OTTAWA – A new national cybersecurity corporation is setting up shop in the former Cumberland Town Hall.
VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation, an independent, non-profit corporation working to make Canada a global leader in cybersecurity, will be headquartered in Orleans.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson made the announcement Tuesday, along with Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi, Royal Galipeau, MP for Ottawa-Orléans, Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette and other participants in the project.
VENUS will serve as a business incubator for Ottawa’s east end, looking to attract new companies, encouraging their expansion and growth, while stimulating future job creation.
“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 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.
“While Ottawa’s west end continues to develop computer programs, the east end will ensure their security,” said Royal Galipeau. “The arrival of VENUS in Orléans, combined with the coming arrival of Communications Security Establishment Canada to the east end, and the proximity of the National Research Council of Canada, will make Ottawa’s east end a leader in the important field of cybersecurity.”
The project has five partners: the National Research Council Canada, Communications Security Establishment Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, and TELUS, with each investing up to $250,000 in money or services.
It’s expected that approximately 25 will be initially created.