Join us in building the geospatial industry in Canada.
"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
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.
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 streams. Through 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 end–users, and 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|
|Industry (direct or in-kind)||$5M||$25M|
|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 impressive! By 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 eight–times return on the government investment.
How to Participate
BECOME A PARTNER
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.
BECOME A SUPPORTER
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.