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The Catalyst collaborates with a range of institutions and leverages the full expertise and capabilities of Ryerson’s staff and faculty in four core activities. The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst is a not-for-profit corporation owned and operated by Ryerson University. Based in Brampton, Ontario, we leverage Ryerson’s resources and entrepreneurial spirit to solve critical cybersecurity challenges and seize new opportunities.

Private and Public Sector Training

  • The Catalyst will deliver cybersecurity training to private and public sector workers. With this training, workers will be prepared to earn certifications.
  • The training will be offered in partnership with the Ted Rogers School of Management, faculty from across Ryerson, and other industry instructors

Signature Training Programs

  • The Catalyst will establish introductory-level cybersecurity training (in combination with other work skills) for key demographic groups that are underrepresented in cybersecurity or that need access to training. These courses will lead to internships with employers.
  • This program will be targeted toward: women, veterans, youth 18 to 30, Indigenous Canadians, new Canadians and workers dislocated from legacy sectors.
  • In partnership with the DMZ at Ryerson, Canada’s world-leading campus-based technology accelerator, the Catalyst will establish a first-in-Canada technology accelerator program solely committed to supporting Canadian cybersecurity scale-ups.
  • The cybersecurity accelerator program will provide critical assistance to help these early stage cybersecurity firms succeed: workspace, support, mentorship and access to clients and advisors. 
  • The Catalyst will act as the hub of a network, facilitating applied R&D partnerships between leading academic experts from across Canada and private sector firms, including SMEs, that need practical solutions to cybersecurity problems.
  • The Catalyst will leverage Ryerson’s expertise across its faculties and schools, including the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Community Services and Faculty of Communication and Design, to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to solving cybersecurity problems that arise from human behaviors and ethical decision-making. 

The Catalyst will act as a key resource, information partner and convener. The Catalyst will (1) create and distribute accessible and easy-to-use best-practice resources, in particular for SMEs; (2) provide industry-wide leadership--hosting conferences, roundtables and seminars on a wide variety of cybersecurity topics; and (3) bring together leaders from government, business and academia to discuss matters of pressing importance.