Mayor Watson Signs Continuation Agreement Canadian-Dutch Cybersecurity Soft-landing Program

17 Sep 2019
Author: HSD Foundation

On Tuesday 17 September 2019 a Canadian delegation accompanied his Worship Mayor Jim Watson from Ottawa to visit The Hague Security Delta (HSD). The visit was in context of promoting and continuing the collaboration between both countries, giving businesses the facilities to participate in a Soft landing program. A continuation agreement was signed by Mayor Watson, Chris van Voorden (Innovation Quarter) and Joris den Bruinen (HSD) to strengthen this collaboration for the future. The visit was organised in close cooperation with InnovationQuarter, Invest Ottawa and the Embassy of Canada.


The Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform was set up in 2013 by Invest Ottawa, the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy to the Netherlands InnovationQuarter and HSD. This soft landing program supports businesses from Ottawa to set up office here in the Netherlands and Dutch business to set up office in Ottawa. HSD SME partners interested in exploring the North American market get a unique opportunity to “soft land” for a trial period in Ottawa, Canada’s national hub for the cyber, defence and security sectors with easy access to the full North American market. Canadian SMEs get the opportunity to land in the greater Rotterdam The Hague area.


By participating in the program, each firm will be provided with access to key resources and support by Invest Ottawa and HSD to build a strong regional network in the markets and make strategic connections. Ultimately, the program is conceived to provide a low risk entry trial to Canadian and Dutch companies entering a new international market, accessing the resources they need to more readily tap into commercial opportunities by connecting with new partners, closing new deals, and possibly setting up a permanent presence in the market.

With several introductions from the organising partners, a presentation of former soft-landing participant Magnet Forensics and an open discussion on further collaboration between Ottawa and the West-Holland all parties hope that Mayor Watson’s visit will stimulate businesses to participate in one of the soft-landing programs and help to exchange knowledge and do more business.


Interested to soft-land in Canada?

There are plenty opportunities to ‘soft land’ with your business in Canada. A soft-land program offers a unique opportunity to ‘soft land’ for a trial period in the market of HSD’s partner-ecosystems. It provides a low risk entry trial to companies and entrepreneurs entering a new international market, accessing the resources they need to more readily tap into commercial opportunities.

There are soft-landing programmes with Canada and also with the Global EPIC Soft-Landing Programme you can soft-land in this country. If you are interested and want to learn more about the soft landing platform in Canada or interested in other countries to soft-land like the US, Taiwan, Poland and the UK? Please do not hesitate to contact the HSD Foundation:

Chris Klompenhouwer ( or Bert Feskens (



HSD Partners involved