High Commission of Canada: Space-Data partnering B2B event and reception

On Monday 2nd March, Dr Aurélie Bovi and Dr Harry Langford from the CHAP Innovation team attended a business-to-business partnering event at Canada House in London.

The event was part of a ‘Space-data Partnering Mission to the UK’ that brought 14 Canadian companies to the UK’s leading space clusters in London, Oxfordshire and Scotland.

Co-organised by the High Commission of Canada in London, the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)/Innovate UK, the day’s activities began with networking over lunch, followed by presentations and short pitches from the Canadian companies present.

Funders such as the European Space Agency Business Applications and Space Solutions (ESA BASS) and the Canadian Space Agency gave short presentations next, outlining the type of support they could provide to companies for R&D collaborations.

The second part of the afternoon was dedicated to more networking both informal and via pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with the Canadian businesses. Drs Bovi and Langford spoke to a wide range of companies including Element AI, GHG Sat Inc., MDA Corp, Tesera Systems Inc. and Wyvern Space to learn more about their space-data and technologies, and identify opportunities for applications or integrations of their satellite- derived information, products and services to better support the agriculture sector (e.g. precision agriculture; decision-support systems; agronomics; environment monitoring and management; etc). These discussions have already fostered prospects of future collaborations with CHAP, one potentially to the UK-Canada TFP bilateral call mentioned previously.

The daytime event was followed by a ‘Space Industry’ evening reception, in partnership with the UK Space Agency and CGI, bringing an extra 100 delegates to networking. Attendees were welcomed by short speeches from Nathalie Dubé, Minister-counsellor and senior trade commissioner, the UK Space Agency and Roy Dalton, CGI.

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