Norway-based firm taps Ottawa for first North American office

Motitech
From left to right: Motitech's director of market development Dan McEwen, CEO Jon Ingar Kjenes and senior adviser Roald Kvam. Provided by Invest Ottawa.

A Norwegian firm designing tech to help aging adults stay active has landed in Ottawa, marking the firm’s first North American footprint.

Norway-based Motitech announced Tuesday morning that it will set up shop in the nation’s capital. The company is currently settling into soft-landing space at Bayview Yards, but will soon find local office space to grow a team of up to 15 employees in the next two years, according to a spokesperson.

Motitech targets healthcare centres and other facilities offering care and recreation services to seniors and adults with dementia. The firm’s product combines exercise equipment with sensory stimulation to motivate patients to stay active or rehabilitate injuries; audio and visual stimuli can recreate pleasant memories for users as they peddle on a stationary bike.

The new Ottawa location is part of an international push for Motitech, which opened an office in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Dan McEwen, who will lead the firm’s local operations, said in a statement that Motitech chose the capital to build on existing relationships with Ottawa care facilities such as Bruyère Village.

“We look forward to the future growth of Motitech in Ottawa, and across Canada more broadly,” he said.

McEwen also gave credit to Invest Ottawa’s global expansion team for facilitating the firm’s soft landing. Blair Patacairk, Invest Ottawa’s vice-president of global expansion, said in a statement that the regional economic development agency was proud to support the expansion and development of Motitech’s “unique technology.”

Invest Ottawa’s global expansion team is currently looking for a new vice-president as Patacairk prepares to take on a consultant role with the agency as well as other clients. He will remain with Invest Ottawa in the coming months as the organization finds and trains his replacement.