TECTERRA helps Canadian geospatial technology companies achieve commercial success faster than they could on their own
NORTH51 Connect is TECTERRA’s annual networking event, held in the heart of downtown Calgary every June, and serves as the platform where the TECTERRA Awards winners are announced.
February 14, 2017 (Calgary, Alberta) – announced the appointment of Mr. Jonathan Neufeld as the Chief Executive Officer. Neufeld has been with TECTERRA since 2011 and served as interim CEO since May 2016.
“We are delighted that Jonathan has accepted the Chief Executive Officer role. Under his strategic leadership, TECTERRA will continue to extend is offerings to accelerate the commercialization of geospatial technology in a broad range of industries.” said Heather Herring, Chair of TECTERRA’s Board of Directors.
Most recently Neufeld held the role of Director of Commercialization Programs where he provided direction and leadership in the definition, execution and management of TECTERRA’s investment and support programs. Prior to this Neufeld held technical and leadership roles within geomatics firms, including domestic and international operations. Neufeld has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering both from the University of Calgary.
“TECTERRA is a unique organization with a mission to support entrepreneurs and technology focused companies improve their odds of success” said Neufeld, “I am humbled and excited for the opportunity to lead TECTERRA as we enter a new phase of support for technology driven companies who are solving complex problems across traditional and emerging market sectors.”
As the hub for geospatial technology innovation across Canada, TECTERRA offers start-ups, small, and medium size technology companies a suite of investment and support programs to help accelerate the development and commercialization of new technology.
TECTERRA is a geospatial technology innovation support centre that supports the Canadian development and commercialization of geomatics technologies. The first centre of its kind, TECTERRA works with industry, entrepreneurs, researchers, and government affiliates to enable the use of geospatial technologies in addressing local, national and global challenges. Since its inception in 2010, TECTERRA has supported 219 companies, including 91 start-ups; and has placed over 330 highly qualified professionals into jobs across Canada. Overall, the organization has generated $202 million in actual economic impact to date.
Contact: Sarah Clark Manager, Marketing and Communications TECTERRA
Mount Royal University Unveils New-Age Geospatial Software
Calgary-based experts are charting a bold new course in geographic education by introducing geospatial software designed for the next generations of tech-savvy learners.
During an event at Mount Royal University on Thursday, TECTERRA was honoured to partake in the unveiling of a new-age mapping tool known as WorldView Studio™. This software package, developed with support from TECTERRA, creates 3D maps combining multiple data streams (such as traffic flows, wildlife migration patterns and watersheds) on one digital platform to see how they interact with each other.
The WorldView software is fuelled by geospatial data provided by Canadian Geographic, and was adapted for classroom-based settings based on extensive research from Mount Royal Associate Professor Dr. Lynn Moorman.
“This is an easy-to-use tool that empowers students to better understand the world around them,” said Dr. Moorman, who teaches Earth Science at Mount Royal. “We know that geographic education is at a crossroads right now and it’s vital for educators to find new approaches to teaching geography in Canadian classrooms.”
TECTERRA contributed to this project through its Alberta Applied Research Funding Program.
“We believe that this project offers a great deal of societal value by building interest and curiosity about science and technology in school-aged children,” said Dr. Mohamed Abousalem, Chief Executive Officer at TECTERRA. “These children will be the future contributors to the Canadian economy, and science and technology represent a key factor in the future growth of our economy.”
WorldView Studio™ is a classroom version of The PIXYS Innovation’s WorldView™ digital Earth software.
“Canadians have always been leaders in the field of geographic information sciences and mapping,” said PYXIS Chief Executive Officer, Perry Peterson. “We are defined by our geography. So it’s not surprising that a breakthrough in technology — we call Digital Earth — will allow children of a very young age to search and explore their world,”
Dr. Moorman’s efforts to make geography accessible to our video game savvy kids is important, said Gilles Gagnier, Chief Operating Officer and Publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises. “We look forward to the day when we can deliver Professor Moorman’s GeoLiteracy Project to our 14,000 teacher members across Canada. Our students will only benefit from her trailblazing efforts.” View children interacting with WorldView™
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