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2023 Cohort: Six Innovative Cybersecurity Startups Selected by Cilex

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Gatineau, 17 January 2023 — Cilex unveils today the name of the six innovative startups that will take part in its Cybersecurity Networking Program, launched recently in collaboration with real estate company Brigil.

The innovative startups with high growth potential selected for the 2023 cohort are Conatix, CYBERDEFENSE.AI, F8th, Northern Block, Secure Exchanges and VerifA.I.. The program will provide them with a privileged access to Brigil and the cybersecurity ecosystem.

Photo of eight people smiling at the camera.
Front, left to right: Jonathan Tellier, Secure Exchanges; Vivene Salmon, F8th; Jonathan Gagné, F8th. Back, left to right: Charles Lesieur, Verifa.i.; Mathieu Glaude, Northern Block; Olivier Dubeau, Northern Block; David Lehrer, Conatix; Michel Bourque, CYBERDEFENSE.AI.

These businesses were selected following a call for applications launched in October 2022, according to a set of preestablished criteria. Participating startups will be able to refine their cybersecurity products and solutions in collaboration with Brigil. The real estate company is currently growing rapidly and this partnership will help it develop new tools that help maintain the safety of its computer systems.

“The Cilex Cybersecurity Networking Program will provide guidance to these six startups to further their business development and the commercialization of their innovative solutions. This is the first acceleration program in Quebec specialized in cybersecurity and digital identity,” added Chloé Martinetti, Director of Operations and Development at Cilex.

“It’s an honour to be able to provide custom coaching to the selected startups and to be one of the launching pads for their business development,” added Jessy Desjardins, Vice President of Development and Conception at Brigil. “A trustworthy digital world is an imperative for growing a business. Cyberthreats are constantly evolving, and this partnership will help us review our systems as part of our drive for constant improvement.”

Three representatives from Brigil having a talk.
Left to right: Yves Ducharmes, Jessy Desjardins and Ahmed Khlifa from Brigil.


The Cilex Cybersecurity Networking Program was made possible thanks to a $100,000 contribution from the Fonds de soutien aux organismes à but non lucratif appuyant l’entrepreneuriat from the City of Gatineau, as well as support from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

As participants in the program, selected startups will benefit from a personalized coaching service worth up to $75,000 through the Momentum service from MAIN. They will also receive guidance from our partners specializing in cybersecurity, namely CyperQuébec, In‑Sec‑M, the Digital Identity Laboratory, PROMPT, RHEA Group, IVÉO and Export Outaouais. Cilex will also offer access to its experts, its workspace and its network, as well as other advantages given to incubated companies for one year.

Group photo of around 20 people smiling at the camera.
Startups, partners and Cilex team members present at the event.

Additional information on the Cilex cybersecurity networking program can be found on the program webpage at For any further questions on the program, please contact our project lead Manuel Patry at

Photo of eight people from Cilex.
Cilex team members, from left to right: Gabriel Laporte, Chairman of the Board; Farid Dagher, coach; Martin A. Roy, General Director; James Landry, communications; Michelle Robitaille, Director of Connexité; Manuel Patry, Project Manager for the program; Caroline Martineau, communications; Jérémie Chamberland, accounting.


Cilex helps startups, companies and institutions achieve their technological innovation goals by providing a service structure in incubation, acceleration and research and development. Cilex catalyzes innovation in the entire Outaouais region and in the National Capital Region through Espace-O and leads Connexité, the innovation zone project in cybersecurity, digital identity and digital health. For more information, visit


Brigil is a real estate company located in the National Capital Region of Canada. Since 1985, they have built over 14,000 housing units and currently own nearly 4,000 rental units. As proprietor of extensive landholdings, in the next 20 years Brigil plans on building more than 44,000 housing units strategically located in about 40 different neighbourhoods on both sides of the Ottawa River. For further information, visit


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Source: Caroline Martineau Communications Adviser, Cilex


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