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Remote Sensing innovation and commercialization for responsible, sustainable development of natural resources.

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About LOOKNorth

LOOKNorth is a C-CORE national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, established under the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program and supported by an extensive network of industry and academic partners.

We advance the commercialization of Canadian remote sensing innovations onto the world stage, advance Northern capacity to implement remote sensing technologies for Northerner’s needs and ensure sustainability by generating revenues with our partners.

The Centre’s strategic foci are:

  • fostering innovation in remote sensing technologies and applications
  • working with Canada’s leading satellite SMEs to define and successfully execute missions relevant to industry and communities
  • supporting Canada’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector in advancing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations
  • working with stakeholders in Canada’s Northern Communities to help build capacity in remote sensing technologies/services
  • delivering innovative Canadian remote sensing services through a common portal, looknorthservices.com


During LOOKNorth’s Phase One (2011-2015) the Centre worked with end users in the oil & gas, mining, hydro-power and transportation sectors to identify their monitoring needs. Through a nation-wide call for proposal process, the Centre identified Canadian remote sensing technologies that could provide solutions, created a partner network of SMEs and academic researchers, and initiated demonstration projects to promote their solutions.