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Geomatics Technology Gets a $6.3-million Boost

TECTERRA Inc. committed over $6.3-million of funds in support of the geomatics technology sector in Canada during 2010-11 fiscal year. The sum represents commitments to fund commercialization projects, applied research, professional development, training, and the creation of new jobs across the country. 

“We’re proud of the support TECTERRA is providing toward the growth of geomatics in Alberta and across Canada during our first year of operation,” says Dr. Mohamed Abousalem, Chief Executive Officer for TECTERRA.  “It’s important to note that this is just the beginning of substantial value TECTERRA will bring to the commercialization of Canadian geomatics technology.”

TECTERRA’s projects and job creation activities funded in 2010-11 include:

  • Fourteen industry commercialization projects and new business ventures,which received $2,905,000 in support.
  • Thirty projects to create new jobs for highly qualified personnel (HQP) and provide specific training and development were funded, which received $371,050.
  • Eight applied research projects, whichreceived $260,000 in funding.
  • A $2,819,172 investment to equip the TECTERRA Geomatics Lab, which is available for commercialization projects and the training of highly qualified personnel.

TECTERRA supports geomatics applications for all areas of the economy focusing specifically on applications for integrated resource management. Its goal is to continue to develop new programs that support the geomatics industry and applied geomatics research in Alberta and across Canada.

TECTERRA’s Annual Reports are available This link will take you to another Web site online.

TECTERRA Launches Alberta Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

In January 2011, TECTERRA Inc. launched the This link will take you to another Web site Future Geomatics Leaders Awards program to provide scholarships to top students studying in geomatics and related science or technology fields in post-secondary institutionsin Alberta. The awards are based on academic merit and targeted at top students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater who meet other criteria set out by their institutions.

“Development of skilled human capital is part of TECTERRA’s mission of enabling successful commercialization of geomatics technology in Alberta. With Alberta’s resource-rich economy, the demand for Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in geomatics is increasing year after year,” says GordBanting, Chief Financial Officer for TECTERRA. 

Awards of $1,000 or $2,000 each are available annually to students entering their second/third year of study. Students at the following Alberta institutions are eligible to apply: Lethbridge Community College; Mount Royal University; Northern Alberta Institute of Technology; Olds College; Southern Alberta Institute of Technology; University of Alberta; University of Calgary; and University of Lethbridge. 

Each institution is responsible for selecting its award recipients. The number, size and timing of the annual award, as well as other pertinent terms and conditions, vary by institution.

“This program rewards and fosters demonstrated excellence,” says Banting. “TECTERRA is proud to support such a great program that builds key talent for our province.”

This link will take you to another Web site TECTERRA Inc. supports the commercialization of geomatics technology for integrated resource management. It invests in technology solutions for energy, forestry, agriculture, environment, and land management and development applications. TECTERRA works with industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and government partners to enable the use of geomatics technologies in addressing local, national and global challenges in resource management. TECTERRA Inc. is funded in part by the NCE Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program administered by the NCE Secretariat.

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