Cybersecurity is one of the most significant societal and economic issues of our time. Canada’s economy is absolutely dependent upon a safe and resilient internet. Every day, Canadian citizens leverage critical infrastructure assets, such as electricity to run their businesses, homes and families. Today, New Brunswick’s ecosystem just expanded with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) announcing a multi-million dollar cybersecurity research facility.

New Brunswick has been a leader in innovation and cybersecurity, which drives the Canadian economy since the 50s. This history started with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and later with the creation of Canada’s first faculty of computer science and most recently with the addition of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity. Our ecosystem has grown to include world-leaders such as IBM, Bulletproof, Mariner Partners, and Siemens to name a few. We also have an exciting startup presence with companies like Beauceron Security and many more emerging out of Energia Ventures.

CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. They join a growing list of companies that have transformed the province into Canada’s cybersecurity research and innovation hub. The announcement was made today at UNB at an event led by CNL President and CEO Mark Lesinski, Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman, representing the Government of New Brunswick, and ONB CEO Stephen Lund.

CyberNB’s purpose-built strategy focuses on five critical areas, one of which is protecting our critical infrastructure. Through collaboration with industry, academia, and government, our goal is to ensure that all the necessary steps are taken to protect our economy and give Canadians a safe and resilient internet and that our economy is protected.

Opportunities NB (ONB), through its special operating agency CyberNB, is executing a deliberate action plan to build upon our world-class industry cluster and enhance workforce development, education and research. Learn more about New Brunswick’s cybersecurity ecosystem at

Cover image via Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Written by Heather MacLean