Water Canada shared a number of technology-related news stories in 2019. The three most read stories in this category are included below.

  1. WaterTAP, Ontario’s Water Sector Accelerator, Ceases Operations

The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) ceased its operations on June 30, 2019.

The organization had been receiving funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT). The funding was terminated in March 2019 as a result of the provincial government’s cost savings efforts.

WaterTAP was originally created by the Ontario government under the Water Opportunities Act to promote and foster the growth of Ontario’s innovative water technology companies.

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  1. Supercluster Signs $4.65 Million Agreement for Fresh Water Data Commons Project

A new Digital Technology Supercluster signed a Master Project Agreement to proceed with the $4.65 million Fresh Water Data Commons (FWDC) Project. The project will develop a balanced private-public water monitoring platform that will allow others to contribute and access the data.

Carl Data Solutions is leading the consortium that includes Astra Smart Systems, Genome BC, i4C Innovation, Living Lakes Canada, Microsoft, Teck Resources Limited, and the University of Victoria.

“The platform and the technology developed for the Fresh Water Data Commons will offer a technological tool to help every part of Canada, and the world, use data to protect water, people, ecosystems, and the economy as the demand for fresh water continues to rise,” said Pilar Portela, project lead for the FWDC.

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  1. Royal Bank of Canada Launches RBC Tech for Nature

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) launched RBC Tech for Nature, a new initiative that will work towards addressing and solving shared environmental challenges.

“RBC’s support for emerging technologies has been a game changer in the water community,” said Sherry Campbell, president and chief executive officer of The Gordon Foundation. “Leveraging blockchain technology, DataStream now provides an unmatched level of integrity and transparency. We look forward to rolling this technology out with Regional Partners like the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.”

The RBC Tech for Nature initiative aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Through the initiative, RBC will be working with over 115 organizations globally to tackle the issues outlined in these goals.

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