Investing in the future generation who will drive the industry forward.

TECTERRA promotes the advancement of the geospatial technology sector in Canada through a distinctive funding portfolio. Established in 2009, TECTERRA operates under a unique funding model that reinvests 95% of the funds to maximize impact and sustainability. This innovative approach has allowed TECTERRA to directly support hundreds of Canadian startups and SMEs by providing crucial financial backing and resources to commercialize geospatial technology.

Over the past decade, TECTERRA has invested over $32 million and with it’s unique funding model, has successfully recouped 65% of the funds, which are reinvested to further industry growth. This model ensures sustained financial support for geospatial programs in Alberta.

Today, TECTERRA leverages returns from previous programs to invest in cutting-edge geospatial initiatives at academic institutions. By focusing on skill development and fostering innovation, TECTERRA is committed to developing the next generation of industry leaders and propelling the geospatial industry forward.


Ensuring the industry is equipped with a workforce is part of TECTERRA’s mission to grow the geospatial industry. As new industries come into play and gain interest in people early in their careers, its important to think about recruitment and the role it plays in a prosperous economy. By investing in geomatics related post-secondary students, we are investing in the future of the industry.

The program offers financial aid for geomatics undergraduates, helps geomatics graduates commercialize technologies within the university, attracts aspiring geomatics enthusiasts, offers co-op and internship opportunities for job placement, and invests in advanced technology to enhance geomatics education. Its main goals are:

  • Elevating Academic Excellence: Empower universities to procure cutting-edge technology hardware and software for their laboratories, ensuring they can deliver education at the forefront of modern standards.
  • Advance Innovation and Commercialization: Stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in the geomatics industry by assisting graduates in commercializing groundbreaking technologies and fostering a thriving ecosystem for geospatial innovation
  • Connect the Industry with Emerging Talent: Bridge the gap between academic excellence and industry needs by creating co-op and internship programs that enable geomatics students to transition into full-time employment seamlessly.
  • Development of Highly Qualified Individuals: Nurture the next generation of geomatics and geospatial experts by providing funding for academic programs and initiatives that empower students to excel in this dynamic field.

We’ve successfully invested $6.2 M in post-secondary programs in 2024.


Over the past decade, we’ve stimulated job creation, company growth, and economic diversification through well-placed investments toward the development and commercialization of innovative geospatial technologies. Through our funding programs, we’ve helped Canadian geospatial technology companies achieve commercial success faster than they could on their own without giving up control, intellectual property or equity.

Since TECTERRA’s inception in 2009, the non-profit organization has directly supported hundreds of startups and SMEs through various funding programs. The successful outcomes of these emerging technology companies have a substantial positive impact on Canada’s traditional economic sectors while providing important diversification for the economy.