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ORION Named One of Canada’s Top Tech Companies

Branham Group’s annual ranking of Information and Communication Technology Companies

(Toronto) – The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) has been named one of the Canada’s top information and communications technology companies by the Branham Group.

Ranked 238 in the annual review of Canada’s IT sector, ORION is the only research, education and innovation network to make the 2014 list. ORION’s federal counterpart, CANARIE, has previously been named to the Branham300 list.

The Branham Group has conducted 21 reviews of Canada’s IT sector for ground-breaking, innovative and high-revenue companies.

Quick Facts:

  • ORION is one of the largest and fastest research, education and innovation (RE&I) networks in the world.
  • ORION currently supports nearly 2 million users in colleges, universities, school boards, hospitals and other centres of innovation and learning.
  • ORION’s fibre-optic network has 27 points of presence across Ontario with connections to other RE&I and carrier networks.
  • ORION was the first in Canada to deploy a 100G network and recently field tested 400G with Alcatel-Lucent.


“We are extremely pleased to receive this honour from the Branham Group,” says Andy Lam, ORION’s Director of Engineering. “Following the success of exceeding industry standards by field testing 400G on our network, we remain committed to pushing our own capabilities to better serve Ontario’s RE&I institutions.”

About ORION:

As Ontario’s backbone of innovation, the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is one of the largest Research, Education and Innovation (RE&I) networks in the world. We connect all of Ontario’s universities, most colleges, several teaching hospitals, public research facilities, and a growing number of Ontario’s school boards to one another and to a global network of RE&I connections. In addition to providing one of the world’s fastest broadband connections, we are a research and innovation partner for our members. Through our technology and support, ORION constantly strives to keep Ontario on the leading edge of innovation.

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For further information:

Cathy Bogaart
Director, Marketing and Communications
Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION)
Office: 416.507.9860 ext. 250
Mobile: 416.558.9546