Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada | February 22, 2022
As Canadians have witnessed over the last few years, wildfires have had a significant impact on their lives, their communities and the country's economy. This was especially true in 2021, one of Canada's most damaging fire seasons in years, with 6,224 fires and a total area burned of 4.18 million hectares, an area that is seven times larger than Prince Edward Island.
Through the Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) program, the Government of Canada is launching a challenge and turning to Canadian small and medium-sized businesses to propose their innovative solutions to help communities that could be at risk from wildfires. Under the program, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is inviting those businesses to develop novel software capable of producing high-resolution vegetation mapping data in wildland urban interface areas and wildland areas near communities.
Fire behaviour prediction and wildfire hazard assessment and mitigation can be greatly improved with timely and accurate mapping data on fuel attributes. This data is key to looking at how we address and respond to emergencies like wildfires and other natural events. While the forest sector already collects information on the vegetation structure and composition, there are currently not enough tools available for quick and cost-effective processing of wildfire fuel attributes from these data.
Challenge winners may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development into novel software and, if accepted into Phase 2 of the program, up to $1 million to develop a working prototype. The government can then act as a first customer, helping these businesses commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good middle-class jobs across Canada.
"As wildfire risks increase, our government recognizes the urgency of adopting proactive strategies to mitigate disaster risk. With this challenge, we are mobilizing Canadian innovators to develop technologies that will improve our ability to predict and respond to wildfires and help prevent the disastrous consequences they can have on our communities."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
"Strengthening the resilience of our communities and our wildlands through the research and development of science-based tools is a priority for Canada. Through this challenge, we are working to mitigate the risk posed by wildland fires and curb the loss of biodiversity in our forests, while providing economic opportunity for small and medium-sized businesses across the country."
– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources
ECS | June 15, 2022
ECS, a leader in advanced technology, science, and digital transformation solutions, has been named an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider (MSP) Partner for the eighth consecutive year. ECS delivers AWS cloud solutions through premier consulting, audited managed services, and the optimized, value-added resale of the entire global AWS product catalogue. ECS has also maintained an AWS Premier Consulting Partner tier for seven years in a row.
To achieve these designations, ECS met strict AWS program requirements, including a rigorous third-party audit in which the company demonstrated operational excellence and value-added delivery across its AWS offerings. Passing this audit demonstrates ECS’ expertise in guiding customers through all phases of the cloud adoption lifecycle, from plan and design through migration, build, and optimization.
We are thrilled to be once again recognized as an essential partner who provides critical value for our customers. A key part of that value lies in the AWS cloud solutions that empower our customers to realize cost savings, increased flexibility, and improved cybersecurity. Fueled by the thought leadership of our Cloud Center of Excellence and our philosophy of continuous innovation, ECS is focused on delivering ‘next-generation MSP’ capabilities for our customers, including helping them realize the benefits of the AWS platform.”
Ross Serino, vice president of Cloud Operations at ECS
“With our eighth successful AWS audit in a row, ECS continues to demonstrate our expertise at delivering cloud solutions using AWS technology,” said Michael Scrivener, director of Cloud Solutions at ECS. “With these designations, our customers can feel confident that they are partnering with AWS experts who have the strategic insights and experience to streamline and transform their business operations.”
ECS, ASGN’s federal government segment, delivers advanced solutions in cybersecurity, data and artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, application and IT modernization, science, and engineering. The company solves critical, complex challenges for customers across the U.S. public sector, defense, intelligence, and commercial industries. ECS maintains partnerships with leading cloud, cybersecurity, and AI/ML providers and holds specialized certifications in their technologies. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ECS has more than 3,500 employees throughout the United States.
ASGN Incorporated is one of the foremost providers of IT and professional services in the technology, digital, creative, engineering and life sciences fields across commercial and government sectors. ASGN helps leading corporate enterprises and government organizations develop, implement and operate critical IT and business solutions through its integrated offering of professional staffing and IT solutions.
Oracle | June 09, 2021
Today Oracle has further expanded its commitment to the UK Government with the update of an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and Oracle, as well as a new commitment to enhance Oracle's Government Centre of Excellence. The updated arrangement is expected to foster an even stronger working relationship between Oracle and the UK public sector, enabling better use of secure cloud technologies. The Oracle Centre of Excellence will provide additional support and technical capabilities to help the UK Government better use Oracle Cloud.
CCS – the UK's largest public procurement organization – supports the UK public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. Last year, CCS helped the UK public sector achieve commercial benefits worth more than £1 billion – supporting world-class public services that offer the best value for taxpayers.
Oracle and the UK Government first signed an MOU in 2012, paving the way for a long-term partnership. The updated MOU will ensure that central, local, and devolved governments and all public service departments and agencies, such as NHS Trusts, can make continued use of Oracle Cloud. Critical public services will have access to the full suite of Oracle Cloud applications, secure infrastructure services, and autonomous technology. The Oracle Cloud can help customers like the UK Government drive greater efficiencies, automation, and productivity, all of which could support the UK economic recovery.
The enhanced Oracle Centre of Excellence will provide the UK Government with even more support for its use of Oracle Cloud, enabling better use of secure cloud technologies to support long-term innovation and transformation of public services. It will provide public sector organizations with additional support in moving workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure or expanding their Oracle Cloud Applications Suite.
Oracle provides the only dual-region sovereign cloud for UK public sector customers and works with hundreds of public sector customers, such as the Home Office, Office for National Statistics, the NHS NEP, Birmingham City Council, the Ministry of Defence, and West Midlands Police. The updated MOU expands on these relationships and will allow more public sector organizations to use cloud technologies for their efforts to deliver the best possible public services and greater value for the taxpayer.
Oracle offers integrated suites of applications plus secure, autonomous infrastructure in the Oracle Cloud.