Join us in building the geospatial industry in Canada.

TECTERRA is leading the development of a national consortium of geomatics and geospatial technology companies. The goals of the consortium are to accelerate the development of innovative geospatial technology, grow the geospatial industry in Canada, and facilitate collaboration between large companies, small companies, non-profits, and academia. 
The geospatial industry in Canada is healthy with many companies pursuing technology development and commercialization. By collaborating and working together we believe that all parties will have an opportunity to grow, access new markets, and new channels for their products and services. We are building this consortium with the intent of applying to Stream 5 of the Federal Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)as well as attracting matching funding from the Province of Alberta and direct or in-kind contributions from industry.  

"Our goal in leading this initiative is to apply our success in commercializing geospatial technologies in Alberta to a national level. The first step is uniting the companies who shape and utilize these technologies everyday."

- Jonathan Neufeld, CEO, TECTERRA

Consortium Focus and Work

Technical Excellence

We’ll focus on areas where Canada already is, or has a strong opportunity to be, a world leader in geospatial technology. To help achieve this, the consortium will support near-term applied research projects in academic settings, and industry-driven innovation in products and services.

Industry Development

We’ll advocate for and support the growth of the geospatial industry in Canada, including in the digital transformation of user-industries. Through well placed investments in innovative market-driven technology, the consortium will increase company revenue and create new jobs.

Data Infrastructure & Access

The consortium will advocate for improved data infrastructure and access to open data. Through this, we’ll develop geospatial-friendly policies and best practices for industry adoption.


We’ll work to grow general awareness for the geospatial industry to attract new students and worker, while retaining the existing talent pool.

Benefits of Participation

All consortium participants will have access to partnership opportunities, networking events, as well as access to funding and support programs.


will forge partnerships with small companies who are fast-moving and willing to take on riskier technology challenges than a large corporate structure would allow. Partnerships allow large companies to find new channels for under-utilized intellectual property or product streamsThrough access to academic partners, large companies will tackle complex and leading-edge projects that they couldn’t have taken on alone. 


benefit by access to large endusersand the ability to deploy existing intellectual property. Through  partnerships, small companies gain powerful allies and access to large markets. Critically, small companies will gain access to funding and other programs to develop their own unique intellectual property and innovative technology while offsetting a substantial portion of the risk. 


and other academic institutions will pursue near term applied research projects in collaboration with industry users. The consortium will also support work-integrated learning, and student internships, as well as licensing of IP into spin offs and existing companies.

Forecast Budget and Anticipated Outcomes


At this early stage we are working with a preliminary budget which includes forecast funding from the Federal Government, Provincial Government, and contributions by industry through the development of new products and services. As this is a preliminary budget, it’s important to note that funding has not yet been secured.  

Contributor   Yearly Contribution   Five-year total 
Strategic Innovation Fund  $5M  $25M 
Alberta Government   $4M  $20M 
Industry (direct or in-kind)  $5M  $25M 
Total  $14M  $70M 
Outcome  Five-year total 
Industry-led Projects  57 
Near-term Applied Research Projects  11 
HQP Jobs Created  417 
Jobs retained in Canada  335 
Total Economic Impact for Canada  $355,657,500 
Return on Government Investment  7.90


Using TECTERRA’s results to date as a template for the potential outcomes of this consortium, the potential benefits are impressiveBy working together, this consortium has the potential for 60 technology development projects launched, over 400 new jobs created, and over 300 highly skilled jobs retained in Canada. This all adds up to $355M in economic impact for Canada, nearly an eighttimes return on the government investment.  

How to Participate


15 Available

Partners will have greater ability to influence the direction and outcomes of the consortium, as well as greater access to finding. They’ll be listed on any applications to government and may be eligible for roles on the Project Advisory Committee or Board.


30+ Available

Supporting companies may engage as with interest in the consortium as a technology developer, project partner, or licensor of IP. Supporters are encouraged to submit a letter of support to accompany funding applications to the government.


TECTERRA is a government-funded non-profit based in Calgary and has been supporting technology and business innovation in the geomatics and geospatial industry since 2009. Through a range of programs TECTERRA works with start-ups, as well as small and medium companies to develop and commercialize new technologiessupport job creation, and grow the industry. Since 2009 TECTERRA has invested $50M into the Canadian economy. This funding has been in support of 275 companies, including investments into nearly 100 companies, leading to the creation of 441 new jobsTo date, these companies have generated $144M in revenue, and over $321M in actual economic impact – with $626M economic impact forecast by 2021. 




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