Cybersecurity Company Expands to Halifax, Hires Locally

July 10, 2018

Rohid was working at a hotel in Halifax when he met Richard, President and Founder of Network Test Labs (NTL). “I had recently graduated from a local university and was working at the hotel to pay my bills. Richard was a guest there; he was in town doing work for a client. One day, he approached me and asked where he could get a good burger. Naturally, I sent him to Darrell’s.”

The next day, Richard approached Rohid again to tell him he had enjoyed his recommendation. “We started talking about business and he invited me to join him for dinner. We spoke about NTL and current opportunities, and by the end of the meal he had offered me a job!”

Network Test Labs (NTL) is a cybersecurity consultancy firm specializing in online gaming. NTL has a full suite of cybersecurity services and a global reach with clients in nine countries. Rohid joined the NTL team in spring 2017, shortly after the company expanded to Halifax.

“I was hired as the Business Development Specialist, Risk Management. I oversaw operations in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, and Ontario, which involved acquiring new business for the company, fostering new partnerships with local organizations, and providing support to the rest of the team.” Rohid has since been promoted to Director of Sales for Canada.

NTL has locations across North America, including its headquarters in Vancouver and its new office in Halifax. They have also recently expanded to Latin America with offices in Guatemala and Panama.

“We have been growing exponentially over the past few years and as a result, we expanded our operations by opening new locations and hiring new people,” says Richard. “Halifax has a significant concentration of private-sector companies, and it’s well located, which is why we were attracted to expanding here. The city placed as one of fDi’s American Cities of the Future. And, it is a major economic centre in Atlantic Canada, giving us an opportunity to use our skills and capabilities in new markets.” 

“We are also planning to establish a next generation security operations centre, which will require leveraging local universities and Halifax-based resources to gain knowledge on key cybersecurity and research projects,” he adds. “We are already connected with some local businesses and are exploring research programs in Science and Technology at Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University.”

Richard believes that young professionals, like Rohid, are key to growing his company. “Our young employees are integral to the NTL family. They come from different cultural backgrounds with different ways of thinking and working, and we value the opportunity to combine fresh ideas. In Halifax, we have an excellent, capable young team, and they are essential to our business. We are so proud to provide the new generation of young people with opportunities to be part of the IT world.”

Rohid says that his time with NTL so far has been a great experience. He is happy for the opportunity to build a career in Halifax. “I was born in Asia and grew up in the Caribbean. I moved to Nova Scotia to study, and I decided to stay because of the people and the environment. The people who live here are some of the nicest I have ever met. As an immigrant, I was never made to feel like I don’t belong. The overall culture is very welcoming, and definitely second to none.”

Rohid is committed to helping other newcomers settle in Nova Scotia. As a Connector in the Halifax Connector Program, Rohid was introduced to Bo, who he encouraged to apply for the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s One Journey Work and Learn Program. Bo took Rohid’s advice, and upon being accepted into the program and gaining additional skills training through NSCC, she was offered a full-time position at NTL. She is now working on the Artificial Intelligence piece of an Internet of Things project in partnership with Dalhousie University.



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Hector Fraser

Account Executive, Investment Attraction - Innovation
Halifax Partnership