Nearly $750,000 for the creation of a center of excellence in cybersecurity

Gatineau: May 11, 2018. – The Government of Quebec awards $747,500 to In-Sec-M Security, Research and Innovation for the creation of a Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity in Gatineau, within the Outaouais region.

This local initiative was selected as part of the call for projects resulting from Scheme 14 of the Digital Economic Action Plan which aims to create centers of digital excellence.

Mrs. Maryse Gaudreault, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Hull, made the announcement today on behalf Mrs. Dominique Anglade, Quebec Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Quebec Minister Responsible for Digital Strategy.

In addition to further supporting the Quebec Cyber Security Industry, the creation of the Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity – a project valued at nearly $1.5 million over three years – will especially include:

  • Access to all key players in the cybersecurity industry which will be consolidated in one single location.
  • Support specialized companies and increase their start-up endeavors.
  • Create connexions between solution-based companies, cybersecurity experts and workers.
  • Organize exhibitions and conferences to identify industry challenges and innovate possible solutions.
  • Support different professional sectors within research and development to better secure emerging technologies.
  • Encourage foreign cyber security firms to establish themselves in Quebec.
  • Promote the establishment of data protection centers.

Official Statements Quotations

“I am proud that innovators, leading companies, solution providers, researchers and cybersecurity experts are pooling together their expertise and talents in order to find innovative solutions for effectively addressing IT security challenges. This undoubtedly gives impetus to our Quebec Cybersecurity Industry to make it shine internationally!”

Mrs. Maryse Gaudreault, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Hull

“I am pleased that the City of Gatineau is hosting the Center of Excellence for Cybersecurity. Unquestionably, this initiative by In-Sec-M Security, Research and Innovation will make the Outaouais expertise in cybersecurity widely known for the benefit of all the Province of Quebec. Our government is making major efforts to build an attractive, open and globally recognized digital economy with reference to its know-how, ecosystem and innovation, and it is demonstrating this once again by supporting this project.”

Mrs. Stéphanie Vallée, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Gatineau, Quebec Minister of Justice and Quebec Minister Responsible for the Outaouais region

“Digital centers of excellence will help drive the growth of dynamic SMEs and Start-Ups in future fields of expertise, as well as support the adoption of innovative business models and technologies that facilitate the use of digital technology. These centers of excellence will undeniably encourage promising initiatives that will contribute to the economic vitality of our regions and the influential showcase of Quebec expertise.”

Mrs. Dominique Anglade, Deputy Prime Minister of Quebec, Quebec Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Quebec Minister Responsible for Digital Strategy

“In this age of transition to an increasingly data-driven economy, cybersecurity is no longer a technological choice or option among many others. It is becoming a key pillar for the deployment and commercialization of our innovations. In-Sec-M (Innovation, Security and Research Marketplace) aims not only to accelerate the development of cybersecurity innovations but also to integrate and address security needs across all digital products and solutions.”

Mr. Antoine Normand, President of In-Sec-M

“The City of Gatineau is in an enviable position to welcome this important business structure. From the digital identity of citizens to the protection of municipal infrastructure, cybersecurity must be a priority for all organizations.”

Mr. Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau


  • In-Sec-M Security, Research and Innovation is a non-profit organization that currently has more than 23 members. The organization aims to increase the coherence and competitiveness of the Quebec Cyber Security Industry, multiply the innovation, marketing and growth capabilities of its members, intensify the industry’s pool of talents, and promote and facilitate the creation of important emerging technologies.
  • The Government of Quebec is providing up to $6.7 million for the creation of nine centers of digital excellence which will promote the development of promising areas related to the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector in order to facilitate the implementation and commercialization of digital business solutions and accelerate the development of Start-Ups and SMEs within various fields.
  • The Digital Economy Action Plan   is one of the pillars of the Quebec Digital Strategy  , publicly announced in December 2017. This strategy sets out a coherent government vision so that Quebec can move towards a digital society.
  • The objectives of the Digital Economy Action Plan are to increase the integration of ICTs within Quebec companies, strengthen the digital power of manufacturing companies and consolidate Quebec’s position as one of the most important players within international markets as far as ICTs are concerned.


Source: Quebec ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation


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