Sue Spradley, head of North America for Nokia Siemens Networks, spoketo the Economic Club of Canada at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.Spradley, a former executive with Nortel Networks Corp., said hercompany is hiring and now has 75 full-time employees, plus 100contractors, in Canada.

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Spradleysaid an acquisition of Nortel units that make CDMA and LTE wirelessproducts will help make Nokia Siemens Networks stronger in NorthAmerica.

Michelle Warren, an independent Toronto-basedconsultant, agrees a Nokia Siemens Networks acquisition would makesense due to the company’s industry expertise.

Last month, NokiaSiemens Networks placed a “stalking horse” bid for US$650 million forNortel’s CDMA and LTE assets. Competing bids are due July 21.