SAINT JOHN (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant and David Drury, general manager of global technology services at IBM Canada, visited the company’s office in Saint John, where plans to expand operations will create 110 new full-time jobs.

“IBM is a global business that can grow anywhere in the world,” said Gallant. “IBM has chosen to invest and create jobs in New Brunswick because it recognizes that our people are world leaders in information technology (IT).”

IBM, a world leader in IT and cybersecurity, announced earlier in the week it will expand its New Brunswick operations, creating up to 250 new full-time jobs during the next three years, including 110 new jobs in Saint John, 40 new jobs in Florenceville-Bristol and 100 new jobs in Fredericton in cybersecurity.

“This economic development investment will create a hub of IT and security technology expertise and high-value jobs in New Brunswick,” said Drury. “Together, we are planting these economic development seeds to help transition New Brunswick into a knowledge worker economy that can positively tackle huge challenges, such as the monumental growth of cybercrime, for the benefit of all Canadians and organizations worldwide.”

The employees will help IBM develop core skills as the IT industry shifts from systems integration to a services integration model.

The IBM Security QRadar analyzes data across an organization’s IT infrastructure to identify potential security threats. It also serves as the “brains” of IBM’s 10 security operation centres around the globe. The technology is primarily designed, built, tested and supported in New Brunswick.