Funding Programs for Businesses in Atlantic Canada

There are a number of programs available from federal and provincial departments and agencies to help businesses in Atlantic Canada to develop technologies and analytics programs. This includes Big Data projects.

Here we provide a PDF document that you can download; click on the link below.

Funding Programs That Support Company Research Needs

There are brief details on the available programs and their requirements with links to the associated websites with further details. There are some truly excellent programs that businesses of all sizes across any industry can leverage. You don’t have to be a technology company and such programs can help companies in their growth strategies, digital transformation and expanding their global footprint with tools that can provide competitive advantage.

To learn more and get inspired, be sure to register for the 2017 5th annual Big Data Congress this Nov. 6-8 in Halifax, Nova Scotia!


Big Earth. Big Data. Big Opportunity

Big Earth. Big Data. Big Opportunity

One sector that doesn’t get a lot of attention when it comes to Big Data is agriculture. Yet the AgriTech sector and agroculture as a whole are finding innovative and powerful ways to leverage Big Data. From soil indications through to crop management and food quality. The entire chain from seed to table is looking to Big Data.

In 2017 at the 5th annual Big Data Congress, we’ll be exploring how industry, government and academia are looking to Big Data. The business cases are growing rapidly and as more organizations see opportunities, they are seizing them. The data for these projects is coming from innovative uses for sensors; from deep in the soil to floating in the sky in drones and satellites.

Take, for example, Surrey Satellites who are developing small satellites with HD cameras to monitor soil and growing conditions. There are others developing similar satellite tools and Big Data’s role is expected to be worth US$50-100 Billion over the next decade according to SpaceNews.

Drones are not just adding cameras, but sensors as well. And video imagery can be converted into valuable data. In Nova Scotia, there’s SkySquirrel who uses drones to monitor vineyards.

The uses of Big Data are uhm, growing fast! At the 2017 Big Data Congress we’re bringing business leaders together to explore, discuss and generate ideas on how to make the most of Big Data. Keep an eye on our website for updated information here.

The Oceans: Big Data’s New Frontier

The Oceans: Big Data’s New Frontier

Our oceans take up over 70% of the earth. The provide us with oxygen, clean the air and provide us with food. Billions of tons of cargo move across them every day and they may become a key part of our renewable energy future. Now, corporations and governments around the world are looking to Big Data analytics to help them better understand, protect and manage our ocean resources.

The Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia, already a globally recognized leader in Big Data, is at the forefront of finding innovative ways to apply Big Data analytics to our oceans. From sustainable fishing to logistics, maritime security and energy.

Nova Scotia recently announced significant investments (over CAD$140 Million) into the oceans sector from the COVE project (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship) to OFI (Ocean Frontier Institute) and OERA (Offshore Energy Research Association) and more.

The Bay of Fundy between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia sees billions of tons of water move four times a day with the world’s highest tides. Now, efforts are underway to harness this energy through turbines such as the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine.

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital city, is home to Canada’s largest Royal Canadian Navy base. Many companies engaged in maritime and port security locate here because of this. From Airbus to Boeing and Lockheed-Martin.

In 2017, a primary focus of the Big Data Congress will be on oceans. We will be looking at how industry and government can leverage Big Data to find new revenue opportunities, improve cost efficiencies, generate energy and manage our oceans. What better place to find out more about the emerging uses of Big Data and our oceans?

Big Oceans and Big Data

Big Oceans and Big Data

Big Data could play a vital role in our oceans. From sustainable fisheries to maritime security and renewable energy. Some great strides are being made on these fronts, including in Atlantic Canada. For centuries, the Atlantic ocean has fed nations and navies. Now, as ocean sciences advance and the opportunities with Big Data analytics come to the forefront, we will be able to see our oceans in whole new ways.

Yale professor Douglas McAuley takes a look at how satellites and processing Big Data can help us better understand the flows of water and temperature, not just for fisheries but for climate change and transportation of goods as well as management policy.

Dr. Stan Matwin of Nova Scotia’s world renowned Dalhousie University’s Big Data Institute will be talking about our Connected Ocean this October in Breast, France at ACO2016.

There are thousands upon thousands of sensors in the ocean and more being added. This article in Business Insider takes a look at why. We have so much to learn about our planet and our oceans will play a key role as a primary food source in the coming decades. From sustainable fisheries to aquaculture. Using Big Data analytics we can optimize transportation routes while ensuring whales and large sea creatures are minimally impacted.

In 2017, the 5th Annual Big Data Congress will be looking at how Big Data can be applied to our oceans. We’ll be posting regular, insightful content to spark the conversation. We hope you’ll join us.

Big Data Congress October 2016

Big Data Congress October 2016

The Big Data Congress is North America’s largest customer-focused data technology conference.

Website: Big Data Congress

Now in its fourth year, BDC2016 is happening Oct. 17-19, 2016 in Saint John, N.B. and is co-hosted by T4G Limited and Techimpact.

Join them to learn how local and world-leading innovators are putting technology to work solving business and societal challenges across a diverse range of sectors including food production, resource management, energy, health care, government services, manufacturing, urban spaces and social development.

The combined forces of big data, the Industrial Internet of Things and mobility are propelling the development of new products, new markets and new services.  BDC16 will demonstrate what is achievable when we take bigger and faster leaps into the next economy, together.

Big Data + Big Oceans = Big Opportunities

Big Data + Big Oceans = Big Opportunities
Our history and economy is inextricably connected to the ocean. Advances in technology, sensors and Big Data analytics tools present exciting new opportunities. How will you take advantage? Join us for the morning of June 8th for a practical look at Big Data opportunities regionally as they relate to the oceans.
Event Details
Location: Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Time: 8:30AM to 12 noon

Fees: This is part of the Oceans Week H20 Conference. You can pay $75 to attend the whole day (the morning Big Data forum) and afternoon sessions. If you’d like to partake in the evening dinner event the day plus dinner is $165.

Big Data Big Oceans Panel Session | 9AM to 10:15AM
A panel discussion featuring industry sector leaders who will explore what Big Data means in relation to our oceans. From economic and business to energy and maritime security. A Q&A period will be included for attendees.
  • Jim Hanlon, CEO of Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)
  • Stephen Dempsey, CEO of Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA)
  • Cdr. Larry Jones, Royal Canadian Navy, Commander, Maritime Security Centre
Break from 10:15 to 10:45
Big Data and Analytics At Work Session | 10:45 to 11:50AM
It’s one thing to explore and discuss how Big Data can be used in the oceans sector, it’s even better when you can hear some actual examples. In this session, you’ll hear about Atlantic Canadian companies leveraging Big Data and advanced analytics for their business and research.
Session Presenters:
Follow this link to register online via the H20 Conference managed by the Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS).
Presented in partnership between the Atlantic Big Data Congress and Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia.