morning presentation took a similarly broad view of, featuring an up-close interview with Michel Chartier, President of Kelvin Emtech, on the market dynamics in the Canadian data center arena. “Michel, tell us about your footprint. You’re based here in Montréal, and you’re very active across Canada,” suggest moderator Brian Klebash, CEO of CapRate Events. “Are you active in the U.S. as well?” “As a consultant. We don’t design or build in the U.S., but we do consulting for specific customers,” replied Chartier. “We have an office in Montréal and one in Toronto. We created Kelvin Emtech in 1994 and this January was our 25th year. We have designed and built more than 4 million square feet of rack space. We’ve designed and built for 4degrees, CGI, Rodgers, Cogeco, we’ve done quite a bit. For CGI, we do the preparation and maintenance of their data centers in Montréal and also other sites across Canada.” “Let’s talk about this market specifically. Michel, are you seeing more activity year to year? What’s happening specifically?” asked Klebash. “In the last 2-3 years, the small deployments have stopped growing. It’s now really, the big data centers. The hyperscale data centers. The big players, Amazon,…