Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 12, 2013 13:00 ET

Harper Government Helps Kick-Start Canadian Entrepreneurial Business in Victoria, British Columbia

Supporting innovation in Victoria

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2013) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, is pleased to announce the awarding of a $253,233 contract to Plurilock Security Solutions Inc., of Victoria, British Columbia. The contract was awarded to the company for its innovation called the Bio Tracker, through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), formerly known as the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).

"The Government of Canada's top priority is jobs and the economy and we understand that helping Canadian businesses expand and succeed directly benefits Canadian workers and families by creating jobs, economic growth and long term prosperity," said Minister Duncan. "Our Government is proud to encourage Canada's entrepreneurial spirit by kick-starting Canadian businesses to get their innovative products and services from the lab to the marketplace."

The Bio Tracker is an advanced detector that uses mouse and keystroke biometrics to detect threats to network attacks and web frauds. This innovation is able to verify a user's identity beyond login and throughout the entire session. The software acts like a surveillance camera, helping companies transparently monitor their networks and websites through real-time analysis of network activity, preventing costly network security breaches and web frauds.

"This announcement brings great news for Victoria, and great news for the Canadian economy," added Minister Finley "And with more testing through this program, I hope it will bring great news for the many users who could benefit from this exciting new technology."

"We are very pleased to receive the support of the Government of Canada through this program. This initiative will give a boost to our business and the local economy and the cybersecurity industry," said Dr. Issa Traore, Chief Executive Officer, Plurilock Security Solutions Inc.

The BCIP was launched in 2010 as a pilot program to connect Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. By selling to the federal government, businesses can demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-government customers.

To build on the early success of this program, Economic Action Plan 2012 allocated an additional $95 million over three years, starting in 2013-14, and $40 million per year thereafter to make the BCIP permanent. The program now includes an added military procurement component. A new call for proposals will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information about the program or for the complete list of innovations, please visit the BCIP web page.

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Contact Information

  • Marcel Poulin
    Office of the Honourable Diane Finley

    Public Works and Government Services Canada