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Northern Block Opens Gatineau Office – Expansion into Québec Market

Mathieu Glaude

February 24, 2022

Gatineau, February 23, 2022 – Toronto-based Northern Block, recognized for its world class leadership in the field of self-sovereign identity (SSI), is pleased to announce its arrival in Gatineau, Québec. The opening of this office at Zibi is expected to create ten specialized jobs in digital identity within the next year. 

“Gatineau is a strategic location for us, offering us the opportunity of selling our products & services within the Québec and Federal Government markets, as well as encouraging companies in the metropolitan area to take advantage of the numerous benefits of self-sovereign identity relative to cybersecurity and the decentralization of information. The assistance provided by ID Gatineau, as well as the city’s innovation zone project also influenced our decision to choose Gatineau.” – Mathieu Glaude, CEO, Northern Block

“This announcement confirms the vibrancy and attractiveness of Gatineau’s ecosystem, especially with our Connexité (innovation zone) project, for companies in the fields of cybersecurity and digital identity”, asserts France Bélisle, Mayor of Gatineau.

“I would like to use this opportunity to invite companies from outside the region and that are specialized in these sectors, to contact ID Gatineau, to also discover the many advantages of establishing yourselves in our city”, adds Mayor Bélisle.

“We are thrilled that Northern Block is the most recent company to take part in ID Gatineau’s Soft Landing program. This program is designed to facilitate the arrival of companies in key economic sectors with help in establishing a first office, getting integrated into the social-economic fiber of the city, benefit from various partner programs, and even help with commercialization. Northern Block’s leadership as a supplier of self-sovereign identity solutions within Canada is now clearly established, and we consider it a privilege that they will be developing and providing their expertise in Gatineau in this high-growth field,” declared Mr. Pierre Plangger, president of ID Gatineau.

Recently installed in their new offices, Northern Block has already begun collaborating with partners in the local ecosystem.

“With the help of members of the Connexité project, including the Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada, Northern Block is working to release an entirely bilingual version of its self-sovereign digital identity platform. This new platform will provide service, in the Canadian official language of their choice, for clients seeking an SSI solution” stated Mr. Pierre Roberge, Director General, Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada.

It is worth noting that Northern Block is presently searching for talented individuals to help grow its new Gatineau office, especially with regards to programmers and project managers that have experience in the field of digital identity. If you, or someone you know, is up to this challenge, check out our job listings.

About Northern Block 

Recognized worldwide in the field of self-sovereign identify (SSI), Northern Block offers a range of products that allow individuals the possibility of controlling and protecting their digital identity. For more detailed information, visit: 

  • Olivier Dubeau
  • Director, Sales & Partnerships

About ID Gatineau 

As the Economic Development Organization (EDO) of the City of Gatineau, ID Gatineau’s mission is to work with businesses that will create wealth within the city to develop and diversify its economy. For more detailed information, visit: 

  • Jean-François Guitard
  • Director, Communication & Marketing
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