Where we work

CSE is based in Ottawa. We have two locations:

  • Edward Drake Building (EDB)
  • 1625 Vanier Parkway

The default workplace for CSE employees is one of those two locations. Flexible work arrangements, including telework for a portion of the work week, may be possible.

Edward Drake Building

EDB Outside building view in the summer

Opened in 2014, EDB exemplifies a ‘nature meets technology’ feel with its bright and open spaces.

The building was named for Lt. Colonel Edward Drake, a pioneer of Canadian signals intelligence.

This facility includes:

  • modern, collaborative, and flexible work environment
  • campus-like atmosphere
  • 3,000 sq. m glass wall for natural light
  • on-site coffee shop
  • cafeteria with pizza oven
  • patio
  • conference centre for 400 people
  • visitors centre with classrooms and event facilities
  • reflection room
  • sand volleyball court
  • basketball court
  • multipurpose field (Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, flag football)
  • natural outdoor spaces with pathways and seating areas

We are very proud that the EDB is LEED® Gold Certified and is also a recipient of the 2020 BOMA BEST Platinum Certification, an award that recognizes environmental excellence.

Some important green features are:

  • reflective roof that shields the building from the sun, reducing the need for air conditioning
  • collected rainwater that is treated and used for flushing toilets
  • solar array on the roof of the parking garage

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1625 Vanier Parkway

Outside building view (VANIER)

With the launch of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security in 2018, CSE found it necessary to expand into a second location.

1625 Vanier Parkway allows us to host outside partners for meetings, conferences, learning events and long-term projects.

Employees are equipped with laptops and smart phones, and work most often at an unclassified level.

Highlights of the space include:

  • sit-stand workstations
  • comfortable discussion areas
  • Wi-Fi, including visitor Wi-Fi
  • kitchen and lounge areas on each floor
  • on-site fitness facility with cardio and weight machines
  • reflection room
  • multi-purpose centre for events and training
  • proximity to the Rideau River Eastern Pathway multi-use trail

1625 Vanier Parkway is also the home of the Learning Hub, which runs cyber security and communications security training for Government of Canada employees.

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