SNC-Lavalin and Carleton University join forces to protect critical infrastructure

March 21, 2018 Canada

On March 21, 2018, SNC-Lavalin signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Canada’s Carleton University to join forces in protecting critical infrastructure. 

Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) is a top priority for power utilities and most nations around the world, as the industry increasingly depends on network interconnectivity and complex smart grid technology while facing ever-growing cybersecurity threats. SNC-Lavalin has in-depth expertise in this highly specialized field of engineering as we have designed, constructed, operated and maintained power plants, transmission and distribution systems across all energy sectors. SNC-Lavalin possesses the wide-ranging knowledge and skills to address all vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. 

“Our partnership with Carleton University demonstrates SNC-Lavalin’s commitment to being at the forefront when it comes to protecting critical infrastructure the public depends on,” said Alain Brière, Vice-President and General Manager, Telecommunications. “Together, we will build on our collective knowledge and experience to provide Carleton’s Communications Engineering experts with real life challenges and access to advanced technology to further their students’ education. We are proud to support the next generation of telecommunications engineers by giving them the opportunity to work side-by-side with our team to address the unique needs of the power industry.”

Under the MOU, Carleton University is providing a state-of-the-art research environment supported by industry experts and testing facilities. SNC-Lavalin will bring opportunities in which Carleton can be involved to leverage its unique capabilities, including the testing of advanced technologies and research projects to further advance the protection of power utility telecommunication infrastructures. 

Carleton University has been home to Canada’s first and only Communications Engineering program for more than twenty years. Recognized as a leader in telecommunications engineering research and development in Canada and beyond, Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design and its experts regularly collaborate with industry partners and maintain state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities to stay abreast of telecommunication technology innovations used to support power utilities. 

Carleton University and SNC-Lavalin will work closely by:

  • supporting research that is consistent with the University’s mission of teaching and research;
  • furthering the education of telecommunications engineering and the development of technologies needed to support the electric power industry;
  • facilitating the transfer of technology;
  • providing additional research and thesis opportunities for students;
  • increasing SNC-Lavalin’s visibility as an employer for Carleton University co-op students and graduates; and
  • stimulating research on topics of relevance to the engineering field. 

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