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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.

 

Renseignements :

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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Sonya Shorey

Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

613.851.9416

[email protected]

Mar 16, 2020

Bayview Yards is now open for meetings and events

As of 12:01 am on Saturday, November 7, 2020, Bayview Yards will open our facility to meetings and events on a modified basis, consistent with regulations provided by Ontario Public Health.  

The capacity limits for meeting spaces have been modified to ensure social distancing and health regulations. Hours of operation will be restricted in accordance with the guidelines provided by Ontario Public Health. 

We will continue to review every inquiry on an individual basisAs always, our priority is and will continue to be the health and safety of our staff, clients and attendees. If you are interested in booking space with us please complete our intake form and our Event Coordinator will contact you to confirm we can accommodate your group. 


Proactive and Preventative Steps to Help Preserve the Health of Our Community

September 9, 2020, update:
The Bayview Yards’ building will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.
All non-essential staff, companies, and licensees should not be working at Bayview Yards, as per government regulations.

Our community’s health and safety remain our number one priority. We will provide an update when changes to our policies and procedures have changed.

July 9, 2020, update:
Due to the decision of the Government of Ontario extending the Emergency Measures Act, the building will continue to be closed until July 22, 2020.
Please see the following link for reference: Ontario State of Emergency Extended, Global News.

All non-essential staff, companies, and licensees should not be working at Bayview Yards, as per government regulations.

May 15, 2020, update:

Bayview Yards will remain closed to the public until further notice. Invest Ottawa’s continues to serve entrepreneurs and firms, virtually.

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority.


As we continue to monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are taking important steps that directly support the recommendations shared by Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Public Health, our Prime Minister and other authorities, to help preserve the health and safety of you, your families and our community.

We fully support the guidance provided to all Ottawa residents to strengthen social distancing measures, cancel any planned events, and refrain from going out for non-essential reasons. As Dr. Etches noted, Ottawa residents will benefit from more social distancing between people, cancelling events of all sizes, and staying home when you’re sick.  The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Building on the initial protocols communicated to date, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards are now taking the following additional steps that translate these important recommendations into action:

 

Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards to be Closed to the Public Until April 6, 2020

  • Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards will be closed to the public, and accessible to tenants and staff by key card only, until April 6, 2020. This includes our entire Bayview Yards site (including our Bayview Yards Prototyping Lab), our Kanata office located at 555 Legget Dr., and our Ottawa L5 Private CAV Test Facility at the Greenbelt.
    • Our outdoor sign will reflect this information, with additional signage at the entrance of our facility.
    • Please note the doors to Bayview Yards will be locked throughout this entire period.
    • As communicated on Friday, March 13, 2020, all meetings, workshops and events booked at Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards facilities by external parties have been suspended until this date (subject to extension pending assessment with OPH).
  • Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards Employees Working from Home: To preserve and protect the health of our employees, all members of our Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards team will work from home until at least Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • On-Going Review and Assessment with OPH: Together with OPH, we will consistently review and assess this dynamic situation and take any additional steps that may be required during this period. We will communicate all updates, actions and changes with you and our community consistently.

 

Developing Safe, New Ways to Virtually Engage, Inform and Support You, Our Clients and Community

  • As previously communicated, we are developing new ways to deliver as many programs and services as possible online and provide much-needed support to our entrepreneurs, firms and stakeholders.
  • If you are a founder, entrepreneur or firm that is seeking assistance and support, please reach out to us.
  • We welcome any ideas, feedback or recommendations you may have on resources, tips, tools, guidance, online events and engagement approaches that could help you, our clients and our community through this difficult time.
    • We aim to help keep everyone fully engaged, connected and collaborating in safe and interactive ways.
    • Please send along any ideas you may have for our marketing and communications team to Sonya Shorey at [email protected]

 

We Are Here to Support You

    • As emphasized by our Prime Minister today, the Government of Canada is urging all Canadians abroad to return home now while that possibility still exists. We strongly support and echo this guidance for all members of our community.
    • Your health and safety is our top priority, and we are committed to taking the steps required to mitigate and manage risk in this very dynamic environment.
    • Most importantly, please take care of yourselves, your loved ones and each other. As echoed by the Prime Minister today during his nation-wide address, please take the time to check in on those around you, offer support to family, friends, colleagues and neighbours who might need extra help in the weeks ahead. It is extremely important to stay connected in safe ways, such as phone, email, Facetime and Teams.
    • Thank you for your continued collaboration and support to help keep our innovation hub and community healthy and safe.

 

Mar 14, 2020
November 7, 2020 update:

As of 12:01 am on Saturday, November 7, 2020, Bayview Yards will open our facility to meetings and events on a modified basis, consistent with regulations provided by Ontario Public Health.  

The capacity limits for meeting spaces have been modified to ensure social distancing and health regulations. Hours of operation will be restricted in accordance with the guidelines provided by Ontario Public Health. 

We will continue to review every inquiry on an individual basisAs always, our priority is and will continue to be the health and safety of our staff, clients and attendees. If you are interested in booking space with us please complete our intake form and our Event Coordinator will contact you to confirm we can accommodate your group. 

July 9, 2020 update:
Due to the decision of the Government of Ontario extending the Emergency Measures Act, the building will continue to be closed until July 22th. Please see the following link for reference: Ontario State of Emergency Extended , Global News

All non-essential staff, companies, and licensees should not be working at Bayview Yards, as per government regulations.


As we continue to closely monitor the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across Canada and around the world, we are working closely and consistently with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) on the development of protocols and steps that help keep you, our employees, clients, tenants and all guests safe and healthy.  Given our extensive regional engagement and activity, we know it is imperative to get ahead of this evolving situation and help slow the spread of this virus.   

Working directly with the OPH team, and leveraging trusted COVID-19 resources from OPH, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization, we are committed to taking proactive, preventative and prudent measures that aim to mitigate risk within our facility and across our region. This includes steps to: 

Please find below key elements of our corporate response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, developed with the full support of OPH. As valued members of our community, we wanted you to be fully apprised of the precautionary steps we are taking to help preserve your health and safety. 

Given the global and dynamic nature of COVID-19, we are monitoring this situation closely every day with OPH and other authorities. We will share new information, next steps or updates to these steps regularly. 

Keeping You Safe at Our Innovation Hub

Consistent with many partners and organizations across Canada and around the worldand with your health and safety as our top priority, we are: 

  • Deploying bilingual signage provided by OPH throughout the facility to encourage healthy practices such as elbow bumps and waves as opposed to handshakes, and proper handwashing techniques; 
  • Posting signage at the entrance of Bayview Yards and reception encouraging any guest who is feeling unwell to return home, and seek medical support; 
  • Installing more handwashing stations and sanitizer throughout Bayview Yards;  
  • Adopting enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures for all parts of our facility each day 
  • Adopting broad work-from-home approaches for our employees, and delivering our programs, services and support online to the greatest degree possible to help preserve the health of our team and the community we serve; and 
  • Moving to kiosk-based reception and guest check-in and operating with a significantly reduced onsite team at our Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards locations. This includes: 
    • Our headquarters at 7 Bayview Station Rd. 
    • The Ottawa L5 Private CAV Test Facility managed by Invest Ottawa at the Greenbelt
    • Temporarily closing our Kanata office at 555 Legget Dr., Kanata. 
Creating Safe, Online Delivery Methods for Programs, Services and Support

To help slow the spread of this virus, and continue supporting the entrepreneurs, firms and community we serve, we are: 

  • Suspending all face-to-face peer groups, consultations and workshops hosted by Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, and implementing online delivery and telephone engagement wherever possible; 
  • Suspending all events hosted directly by Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, as well as those hosted by external organizations that lease meeting and event space at our facility;
    • We are personally contacting all organizations that have booked a meeting or event at Bayview Yards. If you are scheduled to host a meeting or event at our facility and have not yet spoken with a member of our Events Team, please contact Richard Quigley, Vice President Infrastructure Services at [email protected];  
  • Temporarily closing our onsite Education Centre at 7 Bayview Station Rd., enhancing our videoconference capabilities, and creating new online training and content delivery approaches that help to keep our community engaged, informed and connected in the days ahead 
  • Enabling onsite companies currently in our IO Accelerator at Bayview Yards to access their existing corporate space as they typically would; and 
  • Temporarily halting all drop-in access for entrepreneurs and firms in our IO Accelerator, and new applications from companies for onsite space in our IO Accelerator, IO Global Runway and Bayview Yards more broadly. 
Help to Preserve the Health of Our Employees, Clients & Community

With an abundance of precaution, and a focus on the health of our people and the region we call home, we are: 

  • Suspending all business travel, international meeting and conference participation; 
  • Asking all employees who are currently (or will be) travelling personally to self-isolate for 14 days; 
  • Postponing AccelerateOTT, our flagship entrepreneurship conference, originally scheduled for May  7 at Lansdowne Park;
  • Collaborating with all licensees, tenants and partners at Bayview Yards to ensure everyone who shares space with us is fully apprised of the proactive steps and protocols we are implementing; 
  • Working collaboratively with regional and national partners to share resources, approaches and practices that aim to support entrepreneurs and firms during this difficult period; 
  • Working directly with the founders, entrepreneurs and companies we serve in our region to provide additional support; and 
  • Promoting trusted resources that aim to help our community during this challenging timeThe following support is confidential and available 24/7 to you, your family and our community: 

Our Executive Leadership Team is meeting on a daily basis, given this rapidly evolving situation.  We will keep you apprised of updates and new steps developed in collaboration with OPH that aim to support our people and community furtherShould you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications at [email protected].  

Many thanks for your cooperation as we take proactive and preventative steps that aim to keep you, our employees, clients, guests and community safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Michael Tremblay 
President and CEO 
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards 

 

 

Mar 13, 2020
Ottawa, Ontario – March 13, 2020: Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards join organizations and countries around the world in taking proactive, precautionary steps to preserve the health and safety of our employees, clients, partners and community.

This is our top priority, and we are committed to helping protect our local, national and international stakeholders and the region we call home.

In light of the global spread of COVID-19, and in close collaboration with Ottawa Public Health and fellow health authorities, Invest Ottawa has made the important decision to postpone AccelerateOTT, our flagship entrepreneurship conference.  This event was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Lansdowne Park.

We deeply appreciate the commitment and support of many sponsors, community members and clients who have already engaged with us and acquired tickets to this annual event.  We are taking this step as a preventative measure with an abundance of caution.

All tickets purchased to date will be automatically transferred to our next AccelerateOTT conference, which we hope to host this fall. Should you wish to receive a refund, please contact Jessica Ward, Event Producer, at [email protected], and she would be pleased to help you.

We look forward to sharing our additional details about AccelerateOTT with you in the coming weeks.

Posted in Blog, Expert Series
Mar 6, 2019

This blog is provided by Invest Ottawa’s proud sponsor, Smart & Biggar, as part of our Expert Series. View the full series here.

Authored by: Jamie-Lynn Kraft, Associate, Smart & Biggar

black board whit chalk written words and trademark in center

Savvy entrepreneurs understand that a strong brand adds real value to a business. Whether you are starting a new business or building an existing one, the selection and protection of your brand’s trademarks are critical to success.

Powerful brands have strong marks

A trademark (or mark for short) can be a word, a logo, a symbol, or another unique element that distinguishes the products and services of one company from those of another. If a trademark is not strong enough, it cannot perform this key role. The first step in the selection process is choosing a powerful mark.

Imagine, for example, that you sell soup and you promote your product under the trademark BEST SOUP. No matter how good your soup is, you will always have a hard time protecting your trademark and building brand value. The reason for this is that there is nothing striking or unique about the trademark BEST SOUP which would assist customers in differentiating your soup from other soups in the marketplace. It simply describes the product. If, on the other hand, you choose an arbitrary or coined word for your trademark, it will be striking. Consumers will remember your striking mark and will be better able to identify it as belonging to you. That is the essence of a powerful mark.

Search early, search often for your marks

The second step in the selection process is the all-important search. “Search early, search often” should be the motto for all good marketing teams. There is no sense in attempting to build brand value in a trademark which is already used by one or more companies in your field. At best, you are wasting your time and money (you can’t protect a word that everyone else is using). At worst, you are infringing the rights of others and opening yourself to liability. A well-thought-out search strategy in partnership with your trademark counsel can assist in identifying generic words (which cannot be protected) and conflicting rights (which ought to be avoided).

Protect your marks and your brand

Once you have selected your trademark for your brand you must protect it. There are four key steps in the protection process: file, use, monitor and enforce.

If a trademark is important to you and you want to prevent its use by others in your field, file an application to register the trademark in the countries that are important to you. Work with your trademark counsel to develop a filing strategy which identifies (1) what marks you should file; (2) where you should file; and (3) with what products and services you should file. Allow your sales to drive your filing strategy, but also think with a view to the future.  Remember, many countries have a “first-to-file” trademark system, so it is important to file early in countries that matter so nobody else beats you to the punch. A trademark registration is a powerful tool since it gives you the exclusive right to use your trademark in the countries where it is registered.

Once you have a mark use it or lose it

Next, in order to protect your trademark, you must use it. If you don’t use a trademark, you lose it. It is also important to ensure that you use your trademark as a trademark. This means you must make it stand out by displaying it in a different font, using it as an adjective (never a noun), and employing the proper marking symbols where appropriate (TM and ®). Failure to use your trademark as a trademark could result in your brand becoming generic. (Think: “escalator”, “linoleum”, “cellophane”, which were all at one time trademarks but have since fallen into generic use.)

Watch your marks and enforce your rights

Filing and using your trademark, however, is not enough to protect it. You must monitor the marketplace to ensure that no one else is infringing your trademark rights or using your mark generically. If multiple companies use the same or similar mark for the same product, that mark no longer fulfills its key role of distinguishing the products of one company from those of another. When that happens, the trademark cannot be protected and will instead be available for all companies to use.

Of course, once you spot infringing or generic use in the marketplace, you must take steps to stop it. Work with your trademark counsel to determine your rights and what steps you should take to enforce them.

Following these critical steps in the selection and protection process will help you build a powerful brand and create business value.


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Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. Related to Fetherstonhaugh – Canada’s largest patent agency firm – through common partners, offices and people, we have been leaders in intellectual property and technology law for over a century.

Intellectual property rights are only valuable if they can be protected and exploited intelligently. At Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, they are devoted to maximizing the value of their clients’ intellectual property and technology assets. While they are proud that they have been selected repeatedly as Canada’s leading intellectual property firm in numerous Canadian and international surveys, they recognize that their success is best measured by their client’s success.

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Dec 14, 2018
Joe Cummins

Author: Joe Cummins, CEO, CybernetIQ

CybernetIQ is a software development company focused on building the next generation of cyber defense products.  Their flagship product, the Control Layer Assessment Works (CLAW) platform changes the way cybersecurity analysts detect and defend against threats, by creating a “Google Maps”-like interface to visualize network vulnerabilities. The platform is the brainchild of CEO Joe Cummins, a cybersecurity subject matter expert and a skilled ethical hacker for Control Systems Networks.

Development of CLAW began when Joe received a grant from Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)  to develop a method for conducting risk assessments of Canada’s cybersecurity posture on a national scale. Later, Joe was made Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Carleton University, where has was given access to a team of students to help build early versions of the product.  “We were lucky, these students were gifted coders with good gaming experience. Our technology is the gamification of cybersecurity, so product development was a natural evolution of their skills. Some are still with me today.”

CybernetIQ has been operating in stealth mode for the past 4 years, with the objective of building revenue from a local client base to facilitate the ongoing development of the product and the scaling of the company. “CybernetIQ built and sold two other products to help fund the development of CLAW and we take full advantage of the Government programs like IRAP, but that isn’t enough to compete on the world stage,” said Cummins.

“The experience (of being in the IO Accelerator program) is amazing. It’s a vibrant community and the people who actively participate in it, benefit from it… I am learning what it takes to build a company from people who have been there, done that.” – Joe Cummins, CEO, CybernetIQ

As many founders can attest, the journey to launch is rarely linear. The summer of 2018 brought with it a period of major transition for CybernetIQ as it became clear the bootstrap sales cycle with the federal government as an anchor client, would not support the planned growth for the company. Joe was faced with a difficult decision but a fabulous opportunity – abandon the plan or take advantage of some of the fantastic local resources available to take the company to a whole new level.

It didn’t take long for CybernetIQ to find a new path forward. Being accepted in the IO Accelerator program was a key milestone giving CybernetIQ a home and a structured approach to scaling the company. “The experience is amazing. It’s a vibrant community and the people who actively participate in it, benefit from it. We all understand what one another is trying to achieve. There’s a kinship there. These are people who have faced the same challenges and can learn from each other. I am learning what it takes to build a company from people who have been there, done that.”

CybernetIQ is actively raising a seed round of financing to scale the team and bring the product to a wider North American market. With several paid trials underway and candidates for executive positions being considered, CybernetIQ is well-positioned for its planned success, while they focus on helping customers solve their cybersecurity challenges.

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