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Posted in News, Press Releases
Jun 11, 2021

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Invest Ottawa and Regional Partners Help Main Street Business in Canada’s Capital and Southeastern Ontario Combat COVID-19

Ottawa, June 11, 2021 – As Ontario moves into the first phase of its reopening plan, many small businesses in Canada’s Capital are building back better with a program the helped them get online and get selling to help them survive multiple shutdowns over the past year.

Thanks to a $42.5 million investment through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) in the Digital Main Street (DMS) platform, small- and medium-sized enterprises across the province received critical support to build an online business and generate new revenue as quickly as possible during the pandemic.

Since July 2020, Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, together with Launch Lab, have been privileged to deliver the DMS Future Proof Program in Ottawa and Southeastern Ontario, and:

  • Support more than 1,700 businesses spanning hospitality, retail, trades, and services; and
  • Hire more than 300 students and new graduates to help deliver the DMS Future Proof Program in this region.

Invest Ottawa extends sincere thanks to all DMS Future Proof champions, ambassadors and regional partners that helped small business owners from every walk of life put this program to work in the face of COVID-19.  This includes the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas (OCOBIA) and associated BIAs.

As DMS Future Proof wraps up as scheduled on June 30, 2021, Invest Ottawa is launching a new campaign on June 14th to get people back to their favourite local businesses as they reopen their doors.  Invest Ottawa will continue to support main street businesses as they always have through their Small Business Programs and Services, including mentorship, advisory and consulting services, peer groups, education and events.

 

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“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, a source of local jobs – and local pride. With Government of Canada support, thousands of entrepreneurs across Ontario have adopted and expanded their digital presence and more than 1,400 students have been provided jobs since the launch of this program in June 2020. We are so proud to see the incredible impact our DMS partner organizations are having on small businesses in the region, setting them up for success in the future digital economy.”

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

 

“We are honoured to collaborate with FedDev Ontario and partners across our region to help future-proof our main street business and economy. The DMS Future Proof Program has helped more than 1,700 local firms digitally transform their business, maintain jobs and revenue in any economic storm. It has equipped business owners from every walk of life with new digital business models and strategies to drive growth. This will help propel our economic recovery.”

-Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

 

“I own several businesses in the Ottawa Area, including two Global Pet Food stores and a Freshii. My businesses are in two of the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic. Thanks to the DMS Future Proof Program, we had the opportunity to leverage digital marketing professionals, technologies, and support to drive online sales. We closed our year in our pet food stores with a 20 percent year-over-year increase over previous years. After being open for a decade, that is unheard of. I attribute this greatly to the support of the DMS Future Proof Program.”

-Karla Briones, Serial Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and 2018 Immigrant Award Winner, City of Ottawa

 

“I was not expecting such an in-depth review. All aspects that were covered have been a very welcome change and will definitely help me to meet the new digital side of today’s business requirements. I cannot thank you enough for ALL the help and tutelage that was given.”

– Paul Castonguay, Paul’s Bistro (Kemptville)

 

“The team was great to work with – they not only provided me with useful content, but also with the knowledge and skill development I needed to improve my digital business marketing efforts going forward, which is especially beneficial these days when it’s more important than ever to stand out online. I’m grateful for their efforts and so glad I signed up for the Future Proof program!”

– Dana Deathe, The Book Lady (Fenelon Falls)

 

“The DMS Future Proof team was better than I could have expected. I didn’t even realize all of the work that goes into digital marketing. Having someone focusing on such specific areas of the business was hugely educational and has left me with the resources I need to succeed.”

-Owais Khan, Founder, Ottawa Samosa

 

“Being a small business, it was very difficult to cope with the pandemic and know what strategy to take. The DMS Future Proof came at just the right time. It provided us with expert advice, support and education that is paramount to business success. Izere Coffee is now in a position to expand its activities and products and grow our business online.”

-Deborah Ntawigirira, Founder and CEO, Izere Coffee (Ottawa)

 

“Having a team of experts support me, answering every question I had, really supplemented my existing knowledge. The team created a strategy specifically for my unique business model that worked with my approach and experience.”

-Jessica Oliver, Owner, MUST Boutique (Ottawa)

 

“The information I got from this program holds SO much value. From graphic design to the mood board and customer personas created. These were things I knew I needed, but never got around to. I’m forever grateful for all of your help!”

– Holly Patenaude, Dental Hygiene on Location (Prescott)

 

“Our team is grateful for having access to the Digital Squad. They helped us revamp our website, which has allowed us to capture more useful metrics while improving our guest experience. They taught us the intricacies of SEO and the importance of having a consistent tone across our website.”

– Storm Patterson, Kingston Axe Throwing

 

“It was an honour to have worked with the transformation team. Anyone can get online traffic, but the resources I gained from the Future Proof Program will help us retain that attention.”

-Jon Ruby, Co-Founder, Carlington Booch (Ottawa)

 

About the DMS Future Proof Program

Building on Toronto’s foundational investments into Digital Main Street, including ShopHERE, the DMS Future Proof Program equipped Ontario businesses with new digital capabilities, expertise, and support. It helped main street companies navigate the COVID-19 crisis by enabling them to leverage digital marketing teams and technologies, develop e-commerce and online strategies, and establish new business models to access broader domestic and global markets, customers, and revenue.

Employing digital marketing students and experts, this program helped facilitate the digital transformation and ongoing operation of main street companies in hospitality, retail, trades, and services.  In Ottawa and SouthEastern Ontario, the program served small business owners from every walk of life in Canada’s Capital, the St. Lawrence Seaway (including Brockville, Cornwall, and surrounding areas), Kingston Region (including Belleville and Napanee) and Peterborough County. For additional information, please visit: https://www.investottawa.ca/digital-main-street/

 

About Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally recognized, innovative, inclusive, and future-ready city, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development, global expansion and talent programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include small business training, mentorship, acceleration for technology firms, foreign business and investment attraction, local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Invest Ottawa is also the founder and manager of the Area X.O, the futureplex of innovation and collaboration. Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and companies; helped firms attract more than $666 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 9,714 jobs; and attracted $862 million in domestic and foreign investment. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca

 

About Launch Lab

Launch Lab is a Regional Innovation Centre, a provincially funded network of resources for entrepreneurs. As a RIC, Launch Lab’s regional boundaries consist of most of southeastern Ontario (Trenton, down to Picton, over to Cornwall, and back up and around through Smiths Falls and Bancroft). Launch Lab’s head office is in Kingston and has a team of Entrepreneurs In Residence (EIRs) that operate throughout the region. Launch Lab’s purpose is to foster entrepreneurship and the commercialization of innovations to help build globally competitive companies in Eastern Ontario.  For additional information, please visit: https://www.launchlab.ca/

 

About FedDev Ontario

For nearly 12 years, FedDev Ontario has actively worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in Southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving their productivity, growing their revenues, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region.

 

 

Media Contact

Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications

Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

613.851.9416

[email protected]

Posted in News, Press Releases
Jun 9, 2021

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20 Women Angel Investors Propel the Growth of Women Founders through SheBoot as Mistral Venture Partners Comes on Board

Ottawa, June 10, 2021 – The Capital Angel Network (CAN), a group of angel investors in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region, and Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, are delighted to announce that $300,000 in investment is now on the table for the next cohort of SheBoot. The investment-ready bootcamp for women founders, supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), has attracted 10 new women angels during the pandemic, doubling the number of angel investors and the total angel investment for 2021. The 10 women tech founders selected for the next cohort of SheBoot will:

  • Vie for a total of $200,000 in angel investment at the final SheBoot pitch competition to be hosted at AccelerateOTT, Invest Ottawa’s entrepreneurship conference; this represents a 100 percent increase in angel investment over the inaugural year of SheBoot; and
  • Each receive $10,000 in non-dilutive funding (or management of an equivalent value of eligible business expenditures) from FedDev Ontario through the Scaleup Platform delivered by Invest Ottawa in the Capital Region (for a total of $100,000 across the cohort).

This increased investment directly supports the goals of SheBoot, a program designed by women entrepreneurs and investors for women founders. Created by Invest Ottawa and CAN, the program aims to address long-standing systemic challenges in the investment landscape by increasing funding for women founders and the number of women making investments. It is a critical objective as women entrepreneurs received only 2.3 percent of global venture capital in 2020, a number that is continuing to decline. This trend reinforces the need for programs such as SheBoot that equip women founders with fundamental business skills, focusing on investment and market readiness.

As SheBoot continues to evolve and attract new investors, it is critical to manage this increasing investment systematically and seamlessly for founders and angels. CAN and Invest Ottawa are delighted to announce that Mistral Venture Partners, a seed-stage venture firm based in Canada’s Capital, will help SheBoot achieve this goal. The VC is establishing a special purpose investment vehicle to house and manage the $200,000 in angel investment for SheBoot. This will simplify the investment process for both founders and investors and make it possible to continue growing SheBoot angel investment in the future.

SheBoot is a critical program within Invest Ottawa’s Venture Acceleration program suite. It will also facilitate peer networking amongst women founders and introductions to investors and investor networks at the right time.

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“We have always known that we need more women investors working together to build the next generation of investment-ready women-led and owned tech firms,” said Jennifer Francis, Chair of the Capital Angel Network (CAN), Director of the Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards Board of Directors, and Co-Founder of SheBoot. “I am so proud to see that we have been able to move the needle in the right direction – and in such a short timeframe. Today, women angels represent over 20 percent of Capital Angel Network membership. This has catalyzed great results with $1.5 million, 35 percent of our total investment, allocated to women-founded businesses in the first half of 2021.

“The pandemic and resulting she-cession have compounded the barriers that women entrepreneurs face in starting and growing their businesses. Improving gender diversity is vital to the success of our economy and businesses. We are proud to support initiatives like the SheBoot bootcamp that are supporting women entrepreneurs to thrive.” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. “Supporting the full and equal participation of women in our economy is a priority for the Government of Canada, and we will continue our work to build back better from the pandemic with a stronger, more inclusive economy.”

“Investment in women-founded and led startups has decreased globally throughout the pandemic,” said Julia Elvidge, Investor, Advisor, CAN Director and Co-Founder of SheBoot. “It’s incredible to see 20 women investors come together to create this opportunity for women founders. We have established critical, ambitious goals. It will take a critical mass of investors, partners, and allies to help us achieve them. I want to thank all angels, coaches, mentors, and program leaders for making SheBoot possible and fueling the growth of women founders. It is truly powerful collaboration.”

“I am incredibly excited to join SheBoot as a new angel investor,” said Michelle Liu, a Certified Professional Accountant. “I moved from China to Ottawa two years ago and learned about SheBoot from a fellow angel investor. I am very passionate about investing and the opportunity to help more women founders succeed. I made my first investment in a woman-owned firm in China in 2009 – a company that went IPO a few years later. I have seen the difference women investors can make in the growth trajectory of a firm. I am truly inspired by SheBoot and look forward to helping achieve our shared goals.”

“SheBoot addresses two key challenges that inhibit the growth and success of women founders – access to capital and the need for more women investors,” said Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, and Co-Founder of SheBoot. “This model can be replicated in any community with committed champions and collaborators, creating immense opportunity to propel global, sustained change. To continually scale and achieve even greater impact through SheBoot, we knew it was critical to streamline the investment process. We are delighted to welcome Mistral Venture Partners as a strategic partner that will help us achieve this goal and further narrow the funding gap facing women entrepreneurs.”

“We recognize that women-led companies frequently outperform the industry average, and we would love to invest in more. When we look at our deal-flow, however, the companies are predominantly led by men,” said Pablo Srugo, Principal at Mistral Venture Partners. “We see SheBoot as a program that has the potential to radically change that and create much more visibility to women founders. We’re delighted to have found a way to support SheBoot and help it scale.”

About SheBoot
SheBoot is a six-week bootcamp based in Ottawa, Ontario that prepares women founders to pitch their business and secure investment. Launched in March 2020 during International Women’s Week by founding organizations Capital Angel Network and Invest Ottawa, this program aims to help address the funding gap facing women entrepreneurs by increasing the number of women making and receiving investment. Designed and delivered by women investors and entrepreneurs, SheBoot arms technology and technology-enabled startups with fundamental business skills with a focus on investment and market readiness. It culminates in a pitch competition for a minimum of $100,000 of equity-based capital. This investment is made by at least ten women investors committed to fueling the next generation of women-owned and led firms. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca/sheboot

About the Capital Angel Network
Founded in 2009, the Capital Angel Network (CAN) has been investing in startups in the National Capital Region over the last decade. Since its inception, CAN members have invested over $30 million into almost 100 early-stage companies, 90 percent of which are based in the National Capital Region. This funding has also leveraged over $250 million in additional investment through government grants, syndication with other angel groups and venture capital funds. The portfolio has now seen nine exits that provided a positive return for investors. The membership base now consists of over 50 Angels, 20 percent of which are women. Our group made ten new and nine follow-on investments totalling $5 million in investment. For additional information, please visit: www.capitalangels.ca/

About Invest Ottawa
Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally recognized, innovative, inclusive, and future-ready city, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development, global expansion and talent programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include small business training, mentorship, acceleration for technology firms, foreign business and investment attraction, local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Invest Ottawa is also the founder and manager of the Area X.O, the futureplex of innovation and collaboration. Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and companies; helped firms attract more than $666 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 9,714 jobs; and attracted $862 million in domestic and foreign investment. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca

About Mistral Venture Partners
Mistral is a seed-stage venture capital firm with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, and California. Mistral is currently investing from their third fund, with a focus on SMB and enterprise software. Since they were founded in 2012, Mistral has invested in more than 30 startups – including companies like Ritual, Symend and Rewind. www.mistralvp.com

About FedDev Ontario
For nearly 12 years, FedDev Ontario has actively worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in Southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving their productivity, growing their revenues, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region.

Media Contact
Sonya Shorey
Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
613.851.9416
[email protected]

Posted in News, Press Releases
May 26, 2021

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SheBoot Applications More Than Double as Graduates Secure Deals and Investment

InvestmentReady Bootcamp For Women Founders Gains Momentum and Fuels Success

Ottawa, Ontario – May 26, 2021: The Capital Angel Network (CAN), a group of angel investors in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region, and Invest Ottawa, lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, are delighted to announce that SheBoot 2021 has attracted more than double the number of applications over the program’s inaugural year.

More than 125 companies are currently vying for ten spots in this investment-ready bootcamp jointly established by CAN and Invest Ottawa and designed by women entrepreneurs and investors for women-identifying founders. In 2020, the program attracted 54 applicants from Canada’s Capital Region and across the country. The 2021 boost in applications underscores the momentum of SheBoot, the opportunity to help build the pipeline of women tech founders and the investment challenges they face.

This intensive six-week program aims to arm tech or tech-enabled women-led and owned companies with fundamental business and investment skills and increase funding for women founders. This need for capital is more pressing than ever as women founders face significant funding challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. Crunchbase data shows that the proportion of capital allocated to women-only founders declined to 2.3 percent in 2020, compared to 2.8 percent in 2019.

SheBoot will culminate in a pitch competition for a minimum of $100,000 in investment this fall at AccelerateOTT, the flagship entrepreneurship conference hosted by Invest Ottawa. More broadly, the program strives to equip all participating women founders will the skills required to secure investment and grow their company.

The recent success of SheBoot graduates reinforces this goal and supports the growth of women founders. For example, over the last three months:

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“It is so exciting to celebrate the success of these founders,” said Sonya Shorey, VP of Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards and SheBoot Co-Founder. “We created SheBoot because we know there is a major gap in investment for women entrepreneurs. We have a very long way to go, but every step forward makes a difference. Together with our valued investors and partners, we aim to help enable the first $100 million woman-owned and led firm in Canada’s Capital.”

“We certainly have no shortage of talented and driven women entrepreneurs in this country,” said Jennifer Francis, Investor, Chair of the Capital Angel Network, Director of Invest Ottawa, and SheBoot CoFounder. “I’m excited to work with our next SheBoot cohort and help these founders secure the investment required to scale their business. The entrepreneurs from our inaugural SheBoot program serve as incredible role models who are charting a bold path to growth and success.”

“There is no question that women founders have a steeper hill to climb than their male counterparts,” said Julia Elvidge, Investor, Invest Ottawa Advisor, Director of the Capital Angel Network Board, and SheBoot Co-Founder. “I am delighted to see a significant increase in SheBoot applications this year. We have already initiated a rigorous criteria-driven review of these strong candidates with our investors. Although we will select ten founders for SheBoot 2021, we aim to help every applicant acquire support in our ecosystem. We strive to help all women tech founders fulfil their potential.”

“SheBoot was a gamechanger for us,” said Julie MacDonell, Co-Founder and CEO of Heirlume, the firstplace winner of the inaugural SheBoot pitch competition. “We have always known we are a high potential, high growth startup. Heirlume is the first AI-powered self-serve online trademark search and registration platform. We aimed to secure funding from underrepresented investors to drive growth and help fulfil our mission to democratize the trademarking process. We have just secured $1.7 million from the Backbone Angels, Future Capital, Angels of Many, MaRS IAF, and other angel investors. I’m proud to say that many of our investors identify as women or underrepresented funders. SheBoot helped us to achieve this goal.”

About SheBoot

SheBoot is a six-week bootcamp based in Ottawa, Ontario that prepares women founders to pitch their business and secure investment. Launched in March 2020 during International Women’s Week by founding organizations Capital Angel Network and Invest Ottawa, this program aims to help address the funding gap facing women entrepreneurs by increasing the number of women making and receiving investment. Designed and delivered by women investors and entrepreneurs, SheBoot arms technology and technology-enabled startups with fundamental business skills with a focus on investment and market readiness. It culminates in a pitch competition for a minimum of $100,000 of equity-based capital. This investment is made by at least ten women investors committed to fueling the next generation of women-owned and led firms. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca/sheboot

About the Capital Angel Network

Founded in 2009, the Capital Angel Network (CAN) has been investing in startups in the National Capital Region over the last decade. Since its inception, CAN members have invested over $30 million into almost 100 early-stage companies, 90 percent of which are based in the National Capital Region. This funding has also leveraged over $250 million in additional investment through government grants, syndication with other angel groups and venture capital funds. The portfolio has now seen nine exits that provided a positive return for investors. The membership base now consists of over 50 Angels, 20 percent of which are women. Our group made ten new and nine follow-on investments totalling $5 million in investment. For additional information, please visit: www.capitalangels.ca/

About Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally recognized, innovative, inclusive, and future-ready city, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development, global expansion and talent programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include small business training, mentorship, acceleration for technology firms, foreign business and investment attraction, local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Invest Ottawa is also the founder and manager of the Area X.O, the futureplex of innovation and collaboration. Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and companies; helped firms attract more than $666 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 9,714 jobs; and attracted $862 million in domestic and foreign investment. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca

Media Contact

Sonya Shorey
Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards
613.851.9416
[email protected]

Dec 23, 2020

Préserver la santé de la communauté

Tout en continuant de surveiller la progression mondiale de la COVID-19, nous prenons des mesures adaptées au confinement à l’échelle provinciale annoncé par le premier ministre Doug Ford et le gouvernement de l’Ontario le 21 décembre afin de protéger la santé et la sécurité de la communauté.

En application des protocoles établis jusqu’ici, Investir Ottawa, les cours Bayview et Zone X.O seront fermés au public jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Durant le confinement :

  • Notre bureau virtuel sera fermé du 25 décembre au 4 janvier 2021 pour permettre à notre équipe de refaire le plein d’énergie en vue d’appuyer pleinement les entrepreneurs, les entreprises et la communauté en 2021. Nous savons que ce soutien sera plus nécessaire que jamais.
  • Les locataires et le personnel auront accès à nos installations par carte-clé seulement. Les portes de tous nos édifices demeureront verrouillées.
  • Il n’y aura pas de réunion, d’atelier ou d’événement en personne, ni aucun service de réception.
  • En 2021, nos employés continueront de travailler de la maison pour vous servir et servir tous nos clients et intervenants de façon sécuritaire. Nos programmes, services et événements seront tous offerts en ligne.
  • Nous continuerons de collaborer étroitement avec les autorités sanitaires, de suivre la progression de la pandémie et d’indiquer toutes les mesures que nous prenons sur notre page d’accueil et les médias sociaux.
  • Nous ferons la promotion des nouveaux programmes et mesures de soutien destinés aux entreprises locales et aux membres de la communauté sur notre page de ressources sur la COVID-19, notamment :
    • la nouvelle Subvention ontarienne pour le soutien aux petites entreprises, qui sera lancée en janvier 2021, permettra d’offrir aux petites entreprises qui doivent fermer ou réduire grandement leurs activités une aide pouvant aller jusqu’à 20 000 $ pour compenser la perte de revenus en raison des mesures de confinement dans la province;
    • notre Programme pour le numérique et les rues principales, qui aide les petites entreprises subissant les contrecoups de la pandémie à établir leur présence en ligne afin de poursuivre leurs activités et de générer de nouveaux revenus.

Si vous avez des questions sur les commerces qui seront ouverts en Ontario ou sur les répercussions des mesures sur votre entreprise ou votre emploi, consultez le site Web de l’Ontario sur la COVID-19 ou téléphonez à la Ligne Info-Entreprises pour mettre fin à la propagation au 1 888 444-3659, en service tous les jours de la semaine.

Votre santé et votre sécurité sont nos priorités absolues. Si vous avez la moindre question, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec Sonya Shorey, vice-présidente, Stratégie, marketing et communications à [email protected].

Grâce à votre collaboration et à votre soutien indéfectibles, nous pourrons préserver la santé et la sécurité de notre pôle d’innovation et de notre communauté.

Dec 22, 2020

Helping to Preserve the Health of Our Community

As we continue to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are taking steps in accordance with the province-wide lockdown announced by Premier Doug Ford and the Government of Ontario on December 21 to help preserve the health and safety of our community.

Building on the protocols established to date, Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O will be closed to the public until further notice.  During this lockdown period:

  • Our virtual office will be closed from December 25, 2020, until January 4, 2021, to help our team recharge and fully support our entrepreneurs, firms and community in the new year; we know this support is needed more than ever
  • We will not host any onsite or in-person meetings, workshops or events, or have onsite front desk reception services
  • Our employees will continue to work from home and support you, all clients and stakeholders safely online in the new year; this includes on-going virtual delivery of our programs, services, and events
  • We will continue to collaborate closely with our health authorities, monitor COVID-19 developments, and communicate steps we are taking via our homepage and social media
  • We will also promote new pandemic programs and support for local businesses and community members on our COVID-19 Resources webpage in the new year, including:
    • The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant to be launched by the province in January 2021. This grant will provide small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services with funding up to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the province-wide shutdown; and
    • Our Digital Main Street Program which helps small businesses impacted by COVID-19 get online and get selling quickly to generate new revenue and continue operating

Should you have questions about what will be open in Ontario, impacts to your business or employment, please visit Ontario’s website or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 seven days a week.

Your health and safety remain our top priority. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued collaboration and support to help keep our innovation hub and community healthy and safe.

Posted in Blog, News, Press Releases
Nov 2, 2020

Deux semaines d’essais de navettes automatisées électriques à faible vitesse commencent à Ottawa

Ottawa (Ontario), le 2 novembre 2020 – Area X.O, exploité par Investir Ottawa, avec Transports Canada, la Ville d’Ottawa, EasyMile et leurs partenaires annoncent aujourd’hui le lancement du premier essai routier de navettes automatisées électriques à faible vitesse en son genre en Ontario.

À la suite d’une semaine de tests rigoureux à l’installation d’essai privée d’Area X.O, les navettes circuleront sur un trajet de 1,5 kilomètre à une vitesse allant jusqu’à 15 kilomètres par heure et effectueront une variété de tests dans des conditions réelles au campus du Pré Tunney du 3 au 13 novembre 2020. Il s’agit du premier projet en son genre à être approuvé dans la province dans le cadre du Programme pilote de mise à l’essai des véhicules automatisés de l’Ontario. S’appuyant sur les capacités uniques d’Area X.O, des innovateurs et des entreprises de la capitale, cet essai soutient le développement, la validation et la mise en œuvre sécuritaire des solutions de transport du futur. Celles- ci incluent notamment les navettes et véhicules connectés et automatisés (VCA) ayant le potentiel de créer une mobilité plus propre et plus efficace pour les citoyens en régions urbaines ou rurales.

Les navettes automatisées ont le potentiel d’offrir de nouvelles options de transport pour les passagers sur le premier ou le dernier kilomètre de leur trajet et d’améliorer l’accès aux transports en commun. Par exemple, ces véhicules pourraient fournir aux usagers une connexion fluide et pratique à des centres de transport tels que les aéroports.

L’équipe de ce projet de recherche comprend Area X.O, exploitée par Investir Ottawa, Transports Canada, le ministère des Transports de l’Ontario, la Ville d’Ottawa, EasyMile, un leader de l’industrie de la technologie des véhicules sans conducteur, de jeunes entreprises d’Ottawa comme AutoGuardian by SmartCone et RideShark, des sociétés multinationales comme Accenture, ainsi que le Conseil national de recherches du Canada. Ensemble, cette équipe collaborative vise à:

  • Acquérir une meilleure compréhension des processus de planification et d’approbation pour tester cette technologie émergente sur les routes canadiennes;
  • Évaluer la performance des navettes automatisées à faible vitesse circulant dans diverses conditions dans une zone de transport réelle. Ceci inclut les capacités de conduite automatisée, l’efficacité énergétique de la batterie, l’accessibilité, ainsi que la perception de la technologie par les passagers; et
  • Aider à orienter l’approche de Transports Canada à l’égard des navettes automatisées à faible vitesse, notamment en soutenant l’élaboration de lignes directrices pour tester la technologie des VCA.

« Notre gouvernement est fier de soutenir l’innovation et la compétitivité canadiennes au sein de l’industrie émergente mondiale des véhicules automatisés et connectés. Financé par Transports Canada, cet essai de navettes automatisées à faible vitesse nous permettra d’évaluer comment les véhicules automatisés peuvent opérer sécuritairement dans des conditions réelles. Les résultats informeront l’approche de notre gouvernement quant à la mise en marché sécuritaire et dans les délais de ces technologies au Canada. »

L’honorable Marc Garneau, ministre des Transports

« C’est formidable qu’Area X.O organise le premier essai de navettes automatisées électriques à faible vitesse en Ontario, au cœur d’Ottawa, le pôle technologique canadien reconnu à l’échelle internationale. Notre gouvernement est déterminé à développer, valider et mettre en œuvre des technologies de pointe en toute sécurité, y compris des solutions de transport à faibles émissions de carbone. Ces véhicules ont le potentiel d’améliorer la vie de nos citoyens, de créer de nouvelles opportunités commerciales pour nos entreprises et de nous aider à nous diriger vers un avenir sobre en carbone. »

– L’honorable Catherine McKenna, ministre de l’Infrastructure et des Collectivités et députée d’Ottawa-Centre

« Les véhicules connectés et automatisés ont le potentiel de transformer les déplacements sur nos routes et de contribuer de manière significative à l’économie de l’Ontario. C’est pourquoi notre gouvernement a investi dans le Réseau d’innovation pour les véhicules automatisés (RIVA) et que nous collaborons avec des organisations innovantes comme Investir Ottawa et EasyMile, qui contribuent à faire de l’Ontario un chef de file mondial dans le secteur des technologies automobiles. Félicitations à Investir Ottawa et EasyMile d’avoir franchi cette étape importante. »

  • L’honorable Caroline Mulroney, ministre des Transports, gouvernement de l’Ontario

« C’est formidable de voir l’expansion continue d’Area X.O et l’ampleur du travail d’Investir Ottawa pour assurer que les talentueux acteurs de notre secteur de l’innovation et des technologies de l’information aient l’espace nécessaires pour tester de nouvelles idées et se développer. Grâce au Réseau d’innovation pour les véhicules automatisés, la province continuera d’investir dans nos meilleurs et nos plus brillants innovateurs afin que nos secteurs de l’automobile et de la technologie puissent continuent de collaborer aujourd’hui et dans le futur. »

  • L’honorable Victor Fedeli, ministre du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce, gouvernement de l’Ontario

« Ottawa continue d’être un chef de file et un innovateur dans le domaine de la technologie des véhicules automatisés. En tant que ville intelligente, nous avons établi que nous avons le talent et l’expertise pour être les premiers avec des projets qui repoussent les limites du possible, comme les navettes automatisées à faible vitesse. Collaborer avec nos partenaires d’Investir Ottawa, de Transports Canada et d’EasyMile sur des projets comme Area X.O n’est qu’un exemple de la façon dont nous développons des initiatives intelligentes et faisons avancer la recherche qui stimule des emplois de haute qualité à Ottawa. »

  • Son Honneur Jim Watson, maire d’Ottawa

« Area X.O a établi une vision audacieuse : libérer et réaliser le potentiel, la puissance et l’impact des technologies visionnaires pour améliorer notre monde et les vies humaines. Nous sommes très fiers d’accueillir le premier essai de navettes automatisées à faible vitesse en Ontario, un projet qui appuie directement cet objectif. Il exploite le pouvoir de la collaboration, réunissant de jeunes entreprises innovantes d’Ottawa, des PME, des multinationales et les trois paliers de gouvernement. Les résultats de cet essai aideront à créer de nouvelles capacités, une expertise et des débouchés commerciaux pour les innovateurs et entreprises technologiques de notre région et de l’ensemble du Canada. Ensemble, nous favorisons la mise en œuvre sécuritaire des solutions de transport public du futur. »

  • Michael Tremblay, président-directeur général d’Investir Ottawa et des cours Bayview

« EasyMile est fière de faire partie de ce projet et de présenter notre navette accessible, entièrement automatisée et 100% électrique. Notre navette permet de combler le fossé entre les services de transport existants et offrir une mobilité locale dans les centres-villes, les universités, les aéroports et les campus d’affaires. EasyMile est la première entreprise de véhicules automatisés à déployer ses navettes et sa technologie sur les routes publiques de l’Ontario. Ce succès est attribuable à la solide collaboration entre nos partenaires de classe mondiale. Nous sommes fiers de collaborer avec des agences gouvernementales, des établissements universitaires et d’autres acteurs de premier plan de l’industrie dans le cadre de ce premier projet du genre qui contribuera à faire progresser la mobilité non seulement en Ontario, mais à travers le Canada. »

Joseph Holmes, directeur des ventes, EasyMile inc.

Cet essai routier est l’une des nombreuses « premières » pour Ottawa, la capitale canadienne des VCA. Par exemple :

  • En octobre 2017, Ottawa est devenue la première ville canadienne à tester un véhicule autonome sur rue communiquant avec l’infrastructure urbaine vivante. Le projet a été réalisé par Area X.O, exploitée par Investir Ottawa, BlackBerry QNX, la Ville d’Ottawa et la Kanata North Business Association (KNBA).
  • En août 2019, Area X.O, en collaboration avec Aurrigo, Transports Canada et KNBA ont mené un essai qui a permis au public de faire l’expérience d’un VCA fonctionnant en mode autonome sur un terrain de golf.

Ce nouvel essai routier en circulation mixte au Pré Tunney testera les navettes automatisées électriques d’EasyMile sur un itinéraire plus complexe et recueillera davantage d’informations et de données sur leur performance dans diverses conditions. Ces étapes soulignent les capacités d’Ottawa comme capitale canadienne des VCA et pôle technologique mondial ayant la capacité d’avoir un impact à long terme sur l’avenir des transports dans le monde.

Area X.O a invité les intervenants clés du projet et les locataires du campus du Pré Tunney à :

  • Planifier un trajet de 15 minutes dans la navette automatisée sécuritaire géré par des professionnels pour un maximum de cinq personnes résidant sous le même toit; et
  • Partager leurs commentaires sur leur expérience de la navette pour réaliser les objectifs de ce projet de recherche.

L’équipe de projet travaille en étroite collaboration avec les autorités de santé publique pour préserver la santé et la sécurité de notre communauté avec des protocoles rigoureux liés à la COVID-19, et ce, tout au long de l’essai.

Ce projet d’Area X.O s’appuie sur le soutien essentiel du gouvernement de l’Ontario par l’intermédiaire du Réseau d’innovation pour les véhicules automatisés (RIVA) et de partenaires fondateurs de l’industrie tout au long des deux dernières années. Il soutiendra davantage le développement de technologies de nouvelle génération, de nouvelles entreprises, de talents technologiques de pointe et d’emplois de grande valeur, tout en contribuant à stimuler notre reprise économique et notre croissance économique à long terme.

Citations des partenaires

« Au cours des 18 derniers mois, l’équipe d’Area X.O a acquis une vaste expérience dans les tests et la validation des technologies VCA et V2X (en anglais : vehicle-to-everything). Cet essai routier de navettes automatisées à faible vitesse utilise une méthode de test et d’évaluation en plusieurs étapes pour garantir la mise en œuvre sécuritaire de cette technologie. Il s’appuie directement sur des tests effectués dans nos installations privées, y compris notre piste d’essai fermée, et nous permet de déployer de plus grandes navettes automatisées à faible vitesse sur un trajet réel en circulation mixte. Cela aidera Ottawa, l’Ontario et le Canada à devenir des chefs de file mondiaux reconnus dans cette technologie. »

  • Kelly Daize, directrice des programmes d’Area X.O, Investir Ottawa

« Accenture est fière de soutenir Investir Ottawa, Area X.O et ses partenaires dans la réalisation du projet de navettes automatisées à faible vitesse. Le projet tire parti de notre expertise à l’échelle canadienne et mondiale en stratégie et service-conseil dans le secteur de l’automobile et de la mobilité. Ces types de projets axés sur la recherche et le développement peuvent aider les villes à en apprendre davantage sur la façon d’intégrer des véhicules sans conducteur dans des réseaux de transport complexes en toute sécurité. De plus, ces solutions peuvent aider les agences de transport en commun et de mobilité à envisager des solutions innovantes à la pandémie de la COVID-19. »

  • Dave Telka, directeur général et responsable, Stratégie et services-conseils, Services publics, Accenture – Canada

« AutoGuardian by SmartCone est fière de participer au premier déploiement de véhicules électriques sur les routes publiques de l’Ontario. C’est un important précédent pour le rôle vital de l’infrastructure dans ces déploiements révolutionnaires pour non seulement rendre les routes plus sécuritaires, mais aussi plus intelligentes. En développant une technologie capable de collecter des données, de détecter les véhicules et les usagers vulnérables de la route, de donner une visibilité étendue aux VAC et d’alerter en simultané de la présence d’autrui, nous nous assurons d’une mobilité sécuritaire pour tous et réalisons les objectifs de la Vision Zéro. »

  • Tenille Houston, chef de la direction d’AutoGuardian by SmartCone

« La Ville d’Ottawa est fière d’être partenaire du premier essai routier de navettes automatisées en Ontario. Cette initiative est un autre exemple de la façon dont l’infrastructure de la circulation interconnectée de la Ville d’Ottawa continue d’être à la fine pointe de l’innovation en matière de mobilité. Les services de transport ont hâte d’acquérir une compréhension plus approfondie des véhicules connectés et automatisés (VCA) comme possibles solutions de transport pour le premier et le dernier kilomètre. En collaboration avec nos partenaires d’Investir Ottawa, de Transports Canada et d’EasyMile, nous nous efforçons de rendre la mobilité à Ottawa plus efficace, sécuritaire, accessible et respectueuse de l’environnement. »

  • John Manconi, directeur général, Services des transports, Ville d’Ottawa

« Nous sommes fiers de nous joindre à nos partenaires d’Investir Ottawa pour célébrer l’essai routier des premières navettes automatisées à faible vitesse. Grâce au Réseau d’innovation pour les véhicules automatisés (RIVA) du gouvernement de l’Ontario, nous continuons de faire progresser l’Ontario en tant que chef de file de l’avenir de la mobilité. En s’appuyant sur ce travail, l’étape d’aujourd’hui est un autre exemple du leadership de l’Ontario. »

  • Raed Kadri, dirigeant du RIVA et directeur principal du portefeuille Technologie automobile et innovation de la mobilité, Centres d’excellence de l’Ontario

« En tant qu’entreprise en technologie de la mobilité basée à Ottawa, RideShark est ravie de travailler avec Investir Ottawa et de nombreux autres partenaires clés sur ce projet pilote de recherche novateur au Pré Tunney. En démontrant nos capacités de réservation de trajets sur demande et sécuritaire sur des navettes automatisées électriques à faible vitesse, nous avons une excellente occasion de contribuer à l’avenir des transports publics et communautaires durables. »

  • Sharon Lewinson, présidente, RideShark

À propos d’Area X.O

Futurplex de l’innovation et de la collaboration dans la capitale du Canada, Area X.O accélère le développement, la mise à l’essai et l’application sécuritaires de technologies de prochaine génération. Combinant diverses expertises aux forces vives des pôles technologiques en télécommunications et cybersécurité d’Ottawa, Area X.O offre aux entreprises en démarrage, aux PME, aux multinationales et aux gouvernements une plateforme pour développer des solutions à des enjeux planétaires. Il stimule la création, la commercialisation et l’adoption d’innovations en mobilité, autonomie et connectivité dont bénéficient la société, l’économie et l’environnement. Les technologies qui y sont développées trouvent application dans les domaines des télécommunications, de l’agriculture intelligente, de la défense, de la sécurité, de la sûreté publique, des véhicules aériens sans pilote et des villes intelligentes.

Prolongement de l’installation d’essai de véhicules connectés et autonomes Ottawa L5, Area X.O a été fondé et est exploité par Investir Ottawa avec le soutien essentiel de partenaires de calibre mondial, dont le gouvernement de l’Ontario, le gouvernement du Canada, la Ville d’Ottawa, Accenture, BlackBerry QNX, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia et les établissements postsecondaires d’Ottawa. Pour en savoir plus, visitez www.AreaXO.com.

À propos d’Investir Ottawa

Investir Ottawa est la principale agence de développement de l’industrie du savoir de la capitale du Canada. Pour contribuer à faire d’Ottawa une ville non seulement innovante, tournée vers l’avenir et reconnue mondialement, l’agence fournit aux entrepreneurs de nombreux programmes et services : formation axée sur les petites entreprises, mentorat, recrutement de talents, développement d’entreprise de technologie, attraction d’entreprises et d’investissements étrangers, renforcement et expansion d’entreprises locales dans des secteurs ciblés, commercialisation et promotion de la diversité économique et de la qualité de vie dans la région. Investir Ottawa a fondé et exploite

Area X.O, le futurplex de l’innovation et de la collaboration. Depuis 2012, l’agence a travaillé avec des milliers d’entrepreneurs et d’entreprises. Elle les a aidées à mobiliser 666 millions de dollars en capitaux, à créer plus de 9 714 emplois et à attirer plus de 862 millions de dollars en investissements directs intérieurs et étrangers. Pour en savoir plus, visitez www.investottawa.ca.

 

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Sonya Shorey

Vice-présidente, Stratégie, marketing et communications Investir Ottawa et les cours Bayview

613.851.9416

[email protected]

Posted in Blog, News, Press Releases
Nov 2, 2020

Two Week Electric Low-Speed Automated Shuttle Project Kicks Off in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario – November 2, 2020: Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, together with Transport Canada, the City of Ottawa, EasyMile and fellow partners today announced the launch of the first on- road electric Low-Speed Automated Shuttle (LSAS) trial of its kind in Ontario.

Following a week of vigorous testing at the Area X.O private test facility, the shuttles will operate up to 15KM/hour on a 1.5-kilometre route through Tunney’s Pasture campus from November 3 to 13, 2020, and perform a variety of tests in real-world conditions. It is the first project of its kind to be approved in the province under the Ontario Automated Vehicle Testing Program. Building on the unique capabilities of Area X.O, innovators and firms across the Capital, this trial supports the development, validation and safe implementation of future transportation solutions. These include connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) and shuttles with the potential to create cleaner and more efficient mobility for citizens in urban and rural areas.

Automated shuttles have the potential to provide new transportation options for riders over the first or last mile of their journey and enhance access to public transportation. For example, these vehicles could potentially provide commuters with a seamless and convenient connection to transportation hubs such as airports.

This research project brings together Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa; Transport Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Transportation; the City of Ottawa; EasyMile, an industry leader in driverless technology; Ottawa startups including AutoGuardian by SmartCone and RideShark; multinational companies such as Accenture; and the National Research Council of Canada. Together, this collaborative team aims to:

  • Acquire greater insight into the planning and approvals processes for testing this emerging technology on Canadian roads;
  • Assess the performance of low-speed automated shuttles operating in various conditions in a real-world transportation environment; this includes automated driving capabilities, battery energy efficiency, accessibility, and riders’ perception of the technology; and
  • Help inform Transport Canada’s approach to low-speed automated shuttles, including supporting the development of guidance documents for testing CAV technology.

“Our Government is proud to support innovation and Canadian competitiveness in the emerging global connected and automated vehicle industry. Funded by Transport Canada, this low-speed automated shuttle trial will assess how automated vehicles can safely operate in real-world conditions. The findings will inform our Government’s approach to ensuring that new technologies can be introduced in Canada in a safe and timely manner.”

  • The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“It’s great that Area X.O will host the first electric Low-Speed Automated Shuttle trial of its kind in Ontario in the heart of Ottawa, Canada’s internationally recognized global tech hub. Our Government is committed to the development, validation and safe implementation of leading-edge technologies, including low carbon transportation solutions. These vehicles have the potential to enhance the lives of our citizens, create new market opportunity for our companies, and help move us to a low carbon future.”

  • The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre

“Connected and automated vehicles have the potential to transform travel on our roads and be a significant contributor to Ontario’s economy. That’s why our Government invested in the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and is working with innovative organizations like Invest Ottawa and EasyMile that are helping to make Ontario a global leader in the auto-tech sector. Congratulations to Invest Ottawa and EasyMile on reaching this milestone.”

  • The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, Government of Ontario

“Great to see the continued expansion of Area X.O and all the work Invest Ottawa has done to ensure our talented innovation and I.T. sector have the space they need to test new ideas and grow. Through the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network, the province will continue to invest in our best and brightest to see that our automotive and tech sectors can collaborate now and in the future.”

  • Honourable Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade, Government of Ontario

Ottawa continues to be a leader and innovator in automated vehicle technology. As a smart city, we have established that we have the talent and expertise to be the first out of the gate with projects like the Low-Speed Automated Shuttle that stretch the limits of what is possible. Working with our partners at Invest Ottawa, Transport Canada, and EasyMile on projects like Area X.O is just one example of how we develop smart initiatives and spark research that stimulates high-quality jobs in Ottawa.”

  • His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

“Area X.O has established a bold vision: to unleash and realize the potential, power and impact of visionary technologies to improve our world and human lives. We are truly proud to host the first LSAS trial of its kind in Ontario – a project that directly supports this goal. It harnesses the power of collaboration, bringing together innovative Ottawa startups, SMEs, multinationals and all three levels of government. The outcomes of this trial will help to create new capabilities, expertise and market opportunity for technology innovators and firms in our region, and Canada more broadly. Together, we are driving the safe implementation of future public transportation solutions.”

  • Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

“EasyMile is proud to be a part of this project and showcase our accessible, fully automated and 100 percent electric shuttle. Our shuttle helps bridge the gap between existing transportation services and provides local mobility in city centres, universities, airports and on business campuses. EasyMile is the first automated vehicle company to have our shuttle and technology deployed on the public roads in Ontario. This milestone is attributed to the strong collaboration among our world-class partners. We are proud to collaborate with government agencies, academic institutions and other leading industry players on this first of its kind project that will help advance mobility not just in Ontario, but all of Canada.”

  • Joseph Holmes, Sales Director, EasyMile Inc.

This on-road trial is one of several ‘firsts’ in Ottawa, Canada’s CAV Capital. For example:

  • In October 2017, Ottawa became the first Canadian city to launch testing of an on-street connected and autonomous vehicle communicating with live City infrastructure; this project was delivered by Area X.O operated by Invest Ottawa, BlackBerry QNX, the City of Ottawa and Kanata North Business Association (KNBA); and
  • In August 2019, Area X.O, together with Aurrigo, Transport Canada and KNBA conducted a trial that enabled the public to experience a CAV operating in autonomous mode on a golf course

This new on-road trial in mixed traffic at Tunney’s Pasture will test EasyMile’s electric automated shuttles on a more complex route and gather greater insight and data on how they perform in various conditions. These milestones underscore Ottawa’s capabilities as Canada’s CAV capital and a global tech hub with the ability to achieve long-term impact on the future of transportation around the world.

Area X.O has invited key project stakeholders and tenants of Tunney’s Pasture campus to:

  • Schedule a safe, professionally managed 15-minute ride in the automated shuttle with up to five people who reside under the same roof; and
  • Share feedback on their shuttle experience to support the goals of this research project.

The project team is working closely with public health authorities to preserve the health and safety of our community with strict COVID-19 protocols in place throughout the trial.

This Area X.O project builds on anchor support from the Government of Ontario through the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) and founding industry partners over the last two years. It will further support the development of next-generation technologies, new companies, top tech talent and high-value jobs, helping to drive our economic recovery and long-term economic growth.

Featured Partner Quotes

“Over the last 18 months, our Area X.O team has acquired extensive experience in the testing and validation of CAV and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies. This on-road LSAS trial employs a tiered test and evaluation approach to ensure the safe implementation of this technology. It builds directly on tests conducted in our private facilities, including our gated test track, and enables us to deploy a larger LSAS shuttle in a real-world route with mixed traffic. It will help Ottawa, Ontario and Canada become a recognized global leader in this technology.”

  • Kelly Daize, Director of Area X.O Programs, Invest Ottawa

Accenture is proud to be supporting Invest Ottawa, Area X.O and its partners in the delivery of the LSAS project by leveraging our Global and Canadian strategy and consulting capabilities in the automotive and mobility sector. These types of research and development-focused projects can help cities learn more about how to integrate driverless vehicles into complex transportation networks safely. Moreover, these solutions can help transit and mobility agencies envision innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • Dave Telka, Managing Director at Accenture who leads the company’s Strategy and Consulting Practice for Public Sector within Canada

“AutoGuardian By SmartCone is proud to be part of the first AV deployment on public roads in the Province of Ontario. This will set a precedent for the vital role infrastructure will play in these in these ground-breaking deployments. It will not only make roads safer, but smarter as well. Pushing technology forward that can collect data, detects vehicles and vulnerable road users, gives extended line of sight to C/AV all while simultaneously alerting to each other’s presence will ensure safer mobility for all and drive the goal of Vision Zero.”

  • Tenille Houston, CEO, AutoGuardian by SmartCone

“The City of Ottawa is proud to be a partner in Ontario’s first on-road automated shuttle trial. This initiative is another example of how the City of Ottawa’s interconnected traffic infrastructure continues to be on the leading-edge of mobility innovation. Transportation Services looks forward to gaining a deeper understanding of connected automated vehicles (CAVs) as a potential’ first and last mile’ transportation solution. Working with our partners at Invest Ottawa, Transport Canada and EasyMile, we continue to strive to make mobility in Ottawa more efficient, safe, accessible, and environmentally friendly.”

  • John Manconi, General Manager, Transportation Services, City of Ottawa

“We proudly join our partners at Invest Ottawa in celebrating the trial of the first on-road Low-Speed Automated Shuttle. Through the Government of Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), we continue to drive Ontario forward as a leader in the future of mobility. Building on this work, today’s milestone is another example of Ontario’s leadership.”

  • Raed Kadri, Head of AVIN and Senior Director, Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation, OCE

“As an Ottawa-based mobility technology company, RideShark is excited to be working with Invest Ottawa and many other key partners on this innovative research pilot at Tunney’s Pasture. Showcasing our on-demand capabilities for safely booking rides on a low-speed, electric and automated shuttle provides an excellent opportunity for us to help drive the future of sustainable public and community transportation.”

  • Sharon Lewinson, President, RideShark Corporation

About Area X.O

Area X.O is the futureplex of innovation and collaboration in Canada’s Capital that enables and accelerates the safe and secure development, testing, and application of next generation technologies. Combining diverse expertise with Ottawa’s telecom and cybersecurity strengths as a tech hub, Area

X.O helps local, national, and global startups, SMEs, multinationals, and governments address grand challenges and opportunities. It fuels the creation, commercialization and adoption of breakthrough innovations in mobility, autonomy and connectivity that benefit our community, economy and environment. These applications span telecom; smart agriculture; defence, security, and public safety; unmanned aerial vehicles; and smart cities. Established and managed by Invest Ottawa and evolving from the Ottawa L5 Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Test Facility, Area X.O leverages critical support from world-class founding partners. These include: the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, Accenture, BlackBerry QNX, Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia, and Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions. For additional information, please visit: www.AreaXO.com

About Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally recognized, innovative and future-ready city, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development, global expansion and talent programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include small business training, mentorship, acceleration for technology firms, foreign business and investment attraction, local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Invest Ottawa is also the founder and manager of the Area X.O, the futureplex of innovation and collaboration. Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and companies; helped firms attract more than $666 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 9,714 jobs; and attracted $862 million in domestic and foreign investment. For additional information, please visit: www.investottawa.ca

 

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