Global CDN provider Cloudflare has opened its first office in Canada to provide better support, innovation, and growth for its Canadian clients.
The new Cloudflare office is found in Toronto and will help to provide better support to customers in Canada as they grow. This expansion shows the company is dedicated to investing in the region and wants to help support its growing client base across Canada. The Canada-based team for Cloudflare is tasked with spreading brand awareness, acquiring new customers, recruiting local talent, and supporting current customers.
Toronto was chosen as the first Canadian location for the CDN provider partly because of the deep pool of talent found within the area. Cloudflare has a very diverse and highly skilled workforce, which they would like to add to in the Toronto region.
Within the last year, Cloudflare has grown its team by more than 40 percent. Today, Cloudflare has more than 1,700 employees globally. The initial functions prioritized for the Toronto office include Engineering, Research and Development, Customer Success, Marketing, Sales, and Partnerships. Cloudflare’s Toronto location will join its other global offices in San Francisco, CA, Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Seattle, WA, Washington, D.C., Lisbon, London, Munich, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.
Roots in Canada
With a network spanning more than 100 countries and 200 cities, Cloudflare isn’t a stranger to Canada. In fact, the company established a data center in Canada back in 2021. Their CDN network spans across seven Canadian cities, but this is the first actual office location they have opened in the country.
Cloudflare serves more than 3.5 million CDN customers across the world and already provides services for many clients in Canada including nonprofits, healthcare companies, enterprises, and more. Shopify is one of the larger Canadian Cloudflare customers with more than 1 million storefronts. They also serve other large companies in Canada, such as Wealthsimple and Thomson Reuters.
A Focus on Non-Profit Organizations
One of the focuses of Cloudflare has been to provide CDN technology services to non-profits. They do this through Project Galileo, which helps to equip artistically and politically important journalists and organizations with the tools they need to fight off online attacks. Compute Canada and GlobalMedic are two of the recipients of Project Galileo in Canada.
Working with the Academic Community
Along with non-profits, Cloudflare has a dedication to working with the academic community in Canada. They work with many research teams including the University of Waterloo to help advance cybersecurity, privacy, and cryptography.
With a new location in Canada, Cloudflare hopes to expand its work with the academic community. They will be closer to the research center for the University of Waterloo, which may provide more resources for advancing security, privacy, and cryptography.
Over the past year, Cloudflare has grown its team of workers by about 40%. They employ more than 1,700 people across the world and just added even more with the new office in Toronto.
“As a proud Canadian I’m especially excited that we are hiring local talent to further support our Canadian customers in the world’s tenth largest national economy,” said Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder, President and COO of Cloudflare. “Cloudflare blocks billions of cyber attacks in Canada each day for our customers. As the world continues to rely on the Internet, we look forward to securing and accelerating Canadian organizations and giving their users, customers, and teams the tools they need to be fast, reliable, and secure no matter where they are working.”