Cyber Security Centre of Excellence

Cyber Security Centre of Excellence


(2021/02/09) Following Kathy, the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (CCoE) accelerates with recent additions to the team, Executive Assistant, Hillary Dux and Project Manager, Lasha Glennie. The combined experience of Hillary’s PTEC background and Lasha’s project management skills from formerly working on the Tech West project has added extra fuel in the CCoE tank to gain greater traction in Manitoba.

MITT Launches Key Industry Training Partnerships in Cyber Security (2020/11/25)

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) has entered a partnership with EC-Council, an industry recognized global information security certification body, to launch short-term training, microcredentials, and certification for in-demand skills in cyber security. 

Through the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence, individual or business learners can develop skills in specializations such as ethical hacking, penetration testing and security operations analyst.

The programs, dubbed Cyber Bootcamps, will be delivered through a train-the-trainer model that allows MITT to recruit and develop a cadre of high-calibre cyber security professionals from within industry that complements the college’s core ICT instructional team.

Hilltop Partner Network, a collaborative of seasoned consultants and specialist consultancies providing business and management consulting services, will oversee the process.

“The Province is pleased to see its investment spur new collaboration opportunities between industry and education,” says Hon. Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Development and Training. “Cyber security is a high-demand sector so swift training and upskilling of professionals who can safeguard businesses and individuals from cyber attacks is crucial.” 

These new offerings will give them the tools they need to either start or advance their careers in the cyber security sector.

News archive

Local ICT leader to head MITT Cyber Security Technical Centre of Excellence (2020/04/03)

MITT, industry, and government announce ICT training initiative (2019/12/17)


Through collaboration with industry partners, MITT will create Western Canada’s leading technical training centre for cyber security professionals.


Through our industry-driven approach, MITT is leveraging local expertise in technology, education, and business to guide development of the Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.

Meet the experts and thought leaders on our advisory council:

Michael Legary, Entrepreneur, cyber security expert, founder of Securris

Ray Hope, CIO, Qualico Homes

Steve Levinson, Vice President, Risk, Security and Privacy/Security Officer, Online Business Systems.

Colin McDonald, CISO, MPI/Manitoba Government

Kevin Roberts, Vice President, ISACA, Manitoba Chapter

Sandra Saric, Founder and Managing Partner, Inclusive Path

Renee Riglin, President and Co-Founder, Hilltop Partner Network

Gord Wong, Territory Account Manager, MB, CheckPoint

Joel Semeniuk, Vice President of Corporate Growth and Innovation, Communitech


The Cyber Security Centre of Excellence builds upon a solid foundation of ICT certificate and diploma programs offered at MITT for decades.

Core programs

Program accreditations


Our programs prepare students for industry certifications that are essential across different specializations in the world of cyber defence, including but not limited to:

  • Check Point Certified Security Administrator
  • CompTIA A+
  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching
  • Cisco CCNA Security
  • CCNA CyberOps
  • Cisco CCNA Collaboration
  • Microsoft MCSA
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • ITIL
  • Linux Essentials, and
  • VMware Certified Associate

Features of MITT’s ICT labs

  • HPE server infrastructure capable of advanced virtualization scenarios;
  • High-definition smart displays;
  • Advanced routers and switches'
  • Flexible classroom configurations to allow theory and practice to co-exist in an environment that mirrors the workplace.

In addition to the expanded benefits the COE will yield for programming and research, it will also be a boon to Manitoba’s K–12 education system by providing post-secondary training opportunities to students in Pembina Trails Early College Program (PTEC).


Kathy Knight, Executive Director
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