• Ottawa launches Canada’s first on-street test of an Autonomous Vehicle

    Ottawa – Ottawa is the first Canadian city to launch testing of an on-street autonomous vehicle (AV) communicating with live City infrastructure. Until now, testing of AVs in Canada has been done in closed, segregated areas. By partnering with BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC), Ottawa now has the facilities and technology to further the advancement of driverless car testing on active public streets.

    Mayor Jim Watson celebrated this milestone with partners from BlackBerry QNX, Invest Ottawa, and the Kanata North Business Association as the car took its first spin around the Kanata North Technology Park. At the live demonstration, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and John Wall, Senior Vice President and GM of BlackBerry QNX, rode in BlackBerry’s autonomous drive concept car. During the ride, the car stopped at a traffic light at a pedestrian crossing, allowing people to cross the road.

    The test area, which loops around the Kanata North Technology Park, is equipped with the latest technology from BlackBerry QNX, along with Codha Wireless, Luxcom and NovAtel. The City’s Traffic Services have optimized the infrastructure within the test route area for communication with autonomous vehicles via Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) transmitters at the traffic lights, re-painted street lines in the test area, and accelerated installation of controllable LED street lights.

    The City and BlackBerry QNX are working collaboratively with organizations such as Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association, as well as researchers and academics at Algonquin College, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa to further establish Ottawa as Canada’s AV capital. Together, these industry leaders will bring the emerging connected car and AV technologies, products, services and applications developed in Ottawa to the global market.

    This milestone in AV testing brings Ottawa a step closer to its vision of being a Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Vehicles, a highly competitive designation that will allow further advancement of driverless car testing. The City and Ottawa’s technology community are committed to working together to ensure that the testbed is continually being updated with leading-edge technology. In the next phase, Nokia will be joining the testbed to add LTE and 5G capability to the route, based on their experience deploying connected car solutions in Germany and elsewhere.

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    “Ottawa has established itself as an innovative and smart city, is home to a diverse technology hub, and has the expertise, new technology and talent needed to spark autonomous vehicle innovation. With support from BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center and by working closely with all our partners, we are facilitating smart initiatives and research, and fueling innovation and job creation in Ottawa.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

     

    “Thanks to the City of Ottawa, our AVIC was able to help establish a functional, real-life test route for our autonomous vehicle concept car, which will benefit our growing ecosystem of customers, partners and developers. Anybody who has driven in Ottawa in February knows that no matter who is behind the wheel, driving isn’t easy when it comes to ice, sleet and snow. We believe these conditions coupled with the City’s commitment to supporting research and development from BlackBerry and its partners, makes Ottawa a fantastic place to advance autonomous vehicle technology.”
    John Wall, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Blackberry QNX

     

    “Ottawa is a global leader in autonomous vehicles and related technologies, leveraging decades of innovation and industry leadership in information and communications technologies (ICT), next-generation networks, wireless, and related hardware and software. Our region has the expertise and capabilities required to develop, commercialize, and adopt new vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) solutions. These technologies can be integrated into global supply chains and sold around the world.  This new testbed adds critical capability to our ecosystem, enabling innovators to test and commercialize these AV technologies.”
    Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

     

    “We are very proud that today, Canada’s largest technology park launches Canada’s first on-road autonomous vehicle test route connected to live City infrastructure. With over 40 Autonomous Vehicle technology companies located in the Kanata North Technology Park along the test route itself, and Canada’s largest cluster of advance networking, software, cybersecurity, and IoT expertise for Autonomous Vehicles – the contributions these companies will make to the global advancement of Autonomous Vehicle technology is invaluable.”
    Jenna Sudds, President and Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association

     

    Quick Facts

    • There are over 70 companies in Ottawa’s autonomous vehicle ecosystem, led by BlackBerry QNX, that are directly contributing their expertise, technology and intelligence to connected cars and autonomous vehicles.
    • The test route is made possible by many partners working together:
      • BlackBerry QNX, a leading developer of mission-critical software that forms the foundation for connected and autonomous vehicles, will use the test route to further advance its software and technology development in this field. BlackBerry QNX’s operating system also powers the traffic management system used by the City’s Traffic Services.
      • NovAtel’s GNSS GPS base station, installed on BlackBerry QNX’s building, and Codha’s DSRC technology, installed in the City traffic lights, can communicate directly with authorized AVs, and enable them to take appropriate action.
      • In-kind contributions and donations of AV technology and systems from other leading industry partners including NovAtel and Codha Wireless.
      • Critical funding and support from the City of Ottawa, Invest Ottawa, the lead economic development agency for the National Capital Region, and the Kanata North Business Association, which is home to Canada’s largest technology park.
    • Ottawa is home to BlackBerry QNX’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center.
    • The BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC) was created to advance technology innovation for connected and autonomous vehicles, independently as well as in collaboration with private and public sector organizations and research institutes.
    • Building on the company’s 20 years of experience and leadership in the automotive industry, the centre will germinate new ideas and transform innovative concepts into reality through advanced engineering projects and demonstration vehicles tested on real roads.
    • Carleton Research has recently secured funding from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).  As part of the program, which is led by Defense Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science and in partnership with Public Safety Canada, Carleton Research will be given $974,000 over three years for research on securing new connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
    • To help aid the University’s research, BlackBerry QNX has signed a charter with Carleton University to provide technical expertise in the area of automotive software development.

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  • Statement by Mayor Watson, co-chair of Invest Ottawa, regarding the Amazon HQ2 announcement

    ‘’Following Amazon’s announcement yesterday that it was looking to establish an important campus in a North American city, I have asked Invest Ottawa and the City’s Economic Development branch to explore this great opportunity for our community. As an innovation and research-intensive city, counting a bilingual and culturally diverse high-tech and telecommunications workforce of more than 77,000 leading professionals, Ottawa is well-positioned to host this Amazon campus, and we will work hard over the next few months to put our best foot forward in this process.

    Working with our economic development partners, we will showcase all that our city has to offer. We are holding discussions with the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, Ville de Gatineau, our postsecondary institutions, Hydro Ottawa and other key utilities, as well as industry and community leaders, to seek their input and collaboration in bringing this bid forward. Representatives from these groups will be asked to join the Task Force on Amazon HQ2, which will meet shortly to determine our critical path between now and the bidding deadline of October 19.

    My hope is that we will be placing a strong and convincing bid to host Amazon HQ2 in our nation’s capital, which would greatly benefit our community, attracting tens of thousands of jobs and helping diversify our economy.’’

    – Mayor Jim Watson, co-chair, Invest Ottawa

  • Ottawa’s first trade mission to India generates business opportunities for local companies

    The Ottawa trade mission to India, with Mayor Jim Watson and a delegation of 35 business and industry leaders, generated investments and opportunities in technology, education, film production and tourism. The resulting list of Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), strategic partnerships and mutually beneficial agreements between Ottawa companies and their Indian counterparts has an estimated total value of over $80 million.

    The 35 delegates from Ottawa represented technology companies, academic institutions, business and tourism associations, as well as Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency. During stops in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, participants announced a series of agreements for investments and business cooperation in Ottawa, or to expand operations in India. The delegation focused on building trade linkages and attracting investments, which is a significant component of “Partnerships for Innovation”, the City’s economic development strategy.

    “This has been a successful trade mission, generating a dozen investment announcements and partnerships that are helping to build Ottawa’s global reputation and relationships between Ottawa and Indian companies and organizations,” said Mayor Watson. “The announcements included major deals that represent important access to markets and financial resources in India. They are significant for the businesses and organizations involved, and in many cases, they are the first critical steps in forging lasting and prosperous relationships.”

    Participants met with business leaders, decision-makers and government officials and explored a range of business development opportunities with their Indian counterparts in the technology sector and other industries. The delegation also included Ottawa companies with a focus on film production, online education solutions, as well as water and wastewater management, real estate development and legal services.

    Ottawa technology companies that design and manufacture cellular, satellite and fixed wireless systems were well represented on the five-day mission that took place from April 17 to 22, as well as companies with expertise in hardware, software and optics.

    There are more than 1,700 knowledge-based companies in Ottawa with approximately 68,000 employees. This talent pool, with expertise in hardware, software, semiconductor and optics, can motivate partnerships and leverage investment with the ever growing technology sector in India.

    Representatives from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, the Kanata North Business Association and TWU Global Education Academy were also on the trade mission, successfully promoting Ottawa as a leading knowledge and innovation centre in Canada.

    The delegation worked to attract investment and build opportunities in training and research for postsecondary institutions. Mayor Watson also met with representatives from several municipal and state governments.

    Following a successful meeting with the three mayors of New Delhi on Monday, Mayor Watson signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the three municipal leaders of Indian’s national capital region to explore collaboration between the City of Ottawa and Delhi’s North, South and East Municipal Corporations in the areas of trade, education, municipal administration and tourism, particularly ahead of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.

    Mayor Watson also met with his counterpart in Bangalore, as well as the Minister for Bangalore Development, and the Principal Secretary for IT, Science & Technology, both from the Government of Karnataka. They discussed challenges in municipal administration, the importance of public transit, and opportunities for collaboration in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    During the mission, delegates had an opportunity to participate in major events and receptions in which all delegates were able to network with Indian government officials, decision-makers, and industry and academic leaders. B2B meetings in each destination city were coordinated in partnership with the Canadian High Commission to India’s trade commissioners, the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber and the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    Mayor Watson and the delegation visited one of the largest Bollywood film production studios in India, Yash Raj Films, where Mayor Watson promoted Ottawa as a prime Bollywood filming location, due to its low cost and beautiful landscapes.

    Highlights of the Ottawa Trade Mission:

    • Ottawa’s Kivuto Solutions E-learning company will collaborate with Golgotias University in India to expand digital textbook resources in India.
    • Kivuto also formed a reseller partnership with Edukinect India, a Microsoft Learning Partner in technical education.
    • National Jewels in India will establish their Canadian Brand in Ottawa with inCa Synergies with an estimated investment that may exceed $250,000.
    • qEW Films Inc, with diverse coverage of markets in Canada, India and UAE, signed a MOU with Anmol Pictures for a co-production aiming for a 2017 shoot in Ottawa.
    • Clearford Water Systems Inc., a provider of unified water management and sanitation systems, commissioned its first Clearford One™ installation in India, valued at approximately $150,000.
    • EION Inc., a wireless technology company in Ottawa, and Adino Telecom Limited in India formed a strategic partnership worth an estimated $50 million during the period of the partnership.
    • SKILLSdox Inc., an online education company with a team of 22 in Ottawa, showcased their media partnership with School of Skill and the Times of India, valued at $30 million.
    • Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency, announced a MOU with NASSCOM 10,000 Startups (National Association of Software and Services Companies) in India.
    • The City of Ottawa announced an MOU with Amity University to strengthen its presence in Ottawa and facilitate exploration of Amity University locating a campus here in collaboration with a local partner. During the tour of the Amity campus in New Delhi, Mayor Watson was awarded the Amity Distinguished Leadership Award for his dedication to public service and his efforts to strengthen the Canada-India relationship.
    • Invest Ottawa solidified its relationship with Reliance GENNEXT as the parties agreed to jointly evaluate and explore opportunities in relation to marketing, promotion and facilitation of growth of their accelerator programs.
  • Ottawa trade mission to India announces agreements in Bangalore

    Ottawa’s trade mission to India was in Bangalore today, the hub of India’s IT industry, where the delegation focused on helping Ottawa companies in the technology sector expand into India. The trade mission also provided opportunities for Indian startups to consider Ottawa as a prime location to make the jump into the North American market.

    Many of the world’s leading companies, such as Intel, Microsoft, Bosch and Cisco, have made Bangalore their home in India, and the city’s well-developed private sector industries are similar to those that are dominant in Ottawa.

    Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency, announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NASSCOM 10,000 Startups (National Association of Software and Services Companies) in India, indicating a desire to jointly evaluate and explore opportunities in relation to marketing, promotion and facilitation of growth of the accelerator programs.

    “Partnering with Nasscom’s 10,000 Startups program gives our ecosystem access to India’s top ICT talent and innovation,” said Bruce Lazenby, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa. “This partnership will bring the best and brightest from Ottawa and Bangalore together to fuel growth and provide Ottawa companies a unique opportunity to showcase their talents in one of the world’s hotspots for innovation.”

    Ottawa’s Kivuto Solutions E-learning company formed a reseller partnership with Edukinect India, a Microsoft Learning Partner in technical education, to increase access to education technology for higher education organizations in India. Schools in India will be able to use Texidium by Kivuto, Canada’s most comprehensive digital textbook eReader platform, through Edukinect to simplify the management of digital course materials.

    “Ottawa is a leading technology and innovation centre in Canada, just as Bangalore is an IT and innovation centre in India, so this is a prime destination for building technology partnerships,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The agreements reached are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential and future partnerships in the IT sector.”

    Mayor Watson also met with his counterpart in Bangalore, as well as the Minister for Bangalore Development, and the Principal Secretary for IT, Science & Technology, both from the Government of Karnataka. They discussed challenges in municipal administration, the importance of public transit, and opportunities for collaboration in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Kivuto Solutions – Ottawa:
    “We’re excited to be working with Edukinect at this pivotal moment in time as India embraces the move to digital,” says Richard White, President of Kivuto. “Edukinect has deep relationships, a great reputation and tremendous knowledge of education in India. They will be a fantastic long-term partner for us in India“.

    Edukinect – India:
    “Good tools and good training enhance good teaching,” says Phani Krishna, CEO of Edukinect. “Kivuto shares our commitment to hands-on support. We look forward to helping more schools go digital at every step of the way.”

  • Ottawa trade mission in India announces new partnerships

    Mayor Jim Watson and trade mission delegates announced a series of partnerships during two days of site visits and meetings in New Delhi and Mumbai, as part of the Ottawa trade mission to India.

    Mayor Watson and some delegation members met with the three mayors of Delhi yesterday and discussed opportunities for cooperation, especially in the areas of Smart Cities, technology, education and tourism.

    In Mumbai, the financial epicentre of India and heart of the Bollywood film production industry, qEW Films Inc, a creative productions house for all commercial and communication mediums, with multi-disciplinary expertise and diverse coverage of markets in Canada, India and UAE, signed a MOU with Anmol Pictures to bring together the creative forces of both companies on a co-production aiming for a 2017 shoot in Ottawa. The partnership highlights ways to market Ottawa as a film and television production destination, while providing professional development opportunities for Ottawa crews, and experience with international artists and technicians.

    Mayor Watson and the delegation also visited one of the largest Bollywood film production studios in India, Yash Raj Films, where Mayor Watson promoted Ottawa as a prime Bollywood filming location, due to its low cost and beautiful landscapes.

    “The Ottawa trade mission to India is opening doors and providing important access to key business leaders and decision-makers that is generating investments, partnerships, and a great deal of interest in business development opportunities in Ottawa,” said Mayor Watson. “I am impressed with the business acumen and level of interaction with our Indian counterparts, and with the diligent work of our City representatives and delegation members, who have truly seized this opportunity.”

    EION Inc., a wireless technology company in Ottawa, and Adino Telecom Limited in India announced they were forming a strategic partnership to provide e-governance wireless solutions for smart cities, rural and remote communities in India. EION and Adino will bring world-class wireless technology and best practices to India with the expectation that over 500 jobs will be initiated, worth over $50 million during the period of the mutually beneficial partnership.

    SKILLSdox Inc., an online education company with a team of 22 in Ottawa, showcased their existing business partnership with School of Skill and the Times of India. The signed media investment, which is valued at $30 million, will promote School of Skill to hundreds of millions of people across India through newsprint, radio, digital media and Television.

    Clearford Water Systems Inc., an Ottawa-based provider of unified water management and sanitation systems, announced that it will be commissioning its first Clearford One™ installation a village in the state of Gujarat, India. This demonstration system, valued at approximately $150,000, is an attempt to capture a portion of a significant business opportunity to provide sanitation and water management solutions to rural India.

    Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency, solidified its relationship with Reliance GENNEXT, part of Reliance Industries Limited, a multi-billion dollar Indian conglomerate, as the parties agreed to jointly evaluate and explore opportunities in relation to marketing, promotion and facilitation of growth of their accelerator programs. The partnership is designed to help local companies expand into India and offer Indian startups a springboard into the North American market.

    Members of the delegation have continued on to Bangalore, the hub of India’s IT industry, where its well-developed private sector industries are similar to those that are dominant in Ottawa. Many of the world’s leading companies, such as Intel, Microsoft, Bosch and Cisco, have made Bangalore their home in India.

     qEW Films Inc. – Canada:
    “Saniya Ansari, Producer of qEw Films Inc. is thrilled to announce her partnership with Nina Bains and Michael Baker of Anmol Pictures, on the co-production of The Betel Nut Warriors, to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Shashanka Ghosh. This project, aiming for a 2017 shoot in Ottawa, brings together the creative forces from both Bollywood and Canada’s Film industries.” (Saniya Ansari, Writer/Producer)

    Anmol Pictures – India:
    “We are excited to develop an international film co-production between India-Canada for 2017. This project will help diversify the cultural landscape of film production in Ottawa,” said Navjot (Nina) Bains, Producer, Anmol Pictures.

     EION Inc. – Ottawa
    “EION is excited about the strategic partnership with Adino to strengthen the relationship towards bringing world class wireless solutions for secure networks and e-governance,” said Kalai Kalaichelvan, President & CEO, EION Inc. “Adino’s existing networks and operations at ground level provides a natural synergy for EION to add value on-the-top and introduce innovative and useful wireless solutions to smart cities, remote and rural communities.”

    Adino Telecom Limited – India:
    “Adino and EION are strengthening their existing relationship since 2004, with strategic partnership that brings the companies to the forefront of providing world class technology infrastructure in the fields of wireless, ITES and secure smart cities. Working with Adino enables one to stay connected and stay ahead.”

    SKILLSdox Inc. – India:
    “Education is going to become a very important part of Canada’s export initiatives now that SKILLSdox has established the largest marketing reach for any online educator,” stated Brad Loiselle, President & CEO of SKILLSdox Inc.

    School of Skill – India:
    “Everyone has the right to quality education and we are opening a world of access to top educators led by Canadian innovation.”

    Clearford Water Systems Inc. – Ottawa:
    “Commissioning of our first system in India is a major milestone for our company,” said Clearford CEO Kevin Loiselle “We believe that an operational site demonstrating the advantages of our technology will be a catalyst to the widespread adoption of the Clearford One system in India.”

  • Ottawa’s first trade mission to India poised to make history

    Mayor Jim Watson is set to lead a trade mission to India to attract investment for Ottawa businesses and build opportunities in training, research and tourism. The 35 delegates represent technology companies, academic institutions, business and tourism associations, and Invest Ottawa, the city’s economic development agency.

    The delegation is working to attract investment and build opportunities in training and research for post-secondary institutions. Mayor Watson will meet with government representatives and, along with Ottawa Tourism President & CEO Michael Crockatt, will encourage tourism to Ottawa ahead of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017. Mayor Watson expects a number of partnerships and agreements to be signed during the mission.

    Ottawa technology companies that design and manufacture cellular, satellite and fixed wireless systems are represented on the five-day mission that takes place from April 17 to 22, as well as companies with expertise in hardware, software and optics.

    Participants will explore business development opportunities with Indian counterparts in the technology sector and other industries. The delegation also includes Ottawa companies with a focus on film production, online education and E-learning solutions, as well as water management, real estate development and legal services. Mayor Watson will also be meeting with some of his counterparts and officials from other levels of government.

    “India is a market that requires a fair degree of relationship building to forge trust and demonstrate serious intent,” said Mayor Watson. “I am pleased with the technologies, services and expertise of participating companies and I am confident this trade mission will help local companies to open doors and establish credibility much faster than venturing into this vast market on their own.”

    More than 1,700 knowledge-based companies in Ottawa deliver cutting-edge technologies and services to the world. They employ over 68,000 people in our community, 35,000 of which operate in the telecom sector alone.

    The talent pool in Ottawa, with expertise in hardware, software and optics can motivate partnerships and leverage investment with the rapidly growing technology sector in India.

    Representatives from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College, the Kanata North Business Association, and TWU Global Education Academy are also on the trade mission to promote Ottawa as a leading knowledge and innovation centre in Canada.

    During the mission, delegates will have the opportunity to participate in major events and receptions in which all delegates will be able to network with Indian decision-makers, government officials, and industry and academic leaders. B2B meetings in each destination city have been organized in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission to India’s trade commissioners.