Mayor Patrick Brown, on behalf of Brampton City Council, recently introduced a significant investment by the Government of Canada in the Cybersecure Catalyst, an initiative started by Ryerson University in association with the City of Brampton, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Rogers Communications, Inc.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that $10 million would be funded in the creation of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst in downtown Brampton. Rogers Communications will be pledging $10 million, the City of Brampton will be pledging $5 million over the next five years, and the Royal Bank of Canada another $5 million towards the initiative.

“We are thrilled to be founding Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst in Brampton, and we are grateful for the support of the Mayor, City Council and city staff for their collaboration and support,” says Charles Finlay, Executive Director of CyberSecure Catalyst. “Brampton is a vital centre for innovation and technology development, and we are looking forward to working closely with Brampton’s business community, post-secondary institutions and residents to make the city a Canadian hub for cybersecurity innovation and collaboration.”

This new development is part of the recent continuing collaboration between Ryerson University and the City of Brampton to make the city a place for learning and innovation. The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst is set to open at Brampton City Hall by November of this year with its main focus on upgrading the skills of current cybersecurity professionals and supporting cybersecurity companies in Ontario and across Canada. Ryerson University will also be offering cybersecurity courses through the Chang School of Continuing Education at Brampton City Hall.

“As we continue to build a City of Opportunities as part of our 2040 Vision, I would like to thank the Government of Canada, Rogers and Royal Bank of Canada, for supporting the Ryerson University-led Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and establishment of a national centre for cybersecurity in Brampton,” says Mayor Patrick Brown. “We are looking to unlock the potential of the downtown and prioritize economic growth and jobs. With this joint venture we aim to ensure that we have the talent, resources and research to meet the increasing demands of the growing global threat of cybersecurity.”