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LOOKNorth selected for 5-year federal investment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 30, 2018 – St. John’s, NL

LOOKNorth selected for federal investment

C-CORE centre of excellence for remote sensing innovation to receive $10 million over five years to network and support remote sensing innovators and ensure innovations match industry and community needs

C-CORE is pleased to announce that LOOKNorth, its centre of excellence for remote sensing innovation, is one of the five Canadian research and innovation hubs selected for investment over the coming five years.

LOOKNorth was established in 2011 as a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) under the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program to create a cross-Canada network of industry, research and community stakeholders, dedicated to remote sensing innovation that can support safe and sustainable development and operations in Canada’s North. Over the past 7 years, the LOOKNorth Network has grown and strengthened by cooperating to validate satellite and other monitoring technologies for use in these challenging and environmentally sensitive environments, providing cost-effective access to reliable information that can support project and regulatory decision-making for all stakeholders.

LOOKNorth provides remote sensing SMEs with a bridge to commercial markets, through a combination in-house technology and demonstration expertise, project management support, continuous engagement with end users to understand market needs, and business development support. A particular focus is supporting the emerging generation of powerful UAVs and small satellites.

LOOKNorth’s business plan will leverage the Government of Canada’s investment of $10M with investments from its partner network to deliver a $50M program that fosters innovation in remote sensing technologies and Northern capacity building while becoming a sustainable centre.  LOOKNorth is working with Canada’s leading satellite SMEs to advance innovative missions into global markets; with Unmanned Systems Canada (USC) to support Canada’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector and advance beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations; and with stakeholders in Canada’s Northern Communities to help build capacity in UAV remote sensing technologies/services. 

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“We’re very pleased that the Government of Canada is continuing to support LOOKNorth’s leadership in our country’s remote sensing sector. We’re proud to connect research, development and entrepreneurial talent with the industries and communities that need them, in order to ensure that relevant innovations improve safety, environmental stewardship and socio-economic well-being for all Canadians.“       - Paul Griffin, President & CEO, C-CORE

“This investment will ensure that our work can continue to generate benefits to Canada, particularly by bringing the advantages of remote sensing to bear on the challenges of monitoring Canada’s vast and ecologically sensitive North. We’re particularly pleased to be working with technology partners who are being recognized and world leaders, and partners who are embracing technologies to build capacity for the next generation of Northerners.  LOOKNorth’s Northern partners are establishing technology capacity and community based enterprises to deliver remote sensing services that support research, industry, and government needs.”     - Paul Adlakha, Managing Director, LOOKNorth