Halifax, Canada
Chris Marriott, CEO
Which of the following best describes your company?
Small- or medium-sized company

Type of company (check all applicable)
  • Software
  • Consulting/IT Services

If other, please specify
Cloud Hosting - 100% Canadian, private, secure email, collaboration, file sharing, syncing, backup

Area of Specialization
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Big Data (Data Governance/Data Science & Analytics)
  • Cloud/Infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Storage Encryption Technology
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Commerce
  • SaaS (software as a service)
  • Supply Chain and Logistics

If other, please specify
Software development, mobile app development, database development, interface design, consulting

Do you have a need for / interest in hiring a coop/intern student?
Yes, in the Summer

Describe your company's current technology and solutions
Torusoft develops a wide range of mobile, desktop, web, and database applications for Canada's defence industry, government, and private sector companies. We are proud to count Defence Research Development Canada, Royal Military College, research scientists, defence contractors, and several industry associations across Canada as customers.

Backstage is our 100% Canadian, private, and secure cloud hosting service for email, collaboration, office suite, file storage, sharing, and syncing. Backstage offers privacy, security, and integration in ways our data and advertising-driven competitors simply cannot. Our data centre is located in downtown Halifax and serves a wide range of clients big and small from sectors including defence, legal, financial, government, health, manufacturing, agriculture, fisheries, small business and industry associations.

Are you aware of any current government challenges or opportunities that would be addressed by using your technology solution? Or a future need you can identify?
We offer a platform that powers industry association's member capability and supply chain capability databases. Our platform allows industry and business development associations to promote their members and expose capabilities using a customized database and CMS that powers a robust search engine. Our customers include: Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association, the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace, the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia, Marine Renewables Canada, the Maritimes Energy Association, Fundy Ocean Research for Centre for Energy, the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Enterprise, and the Mining Association of Nova Scotia.

As the COVID crisis continues, please describe specific opportunities where your technology might support Canadian needs / government needs
As companies transition to online sales, marketing, and business development, our industry association platform can help Canadian companies expose their capabilities to national and international opportunities. Our 100% Canadian cloud, Backstage, powers Canadian companies with private and secure email, calendars, contacts, secure chat, office productivity suite, file sharing, and syncing. Backstage is scalable from small companies of just a few people to small and medium companies of hundreds or thousands of employees. Backstage lets you work from anywhere on any device or OS you choose, while always being connected and in sync. We don't work with or sell to advertisers and offer privacy and security our main competitors can not.

Do you have any final reflections or comments?
Our strengths lay in our people, their skills, and experience in computer science, machine learning, software development, interface design, systems engineering, project management, and communications. Our team is diverse in backgrounds, age, gender, and personalities. Our corporate culture is supportive, conscientious, empathetic, and pragmatic - and is carefully guarded and cultivated by Torusoft's two owners and several long-term staff. Torusoft regularly provides work placements and mentorship to students from Nova Scotia's Community College and post secondary institutions, and we have a great track record hiring those students who then stay long-term.