Secure technology firm Cassidian expands Gatineau office

Secure technology provider Cassidian Communications is expanding its Gatineau operations and boosting its local workforce by 50 people over the next three years, the company announced Monday.

By David Sali

That will bring the total number of employees at its new 53,000-square-foot office in the Gatineau technology park to about 200, with staff focusing on research and development, testing and support services for the company’s 911 call-taking equipment and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) divisions.

The LMR division supplies secure communication systems to police, firefighters and other emergency responders who can’t rely on normal networks.

"By expanding our operations we are able to offer the highest level of support and service to our North American customers and public safety organizations," CEO Bob Freinberg said in a statement.

Cassidian Communications’ major clients include the RCMP and the City of Montreal, and the company serves customers as far as away as New Zealand. Company officials said Gatineau, which was already a major research centre for the firm’s 911 technology, was the natural choice for the expanded LMR division.

“We had a very good experience here and we believe we can find the right type of (employees) here,” said Francois Begaud, Cassidian Communications’ chief operating officer for Land Mobile Radio. “We definitely had a presence here, so we wanted to leverage that … We wanted to tell our customers that we are here for the long term.”

Cassidian is owned by EADS, the world’s largest aerospace and defence company.