Greater Victoria’s blue economy just got a big boost from the federal government.
The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Industry, and of Natural Resources, announced an investment on December 2, 2021 of $2.8 million in Victoria-based Open Ocean Robotics through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
“This is the second SDTC investment in Open Ocean Robotics (OOR) and part of a continuing collaboration that is helping the company advance its cleantech solution for gathering ocean data and protecting the marine environment,” according to their media release.
CEO Julie Angus has long been known as a pioneer in sustainable, innovative ocean-applied technology. Last year she sat down with Douglas guest editor Samarth Mod to talk about their solar powered autonomous boat, and how it’s propelled their business to incredible growth and success.
“The tide is shifting and people are starting to pay more attention to the oceans,” she said at the time. “I hope that trend continues, and I think our company will be one of the key players in making that transition to a digital ocean.”
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