Press Release 2018

November 14,  2018


Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup (Hacking Competition) Gives Students a Chance to Win Paid Internships

Ottawa, ON Canada

Hackers are increasingly attacking the websites and information technology systems of private companies and public organizations. The good news is that something is now being done about it.

CGI, Bank of Canada, Bell Canada, Security Compass, and the House of Commons are pleased to announce the third annual CyberSCI Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup, a cybersecurity (hacking) competition for students in the Ottawa area.

On Saturday, Nov. 17th 2018, students selected from Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, and La Cité will compete in teams to attack a vulnerable computer network, break through the cyber defences, take control of the systems and advise the fictitious company on how to defend against their cyberattack.

The competition for The Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup will be kicked off in person by his Worship, Jim Watson, and students from the top teams will have the opportunity to interview for fully paid internships with sponsoring companies: CGI, Bell Canada and Bank of Canada.  The other sponsors, the House of Commons IT department and Security Compass (a Toronto-based cybersecurity firm), may be there to meet students for potential future opportunities.  Support for the event is also being provided by the Carleton University Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program and

“The Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup is a great opportunity to raise awareness about cyber security, while also providing students with educational and professional opportunities,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I’m proud to once again support this fun and engaging competition that highlights the community’s cybersecurity awareness efforts.”

The Canadian Cyber Security Challenge was founded in 2011 by Tom Levasseur, senior security consultant now with the Bank of Canada, to address the shortage of skilled resources in Canada’s IT security workforce.

Each school was invited to send eight competitors: two teams of four participants chosen by the academic representatives of their respective schools.  For a contact list of these academic reps, visit:


Important Information:

Where: Carleton University, St. Patrick’s Building, Room 303

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mayor Jim Watson will officially launch the challenge at 10 a.m.

Who: Post-secondary undergraduate students from Carleton University, uOttawa, Algonquin College, and La Cité are eligible to compete.

Why: Opportunity to interview in person, after the event, for paid intern jobs in IT security companies for top students in the competition.

For more information on CyberSCI and the Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup, please contact Tom Levasseur at (613) 720-1232 or  Or visit