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Cilex Launches First Acceleration Program in Quebec Specialized in Cybersecurity and Digital ID

Cilex Launches First Acceleration Program in Quebec Specialized in Cybersecurity and Digital Identity

Gatineau, 13 October 2022 – Cilex launches today the first acceleration program in Quebec specialized in cybersecurity and digital identity.

The cybersecurity networking program will coach a maximum of 10 startups from Quebec that are developing innovative solutions in the field of cybersecurity.

The selected businesses will be able to count on the support of Brigil to guide them and advance their business development. The real estate company has been a pillar of the construction industry of the National Capital Region since 1985.

“It’s an honour to be able to contribute to the rise of Quebec startups and to support innovation in the field of cybersecurity,” said Jessy Desjardins, Vice-President of Development and Conception at Brigil. “In this day and age, management of cybersecurity threats is of utmost importance. We are pleased to team up with growing businesses to develop tools to fight cybercrime and keep ensuring all our computer systems remain secure.”

Three men smiling at the camera, standing in front of banners from Cilex, the City of Gatineau and Brigil.
Jessy Desjardins, Brigil; Martin A. Roy, Cilex GD; and The Hon. Greg Fergus, M.P. at the launch of the networking program.

In addition to a privileged access to the Brigil ecosystem, 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.

“Startups and established businesses operate in different environments and bringing them together would benefit both groups through mutual learning. We’re hoping that through this program, on the one hand, we can offer a unique connection and coaching opportunity that drives the growth of cybersecurity and digital identity startups in Quebec. And on the other hand, we wish to foster innovation in local businesses by helping them discover the latest solutions on the market to help them be more cyber-resilient,” said Chloé Martinetti, Director of Operations and Development at Cilex.

To take part in the program, startups meeting the eligibility criteria must apply on the Cilex website before November 30, 2022.

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.

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

Cilex team members on the stage at the lauch.
The Cilex team present at the launch. Front row from the left: Martin A. Roy, General Director; Chloé Martinetti, Director of Operations and Development; Michelle Robitaille, Director for the Connexité project; Caroline Martineau, communications. Back row from the left: Sylvia Andriamaharosoa, SR&ED expert; Farid Dagher, business coach; Manuel Patry, project lead; James Landry, communications; Alexandre Maheux, communications; Billal Benseba, intern.


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.


A leader in the construction industry, Brigil has been offering complete and vibrant living environments in the Canadian National Capital Region since 1985. Guided by its principles of sustainable development, the real estate company has built more than 14,000 housing units and manages around 4,000 rental units. As proprietor of extensive landholdings, Brigil plans on building more than 44,000 new units by 2038.


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Alexandre Maheux

Communications Adviser, Cilex

819 593-9566

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