User experience in Canada

Hi everyone

I am a UX lead at PTC, an American software company providing technology platforms and solutions.

We have a large scale project in our Canadian branch, and I am preparing a basic UX training for R&D (developers, QA, PM’s).
As part of the training, I would like to tell them about UX in Canada in general. I do not live in Canada, and couldn’t find good focused information resources online.

It seems like this group is a good place for updated information.

Can you tell me a bit about:

  • What are the main big associations and events?
  • Any academic path?
  • How well acknowledged is UX in Canadian hi-tech companies or in websites?
  • Any recommended online Facebook/LinkedIn/other groups?

Nice meeting you :slightly_smiling:
Na’ama