Canada Operations

Optiv Canada Inc.



Who is Optiv Canada?

We’re a Toronto-based Canadian subsidiary of Optiv Security – a cybersecurity solutions integrator (SSI) headquartered in Denver, CO, USA – and we provide cybersecurity consulting, assessments, products and services to businesses and governments.


Canadian businesses and government entities can benefit from our experience supporting thousands of clients. We know the solutions landscape and understand the challenges you face every day – because our unique team of former CISOs, security technologists and operations experts leverage an “I’ve experienced that, and solved that” perspective. The result is solutions that help clients maximize and communicate the effectiveness of their cybersecurity programs.


As an entrenched Canadian business, we offer a global reach with a local touch and provide local security experts, combined with our ability to draw on our worldwide capacity and international experience as needed. No other security solutions integrator can provide this combination.


We’ve focused on further strengthening our in-country services capabilities to better meet the demands of the Canadian public and private sector organizations, concentrating on expanding our expertise across Canada.

How Are We Different?

We take a strategic inside-out approach to cybersecurity. While the traditional threat-centric “outside-in” approach focuses first on identifying specific threats and then reacting with technology procurement, we start with the core requirement of every enterprise – risk mitigation – and build out from there with strategy, infrastructure rationalization, operations optimization and ongoing measurement.


It’s a sustainable risk-centric foundation, implementing proactive and measurable security programs that are far more effective at reducing current and future risk than any other model. We provide strategy with execution – we stay with you all the way – delivering the clarity to get and keep your security tight and right.

We're a Trusted Advisor in the Canadian Market

Organizations in financial services, manufacturing services, infrastructure services and government have turned to us. We’ve achieved a top ranking with large Canadian companies (1,000+ employees) in identity and access management (IAM), risk management and transformation, threat management and security operations.

"In 2019, Optiv was named a Major Player on the IDC MarketScape: Canadian Security Services 2019 Vendor Assessment."


- Security Services Integrator Recognized for Investment in Local Market as well as Breadth of Services and Extensive Technology Partnerships

Canadian Market Benefits From Breadth of Services

Private and public sector entities in Canada are served with expansive local resources and provided with access to our comprehensive service offerings. This helps remove complexity, align the right technology and processes to business needs, and optimize security investments to minimize cost and maximize protection.


Let us help you navigate myriad products and technologies and evaluate their infrastructures and operations to develop a safer, saner and more strategic path forward. Together we’ll shape the appropriate balance of people, process and technology across all cyber domains including:


Our Executive Leadership

  • Cheryl McGrath, Area Vice President and General Manager
  • Michael Doucet, Office of the CISO
  • Ann Garber, Regional Director
  • Osman Baig, Regional Director
  • Phillip Solakov, Solutions Director


With more than 150 collective years of experience in the cybersecurity industry, our executive leadership team is prepared to help you tackle all of your security-related challenges. Our singular focus as a pure-play cybersecurity company allows us to stay ahead of the latest innovations in security and give our clients a sustainable advantage.


For more information on how Optiv Canada can support your cybersecurity requirements, please contact either of the following representatives:


Ann Garber, Regional Director


Osman Baig, Regional Director


Canadian Operations Diagram

Canadian Federal and Provincial Government

– Doing Business With Optiv

Optiv Canada conducts all government business requiring security clearance under Optiv Canada Federal. Optiv Canada Federal was established in 2017 resulting from the acquisition of Conexsys Communications Ltd. Conexsys Communications has been a trusted Canadian security and networking solutions provider since 1997. Optiv acquired Conexsys Communications and changed its name to Optiv Canada Federal Inc. This acquisition increases Optiv’s ability to serve Canadian government clients with expanded skills, knowledge and presence.


Optiv Canada Federal works with all levels of Canadian government to strengthen their cybersecurity programs and initiatives.  


Public Services and Procurement Canada offers several government-wide procurement vehicles to enable departments and agencies to contract more effectively with the private sector for consulting services. Optiv Canada Federal is currently prequalified on a number of these vehicles.


Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has released two Vendor of Record (VOR) lists of pre-qualified Suppliers for Task-Based I&IT and IT Security Product and Services. Optiv Canada Federal has once again been recognized as a valued cybersecurity product and services vendor to the Ontario government – holding both of these VORs.



    PSPC Governement-Wide Vehicles


    Optiv Canada Federal is qualified on the following federal government vehicles:


    Task-Based Informatics Professional Services (TBIPS), Tier 1: EN578-170432/520/EI, B10_1011
    Stream 6 (C) Cyber Protection Services in all Regions.


    C.1 Strategic IT Security Planning and Protection Consultant
    C.2 IT Security Methodology, Policy and Procedures Analyst
    C.3 IT Security TRA and C&A Analyst
    C.4 IT Security Product Evaluation Specialist
    C.5 PKI Specialist
    C.6 IT Security Engineer

    C.7 IT Security Design Specialist
    C.8 Network Security Analyst
    C.9 IT Security Systems Operator
    C.10 IT Security Installation Specialist
    C.12 Incident Management Specialist
    C.13 Physical IT Security Specialist


    Software License Supply Arrangement (SLSA)

    Optiv Canada Federal maintains premium partnerships with more than 150 leading security technology manufacturers in North America and currently holds Software License Supply Arrangements (SLSA) with CyberArk and SailPoint. In fact, in 2019, we were recognized as CyberArk’s partner of the year.



    Solution-Based Informatics Professional Services (SBIPS), Tier 1: EN537-05IT01/J
    Stream 10, Security Management in all Regions


    Cyber Security Procurement Vehicle (CSPV)


    ProServices Supply Arrangement
    Stream 6, Cyber Protection Services


    6.1 Strategic IT Security Planning and Protection Consultant
    6.2 IT Security Methodology, Policy and Procedures Analyst
    6.3 IT Security TRA and C&A Analyst
    6.5 PKI Specialist
    6.6 IT Security Engineer
    6.7 IT Security Design Specialist

    6.8 Network Security Analyst

    6.9 IT Security Systems Operator
    6.10 IT Security Installation Specialist
    6.11 IT Security VA Specialist
    6.12 Incident Management Specialist
    6.15 Computer Forensics Specialist



    Ontario Vendor of Record


    Optiv Canada Federal is qualified on the following Ontario VORs:


    Task-Based I&IT Vendor of Record

    Security Specialist Services, Security Architect Services and Task-Based Consultant Services at all levels.


    Ontario IT Security Product and Services Vendor of Record
    During the IT Security Product and Services VOR re-tender, Optiv Canada Federal was able to expand its capabilities through the addition of 27 Partners and 98 IT security-related technologies across 22 categories for which Optiv provides standard and customized services. Under this VOR, Optiv supports these world-class information security technology partners:

    Blackberry Cylance Logo
    Carbon Black Logo
    Check Point Logo
    Crowdstrike Logo
    Cyberark Logo
    Endace Logo
    Exabeam Logo
    ExtraHop Logo
    FireEye Logo
    Forcepoint Logo
    Fortinet Logo
    IBM Security Logo
    Infoblox Logo
    McAfee Logo
    Microfocus Logo
    Netskope Logo
    Palo Alto Networks Logo
    Ping Identity Logo
    Proofpoint Logo
    Recorded Future Logo
    Securonix Logo
    Skybox Logo
    Splunk Logo
    Tenable Logo
    Thales Logo
    Thycotic Logo
    Zscaler Logo

    Together, with these partners, Optiv is pleased to announce that we have qualified for the below IT Security Product and Service categories:

    Endpoint Protection Platforms SIEM UEBA DDos Detection and Mitigation
    DDI – DNS, DHCP, IPAM PIM Secret Management NIPDS Next Gen Web Application Firewall
    Next-Gen Firewall Traffic Decryption Packet Recorders Firewall Policy Management
    Identification, Authorization Cloud Data Protection Enterprise Governance and Risk Secure Web Gateway
    CASB Security Threat Intelligence Incident Response and Forensics Static Application Testing
    Dynamic Application Testing Enterprise Vulnerability Scanning    

    Optiv Canada Federal is uniquely positioned to bring our experience gained working with Canadian government clients in highly secure, regulated environments over the past 20 years. We are ready to assist Government departments at all levels with planning, building and running the next evolution of cybersecurity solutions.

    For more information on how Optiv Canada Federal can support your government cybersecurity project, please contact our Government Team at