New national Cybersecurity centre of excellence to be created in Orléans

November 5, 2013
News Release

Ottawa –A new cybersecurity corporation to be headquartered in Orléans was announced at City Hall today by several participating organizations, including the City of Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi,  Royal Galipeau, MP for Ottawa-Orléans, Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette and other participants in the innovative project today launched VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation, an independent, non-profit corporation with the vision of making Canada a global leader in cybersecurity.

VENUS will act as a business incubator for Ottawa’s east end in this knowledge-based industry. It will attract new companies to Ottawa, allow for their expansion and growth, while stimulating future job creation.

“While Ottawa’s west end continues to develop computer programs, the east end will ensure their security,” said Mr. Galipeau. “The arrival of VENUS in Orléans, combined with the coming arrival of Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) to the east end, and the proximity of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), will make Ottawa’s east end a leader in the important field of cybersecurity. This cutting-edge expertise is important for the whole country.”

“The Province of Ontario is pleased to be supporting this dynamic public-private partnership,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation. “Cybersecurity is incredibly important to Canadians and presents an opportunity for Ontario to participate in a growing global industry that will create new high tech jobs in our province. OCE’s mandate to connect industry and academia will result in collaborations that will enhance this initiative.” 

“The City’s investment and participation in VENUS will create quality, knowledge-based jobs in the east end, create more diversity in our economy and foster improved cybersecurity for all,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “By harnessing the collective abilities of Ottawa’s federal government agencies, our vibrant academic community and our private high-technology firms, VENUS will ensure that Ottawa is well-positioned to compete in this growing sector.”

VENUS (Virtual Environment for Networks of Ubiquitous Security) will seek to address the threat posed by cyberattacks to Canadian citizens, businesses and government. Cyberattacks include such computer-assisted aggression as disrupting critical infrastructure, stealing intellectual property, identity theft, compromising online bank accounts, posting confidential information, creating and distributing viruses and encrypting systems to demand ransom.

The VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation is supported by Carleton University, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and its Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, and TELUS Communications Company.

VENUS will carry out research and development projects, launch new ventures, build shared infrastructure, advance cybersecurity science and practice, expand cybersecurity education, and produce recommendations for action.

Councillor Bob Monette was pleased that VENUS will be located within the former Cumberland Town Hall in Orléans. “Working hand-in-hand with local elected representatives and the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, we are continuing to show that economic development and employment is a priority for the community of Orléans,” said Councillor Monette. ”This is the third major announcement on employment in Orléans in the past few months ‑ Brigil’s Petrie’s Landing III, the Orléans Community Improvement Plan, and now the arrival of VENUS. 

“The launch of the VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation is evidence of Carleton's commitment to establish initiatives in a global context for the purpose of promoting a productive, innovative and sustainable knowledge economy in Canada,” said Carleton University President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “Carleton extends its best wishes to the strategic founding members of this not-for-profit organization and the citizens of Orléans.”

To create VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation, five essential partners, the NRC, CSEC, the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, and TELUS, each are investing up to $250,000 in cash and/or in-kind services. The company plans to hire approximately 25 people initially, with more positions to follow in the coming months. By 2017, VENUS hopes to have stimulated the creation of many new knowledge jobs in Canada.

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For more information:

Bryan Michaud

Executive Assistant to MP Royal Galipeau

613-995-1800

613-790-0813

Sarah McMaster
Communications Advisor
Office of the Hon. Reza Moridi
Minister of Research and Innovation
416-326-9492

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