Rola Dagher, President of Cisco Canada, joined with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to announce Cisco’s $15 million CAD investment in Western Canada’s secure digital transformation.
The funding will support three main initiatives in Western Canada, focusing on job creation and skills development.
Cisco is further growing its team in Western Canada with new senior artificial intelligence jobs that will support the company’s Western Canada operations. This builds on the ongoing growth of Cisco’s footprint in Western Canada, which has seen Cisco’s cybersecurity R&D headcount in Vancouver and Calgary double since 2016, and a $7 million CAD investment in a new Calgary cybersecurity office.
Cisco is strengthening its Networking Academy partnership with Calgary’s YYC Net Lab – a local, volunteer-run non-for-profit organization, which aims to provide cost-effective access to computer networking education to immigrant and Indigenous women. Through a newly-deepened partnership, Cisco will provide YYC NetLab with resources and instructor training to deliver an expanded roster of courses – including cybersecurity operations, and beyond.
Also through Cisco’s Networking Academy program partnership, Cisco is supporting NPower Canada – a leading youth-oriented charity – by providing resources so that their instructors can teach 21st century, career-ready skills to students. This will support NPower’s growth in Calgary.
Cisco currently employs 537 in Calgary and Vancouver which includes Cisco’s global Security Business Group (SBG), the fastest growing segment of Cisco’s security portfolio.