Global tech leader, Cisco, has announced a $15m investment to bring artificial intelligence and cybersecurity jobs to Western Canada.

Enabling it to better focus on digital transformation, the investment will go towards hiring senior AI job positions within their cybersecurity divisions in Vancouver as well as a $7m investment to create a new cybersecurity office in Calgary.

Cisco is also looking to build on its networking partnership with non-profit organisation, YYC Net Lab, providers of cost-effective access to networking education for immigrants and indigenous women. Cisco will also be looking to grow NPower Canada’s presence in Calgary.

Rola Dagher, president of Cisco Canada, said: “Getting the most out of the digital world of tomorrow means investing and preparing for it today.

“The commitments will build on our strong track record of creating successful partnerships in Western Canada that have empowered individuals to grow their careers, strengthened the country’s technology ecosystem and laid the foundations for a prosperous future for all Canadians.”

These investments are the first wave of Cisco Canada’s ‘Country Digitization Acceleration Program’, which will look to create jobs and inspire further digital transformation across the country.

YYC Net Lab’s Nick Jeffrey, said: “Cisco has been a key partner in growing the skills, knowledge and experience of Calgarians who are intent on achieving successful careers in the technology sector.

“This continued collaboration sets the stage for us to prepare students from all walks of life for rewarding and engaging careers in technology. This is precisely the kind of talent that’s needed here, and we’re proud to be working with Cisco to help further grow Calgary’s local technology expertise.”