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SNC-Lavalin and Carleton University partner to protect critical infrastructure

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SNC-Lavalin recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Carleton University to co-operate on protecting critical infrastructures — a priority for power utilities as the industry increasingly depends on network interconnectivity and smart grid technology while facing cybersecurity threats.

Under the MOU, Carleton is providing a research environment supported by industry experts and testing facilities. SNC-Lavalin will leverage Carleton’s capabilities with opportunities such as testing advanced technologies and research projects that help protect power utility telecommunication infrastructures.

Carleton University and SNC-Lavalin will together 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
• Stimulating research on topics of relevance to the engineering field

“Our partnership with Carleton University is SNC-Lavalin’s effort to stay at the forefront when it comes to protecting critical infrastructures the public depends on,” said Alain Brière, vice president and general manager, telecommunications. “Through our MOU with Carleton University, 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 utility infrastructure.”


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