Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

UREEQA Appoints Technology Marketing Leader Kirk Fergusson as CEO

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 1:00pm

Meanwhile, Fergusson - a distinguished technology marketing executive - moves into the CEO role.

Key Points: 
  • Meanwhile, Fergusson - a distinguished technology marketing executive - moves into the CEO role.
  • Adding Kirk Fergusson as CEO is a move in lockstep with that approach, and it will enable me to focus on continuing to strategically build UREEQA into an industry powerhouse."
  • Prior to joining UREEQA, Fergusson led sales operations for SecureKey Technologies, which employs blockchain technology to underpin its innovative identity network.
  • UREEQA provides value and opportunities for its Creators, Validators and Tokenholders via URQA, the token at the heart of the UREEQA ecosystem.

NorthStar Earth & Space secures radio frequency spectrum license approval for planned satellite constellation

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 1:00pm

MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - NorthStar Earth & Space (NorthStar) has received approval in principle from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) authorizing NorthStar to use all of the company's requested radio frequency spectrum allocation for its planned 52-satellite constellation that will deliver a suite of information services related to Earth and space sustainability.

Key Points: 
  • MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - NorthStar Earth & Space (NorthStar) has received approval in principle from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) authorizing NorthStar to use all of the company's requested radio frequency spectrum allocation for its planned 52-satellite constellation that will deliver a suite of information services related to Earth and space sustainability.
  • The ISED approval in principle confirms NorthStar's Canadian spectrum application is in full compliance with the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations.
  • The initial 12-satellite constellation, named "Skylark", is designed with optical sensors directed to near-Earth space and will deliver services to enhance Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and the safety of the space environment.
  • "As NorthStar is advancing towards the launch of its first three Skylark satellites, this authorization from ISED to operate NorthStar's planned 52-satellite constellation with the radio-frequency spectrum that we'll need is an important milestone" said Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar Earth & Space.

NorthStar Earth & Space secures radio frequency spectrum license approval for planned satellite constellation

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 1:00pm

MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -NorthStar Earth & Space (NorthStar) has received approval in principle from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) authorizing NorthStar to use all of the company's requested radio frequency spectrum allocation for its planned 52-satellite constellation that will deliver a suite of information services related to Earth and space sustainability.

Key Points: 
  • MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -NorthStar Earth & Space (NorthStar) has received approval in principle from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) authorizing NorthStar to use all of the company's requested radio frequency spectrum allocation for its planned 52-satellite constellation that will deliver a suite of information services related to Earth and space sustainability.
  • The ISED approval in principle confirms NorthStar's Canadian spectrum application is in full compliance with the Radio Regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations.
  • The initial 12-satellite constellation, named "Skylark", is designed with optical sensors directed to near-Earth space and will deliver services to enhance Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and the safety of the space environment.
  • "As NorthStar is advancing towards the launch of its first three Skylark satellites, this authorization from ISED to operate NorthStar's planned 52-satellite constellation with the radio-frequency spectrum that we'll need is an important milestone" said Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar Earth & Space.

Minister Ng announces a joint statement committing to a federal-provincial partnership with B.C. to advance an integrated cleantech market

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 8:29pm

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, and the Honourable Ravi Kahlon, British Columbia's Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, released a joint statement committing to advancing the development of an integrated market for cleantech innovation in Canada.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, and the Honourable Ravi Kahlon, British Columbia's Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, released a joint statement committing to advancing the development of an integrated market for cleantech innovation in Canada.
  • This integrated market will bring together cleantech product suppliers and buyers, making it easier for prospective customers to find the cleantech innovations they need, while supporting growth opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs) in the cleantech community.
  • Cleantech offers significant benefits to Canadians, including reduced electricity costs, cleaner air and the creation of more than 211,000well-paying jobs.
  • In 2019, cleantech contributed more than $28.8billion to the Canadian economy, including the export of approximately $7.05billion in cleantech goods and services.

Affordable high-speed Internet for low-income seniors and families

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 2:00pm

Today, the Honourable Franois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced the second phase of Connecting Families, which will help connect hundreds of thousands of low-income seniors and families to affordable high-speed home Internet in 2022.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the Honourable Franois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced the second phase of Connecting Families, which will help connect hundreds of thousands of low-income seniors and families to affordable high-speed home Internet in 2022.
  • This new phase will also broaden eligibility from families receiving the maximum Canada Child Benefit (CCB) to include low-income seniors.
  • By working with Internet service providers across the country, we are increasing accessibility and providing all Canadians with affordable and reliable Internet."
  • Providing low-income seniors with affordable access to high-speed Internet service will make a tremendous difference in their everyday lives.

Minister Rodriguez announces Shop Local investment in Quebec

Monday, August 9, 2021 - 4:00pm

This is part of a national investment of $33 million to support Shop Local campaigns across the country announced by Minister Ng on June 21.

Key Points: 
  • This is part of a national investment of $33 million to support Shop Local campaigns across the country announced by Minister Ng on June 21.
  • Funding for Shop Local in Quebec will be provided through the FCCQ to support awareness-building campaigns that promote consumer confidence and local businesses.
  • The shop local promotions this funding will support throughout Quebec will help boost consumer confidence and get customers back through businesses' doors and employees back in their jobs."
  • It is a privilege for the FCCQ to be involved in and contribute to the success of these shop local campaigns."

Inspect Point Launches UL-C Canadian Standards Workflow

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 1:46pm

UL-C Standards is accredited as a Standards Development Organization by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), a federal Crown corporation that oversees Canada's National Standards System.

Key Points: 
  • UL-C Standards is accredited as a Standards Development Organization by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), a federal Crown corporation that oversees Canada's National Standards System.
  • Jennifer Doyle, Co-founder and VP of Customer Success for Inspect Point said, "We are applying the same detailed knowledge and dedicated expertise to the Canadian codes and standards that we do to the US codes.
  • The addition of the UL-C standards to the Inspect Point platform help to not only expand our offerings globally, but offer a best-in-class offering to our Canadian fire alarm customers.
  • About Inspect Point: Inspect Point is a fire protection platform for Inspection and Service used by service contractors and facility managers.

Minister Champagne marks the completion of construction of the Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Montréal

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:53pm

Today,the Honourable Franois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the completion of construction of the new Biologics Manufacturing Centre on the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) Royalmount site in Montral, Qubec.

Key Points: 
  • Today,the Honourable Franois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the completion of construction of the new Biologics Manufacturing Centre on the National Research Council of Canada's (NRC) Royalmount site in Montral, Qubec.
  • Once fully licensed and operational, the Biologics Manufacturing Centre will have full end-to-end manufacturing capabilities.
  • The National Research Council of Canada is responsible for the construction, fit-up and initial operation of the Biologics Manufacturing Centre.
  • Construction of the Biologics Manufacturing Centre took only 10 months, whereas construction of similar facilities typically takes two years or more to complete.

CFSC-OPEC recognizes TELUS for its long-standing support of the CFS+ program and its recent support of the CEO Pledge

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 6:00pm

The CEO Pledge is a joint effort from some of Canadas leading businesses, initiated by Microsoft Canada, to commit their used technology to the Government of Canadas Computers for Schools Plus program.

Key Points: 
  • The CEO Pledge is a joint effort from some of Canadas leading businesses, initiated by Microsoft Canada, to commit their used technology to the Government of Canadas Computers for Schools Plus program.
  • For the past 25 years, the CFS+ program has provided millions of Canadians with resources and opportunities to participate in the digital economy, thanks to support from long standing donors like TELUS.
  • Since 1993, the CFS+ program has refurbished and redistributed over 1.7 million computers to schools, libraries, not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous communities, and eligible low-income families.
  • TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions throughout the agriculture value chain, supporting better food outcomes from improved agri-business data insights and processes.

Government of Canada announces support for research into mobility and public transit issues

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 3:00pm

The 23 projects funded will examine and synthesize existing research on mobility and public transit issues in urban, rural and remote areas across Canadaand provide useful directions for future research.

Key Points: 
  • The 23 projects funded will examine and synthesize existing research on mobility and public transit issues in urban, rural and remote areas across Canadaand provide useful directions for future research.
  • Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $13 billion in 1,300 public transit projects for communities across Canadathe largest public transit investment in Canadian history.
  • Infrastructure Canada and SSHRC are collaborating to fund the Knowledge Synthesis Grants on mobility and public transit.
  • Evidence briefs of the research will be made available to the public to assist in developing future research agendas and support evidence-based decision-making.