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    Accelerated Cybersecurity Training Program

    Catalyst Cyber Accelerator

    Corporate Training

    Cyber Talent Acquisition

    Mastercard Emerging Leaders Cyber Initiative

    Catalyst Fellowship Program​

Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst is Toronto Metropolitan University’s national centre for training, innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity.

Established in 2018 and offering programs and services across Canada and around the globe, the Catalyst empowers individuals and organizations to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges of cybersecurity.

Together with our partners and collaborators, we work to realize a vision
of healthy democracies and thriving societies, powered by secure digital technologies.

Our Founding Partners

Our mission:

to empower individuals and organizations to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges of cybersecurity.

Our vision:

Healthy democracies and thriving societies, powered by secure digital technologies.

Message from our Founding Executive Director


More than 6000

people have directly benefited from Catalyst’s groundbreaking programs – learning new cyber skills, building thriving cybersecurity careers, advancing new ventures focused on digital security, and contributing to a more cybersecure Canada.

Over 500

businesses have been fueled by the Catalyst – by hiring world-class, diverse talent from our training programs, strengthening their cybersecurity posture through tabletop exercises and Catalyst Cyber Range workshops, and scaling-up their operations in the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator.

Over 800

jobs have been created or filled in the cybersecurity sector through Catalyst programming – from junior, to technical and executive leadership roles – overcoming skills and talent gaps, and bolstering a thriving Canadian cybersecurity sector.

More than 1000

women, girls and non-binary individuals have been empowered with cybersecurity skills and/or gained employment in the sector through Catalyst’s focus on building a diverse and inclusive future for cybersecurity – and cyber leadership – in Canada.

Over 10000

cybersecurity experts, mentors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and program participants, alumni and partners make up the Catalyst community – the collective driving-force behind ensuring the digital world is a safe place for all Canadians.


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Dr. Mohamed Lachemi,

President and Vice-Chancellor,
Toronto Metropolitan University

Our Home:

With its diverse talent pool and strategic location in the heart of Ontario, we’re proud to call the City of Brampton, and specifically the Brampton Innovation District, home. As the fastest growing city in Canada, and unique in its youthful population, scale of diversity (with 250 ethnicities represented) and its pace of growth (expanding at an annual 10.6%), Brampton is a pivotal epicenter for innovation and collaboration.

“Being one of the most innovation-centric and entrepreneurial cities in the country, with a very strong technology and startup ecosystem, as well as large, established companies, Brampton made complete sense as our home base and headquarters.”

Charles Finlay,

Founding Executive Director,
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst

the Future
of Canadian

Workforce Training
and Public Education

Through our pioneering workforce and individual training programs, we’re creating a robust cybersecurity talent pool that is fit for the future, and building diversity of culture, gender and ability into the next-generation cybersecurity workforce.

Over 900

new cybersecurity professionals trained since 2020

85% of students admitted in 2022 self-identified
as a visible minority.

54% of graduates identify as women or another

Over 900

students and young people engaged directly with cybersecurity programming, the majority of whom are girls, non-binary individuals, and youth from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM

Program Highlights

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“The Catalyst is training the next generation of cybersecurity leaders: ones who complement diversity in thinking with cybersecurity fundamentals and a strong passion and dedication to defend against cyber threats.”

Sandeep Sandhu,

VP Cyber Security and CISO,
Rogers Bank, Rogers Communications

Alumni Spotlight:
Monica Nguyen

A graduate of CLIC, Monica previously worked in the hospitality industry as a chef. She chose to transition into cybersecurity because she wanted to work in an industry that utilized her critical thinking skills and challenged her to solve complex problems. Thanks to the rigorous training she received at the Catalyst, combined with her unique skill set honed in the fast- paced, pressurized environment of commercial kitchens, she now works as a Senior Security Specialist at Rogers Communications.