The Edward Drake Building

Edward Drake Building

The Edward Drake Building (EDB) is located in Ottawa, Ontario and provides a modern and efficient work environment for our 2,200 CSE employees. Built in 2014, the EDB exemplifies a “nature meets technology” feel with its bright and open spaces. It offers a collaborative and innovative space, welcoming the exceptional people that together accomplish our mission.


Edward Drake

The EDB was named for Lt. Colonel Edward Drake, a pioneer of the Canadian signals intelligence. Drake’s career in signals intelligence spanned four decades.

In 1945 he served as the director of the wartime joint discrimination unit, which brought together signals intelligence units from Canada’s Navy, Army, Air Force and the Civilian Examination Unit.

In 1946, Drake was named Director of Canada’s first peace time cryptologic agency, the Communications Branch of the National Research Council, or the CBNRC. The CBNRC grew under his leadership for 25 years, and in 1975, became the Communications Security Establishment.


About the EDB


  • Modern, collaborative, and flexible work environment
  • 3,000 sq. m glass wall for natural light
  • 400+ person conference centre
  • Visitors Centre with classrooms and event facilities
  • Atrium for large scale organization events
  • Campus-like atmosphere on patio
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Multipurpose field (Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, flag football)
  • 5 km of groomed walking trails

In addition to the EDB being a very pleasant workplace, we are very proud that it is LEED® Gold Certified. Some important green features of the EDB are:

  • The reflective roof that shields the building from the sun, thereby decreasing the amount of heat that penetrates the building.
  • The collected rainwater that is treated and used for flushing toilets.
  • The solar array on the roof of the parking garage that enables that area of the facility to operate with a net zero energy consumption.

Living in Ottawa

In Ottawa, you’ll find affordable housing in family-friendly neighbourhoods. It’s an area full of leisure and sports opportunities, with rivers, the Rideau Canal, forest trails and more than 600 kilometres of multi-use pathways. Ottawa is just 20 minutes from skiing, hiking and even cottage country. Moneysense magazine recently named Ottawa Canada’s best places to live.