MEDIA ADVISORY – Closing the Skills Gap: Cloud Computing at the University of Ottawa

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The University of Ottawa is partnering with CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, to be the first University in Canada to offer cloud computing specialist certification to professionals and the general public.

OTTAWA, January 27, 2021 – The University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) and the Faculty of Engineering is partnering with CENGN to revitalize professional development learning opportunities in cloud computing.

Join us Thursday, January 28th, for the launch of this exciting new program providing self-paced online training content, lab infrastructure and certification exams for the CENGN Cloud System Specialist (CCSS). Hear from Canadian Tech Leaders on the importance of talent development and training to stimulate industry growth and success in our innovation economy.

The uOttawa-CENGN partnership establishes a knowledge hub between industry, public sector and academia, offering innovative learning platforms that drive competencies and leadership. This exciting new partnership ensures the next generation of cloud systems specialists and graduates of this program will be some of the most sought out experts of the industry.

Added to uOttawa’s higher education leadership, CENGN Academy provides practical skills and industry credentials through engaging self-paced training with enhanced learner support.  Learners will also have the unique opportunity to conduct hands-on labs on the commercial grade CENGN Testbed.


  • Closing the Skills Gap – Cloud Computing Launch
  • Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2021
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Keynote: Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO TELUS
  • Registration link:

The event features several speakers, including a special guest presentation from Ibrahim Gedeon, TELUS’ CTO, who will share insights on how to enable innovation; and how organizations are addressing today’s challenges of technology being global and the rise of non-traditional competition.

“Partnering with an institution like the University of Ottawa is a major step for CENGN Academy and our organization’s continued effort to further develop the talent pool of Canadian professionals in cloud networking,” said Jean-Charles Fahmy, President and CEO of CENGN.  “Training and talent development is a journey, from learning the theoretical foundations, to experiential hands-on learning and internships, to career-long continuous development. Network technology is the backbone of digital transformation, and it is imperative that we nurture the growth of the talented workforce that will enable Canada to not only be an adopter of technology, but a leader in its innovation.”

The CENGN partnership will also provide an opportunity for research leadership that directly enhances one of the Faculty of Engineering’s five focus research areas - Technologies for Digital Transformation of Society. It further enhances the Faculty’s strategy in the area of continuing education, lifelong learning and graduate studies.

“The Faculty of Engineering at uOttawa is committed to supporting our partners at a time where lifelong learning has become so critical” said Jacques Beauvais, Dean, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ottawa. “We're very proud of our distinctive approach in working closely with the Professional Development Institute (PDI) at uOttawa in order to train not only our students at the leading edge of cloud computing, but also to be a key player and a valued partner in supporting innovation throughout industry in Canada.”

About University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute 

The University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) occupies a unique position in the field of advanced education and applied leadership training. Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, near several important national institutions, PDI develops and delivers innovative learning for leaders across sectors in both official languages. Our courses and programs are built upon a solid foundation of providing professional development and executive training in Ottawa for more than a generation. Professional Development Institute:

About the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering provides its graduates with top quality education in engineering and computer science, preparing them to practice their professions competently to meet the ever-changing needs of society, and to continue learning their discipline, allowing them to move into other related fields including business, law and medicine. Excellence and diversity in research are essential to our mission and build on our strong collaboration with industry and government research laboratories.


CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, drives technology innovation and industry growth through the organization’s test bed, technical expertise, talent development, and partner ecosystem. CENGN’s ecosystem includes members Bell Canada, Cisco, EXFO, Invest Ottawa, Juniper Networks, Mitel, Nokia, Ribbon Communications, TELUS, and Wind River.

Through projects, CENGN enables Small & Medium Canadian Enterprises to test and validate promising technologies, removing barriers to product commercialization and accelerating market growth. CENGN also develops Canada’s talent pool of network and cloud professionals through its student program and CENGN Academy:


  • Isabelle Mailloux Pulkinghorn, Manager, Media Relations, uOttawa, 613 240 0275,
  • Rick Penwarden, Senior Manager, Marketing, CENGN -Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, 613-963-1200 ex:329,
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