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RHEA Group acquires Security Through Safe Design


July 6, 2021
By SP&T Staff

RHEA Group Tuesday announced the acquisition of Ottawa-based consulting firm Security Through Safe Design.

A company statement indicates the acquisition is “part of RHEA’s strategic plan to expand its security portfolio and strengthen its security consulting offering globally.”

According to its website, RHEA Group “provides bespoke engineering solutions, systems development and security services for space, military, government and other critical infrastructure.” The company has more than 650 employees, was founded in 1992 and is based in Belgium with offices in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Canada.

André Sincennes, RHEA Group

RHEA president André Sincennes said of the acquisition: “As part of RHEA Group’s growth strategy, we are always looking for companies that will complement and add significant benefit to our business and our clients. The acquisition of Security Through Safe Design enhances our existing physical security management consultancy services, and together with our existing cybersecurity offering, strengthens our position as a world-leading security services and solutions provider.”

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William VanRyswyk, president and CEO, Security Through Safe Design, added, “Security Through Safe Design is excited to join RHEA Group and we are looking forward to working with our new team members to expand our service offerings internationally.

“Security Through Safe Design’s experience and extensive industry network has always been vendor-neutral, and we pride ourselves on providing guidance and recommendations to our clients that best suit their needs and budget. We are delighted that our way of doing business aligns with RHEA’s culture and ethos, which enables us to continue to work diligently and in synergy with the RHEA team. I am confident that both companies’ clients will benefit from our combined expertise, including Security Through Safe Design’s focus on transportation and involvement in light rail transit projects across Canada.”


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