We are excited to announce that GTAnet and ORION have joined forces to serve our communities better.
Effective April 1, 2023, ORION and GTAnet are one entity that will continue using the name ORION.
ORION and GTAnet decided to increase our impact and ability to make a difference in the community we serve. Together we will sustain a consolidated network that is more robust and responsive to the community’s needs. Combining the powerful regional collaboration of GTAnet with ORION’s provincial and national engagement will enable a significant positive transformation for Ontario’s research and education community.
We want to assure our members and supporters that this amalgamation will not change the services currently provided by either organization. Instead, it will allow us to support the collective needs of this community better.
ORION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ontario researchers, educators, and innovators.
How we serve ORION’s community
Cultivating purpose and engagement within the industry
Our commitment to transparency, equity and engagement enables an intentional balance between collaboration, inclusivity, operational excellence, and focus.
Supporting world class research, education and innovation platform
ORION sustains and constantly advances the province’s shared essential research, education, and innovation platform. We protect its value and performance, driven by world-class standards and an ambition for equitable access.
Building trusted community partnerships
ORION connects Ontario’s research, education, and innovation ecosystem through trusted, relevant community partnerships. We lead transparent, focused conversations to unify our voices for shared digital infrastructure.
Our network can open doors that you never even knew existed.When you join ORION, you become part of an elite group of researchers, educators, students, and innovators with access to resources that can be difficult or impossible to access any other way.
Six Nations Polytechnic joined ORION and Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) in a groundbreaking partnership. They were officially connected in July 2023, becoming the first Indigenous owned and governed institution in Ontario and Canada to be part of the network.
Certified Network Defender is designed to help organizations create and deploy the most comprehensive network defence system. The adaptive strategy is built on a 4-pronged approach focused on protecting digital business assets, detecting, responding to, and predicting cyber threats by leveraging threat intelligence.
Ontario public libraries connect their communities to e-resources, multi-media programs, and digital content creation. It is crucial for libraries to have a robust digital infastructure. ORION can help libraries meet these goals. The Ontario Library Association is working with ORION to facilitate digital discovery in communities across Ontario.
As CIO of Laurentian, I know firsthand the rich opportunities a small university has to offer, such as diversity in research and flexibility in customizing undergraduate and graduate degrees, all while enjoying state-of-the-art facilities and technology. ORION understands that the needs of bigger, urban universities are inherently different from the needs of smaller, rural universities like Laurentian. ORION is attentive to the concerns and interests of university educations and students – no matter how remote the school might be.