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Immortalizing Canada through a drone

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The Explorer150 program was designed to capture and share the stories of every day heroes who power the country, while sharing incredible images of lesser travelled areas of Canada.

Explorer150 is going where no drone has gone before. An unprecedented journey covering more than 11,000km of Canada’s terrain travelling from the most westerly community of Beavercreek, Yukon to the most eastern tip of Canada in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Hovering no higher than 90 feet about the ground, Explorer150 will bear witness to Canada’s diverse landscape, terrain and people. In celebration of Canada’s 150th year, Duracell, in partnership with Maclean’s is providing a first class ticket to exploring Canada’s unsung heroes, undiscovered nooks and hidden gems.

To learn more about this incredible initiative or to watch the images taken by the drone, click here.

A Quebec-Texas agreement to enhance the integration of UAS into the US and Canadian airspace

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May 11th 2017 – An agreement between the Quebec UAS Centre of Excellence (UAS CE), the Texas Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) was made public on May 9th during the Canadian networking reception of the annual Xponential conference held in Dallas.

The three parties agreed to provide joint services and products to enhance the integration of Unmanned Aircraft / Aerial Systems (UAS) into the US and Canadian airspace. The agreement is aiming at areas of beneficial opportunities like service provider credentialing, UAS flight test partnering, test site policies and procedures collaboration as well as training joint support.


On the picture: Mr. Daniel Dignard, Director, Quebec Trade Office in Houston; Mr. Gary Sera, CEO, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX); Mr. Marc Moffatt, Director General, UAS Centre of Excellence (UAS CE); Mr. Jerry H. Hendrix, Executive Director, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC); Mr. Pierre Marcoux, Trade Attache, Quebec Trade Office in Houston; Mr. Steve Williams, Director of Operations & Strategic Development, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX); Mr. Joe Henry, Director Outreach & Commercialization, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC); Mr. Luis Ciruentes, vice-president, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

According to the Quebec UAS Centre of Excellence Director General Marc Moffatt, “UAS CE is very excited about this agreement with the Texas Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). We believe that this partnership represents a major step for the civil & commercial UAS community, which should allow us to work conjointly in various R&D fields, BVLOS and more, as well as sharing developments in both the Canadian and United States industries. The Quebec government has recently recognized the importance of developing an ecosystem dedicated to the civilian UAS industry where the UAS CE will play a leadership role in the initiative. This agreement should also benefit the Quebec ecosystem initiative underway”.

According to the Lone Star UAS Center Executive Director, Jerry H. Hendrix, “We are excited to be a part of this momentous occasion and to work collaboratively with the Quebec UAS Centre of Excellence and our friends at TEEX. This further signifies the global impact that unmanned aircraft systems are having across the world. Common research, testing and integration in Canadian domestic airspace and in the US national airspace will be of great benefit to Transport Canada, the FAA and global partners. In items like detect and avoid and beyond visual line of sight operations, better solutions for commercialization will evolve. Global partners will recognize the value of the agreement to provide them with a common solution addressing research, testing, training, credentialing and operating unmanned aircraft systems. This MOU and new collaborative relationship sets the framework for expansion of our global partners across country boundaries”.

“I am excited about this partnership between TEEX, UAS CE and LSUASC”, says Gary Sera, TEEX CEO. “TEEX looks forward to leveraging our 50+ years of training experience to enhance training and credentialing in the UAS industry both in the United States and in Canada”.

This agreement is the result of many discussions and consultations between the three parties, initiated in May 2016 at the occasion of the Quebec-Texas Seminar on Drones in New-Orleans and co-organized by the Quebec office in Texas. The agreement established a joint quarterly meeting structure which should focus on developing projects and identifying the necessary funding.

About Quebec UAS Centre of Excellence (UAS CE)

The Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (UAS CE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop an international centre of expertise, services and innovation in design, applications and UAS operations. Since its incorporation in 2011, UAS CE participated in numerous industry meetings to support the regulation development in Canada and Transport Canada has recognized the UAS Centre of Excellence as the testing site in the province of Quebec. The Centre is also working closely with their partners and the Quebec Ministry of Economy (MÉSI) to develop fruitful collaboration with international partners.

About Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC)

The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC), founded on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2013, was established in response to an FAA initiative to integrate UAS into the national airspace. LSUASC is composed of a team of highly engaged researchers, entrepreneurs and aviation industry professionals. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi led Texas’ successful efforts to become a FAA UAS test site, which includes numerous test ranges covering more than 68,000 square miles of airspace from the Gulf of Mexico to the Big Bend region of Texas.

About Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

TEEX is an internationally recognized leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security, workforce training and exercises, technical assistance, product testing and economic development. Last year, TEEX served more than 168,000 people from every US state and territory and 82 countries worldwide. TEEX makes a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions and saving lives.

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UAS Centre of Excellence (UAS CE)

Mr. Marc Moffatt, Director General

+1 418.487.3583

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Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation (LSUASC)

Mr. Joe Henry, Director Outreach & Commercialization

+1 512-962-9711

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Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

Mr. Steve Williams, Director of Operations & Strategic Development

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Unmanned Systems Canada 2017 Student UAS Competition Results

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Alma, QC – May 2nd, 2017 – Thirteen university student teams from across Canada competed in the Flying Phase of the 9th Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition hosted by Centre d’Excellence sur les Drones (CED) in Alma QC from 28 – 30 April. Congratulations to the winner,  University of Toronto – UAV Division.

The purpose of this annual competition is to promote and develop Canadian expertise, innovation and experience in unmanned systems technologies at the university and college levels. This year’s wildlife monitoring  scenario tasked  the teams  to census and locate nests of three different types of geese in the remote Canadian wilderness. The special challenge this year was that the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) was required to extract eggs from the nests to allow wildlife biologists to test the eggs for levels of pesticides.

This phase was preceded by a design phase for which submissions and winners were announced earlier this year. We congratulate all participating teams for their ingenuity, dedication and their respective institutions for the support given to their endeavors.


Phase 1: Design Phase Results:

1st place: University of Toronto –Aerial Robotics Division

2nd place: University of Toronto – UAV Division

3rd place: Université de Sherbrooke – VAMUdeS


Phase 2: Flying Phase Results :

1st place: University of Toronto – UAV Division

2nd place: Ryerson University – Team RUAV

3rd place: École de technologie supérieure – Team Dronolab

To recognize innovation, perseverance and a healthy competitive spirit, prizes  recognizing those attributes were awarded. Unmanned Systems Canada is grateful for the participation of industry sponsors acting as judges to select the winners.

Innovation prize:   École de Technologie Supérieure – Team Dronolab who custom designed a robust modular system, easy to maintain, with the ability to integrate various payload components.

Pip Rudkin Memorial Award for Perseverance:  University of British Columbia – UAS.

The team came prepared for adversity by bringing their UAS from last year. When both of their UAS became unserviceable they made extensive modifications to the spare one and were able to get good data.

Judges Award for professionalism: University of Toronto – Aerial Robotics Division. The team conducted themselves with professional standards demonstrating excellent communication skills, a plan for every step including the use of checklists.

Cash prizes were awarded for Phase 1 & 2 in excess of $20,000 at the Awards Banquet held Sunday evening.

According to Mark Aruja, the Chairman of Unmanned Systems Canada, “This competition is a world-class event and amongst the most complex engineering competitions where the teams are required to respond to a customers requirements as they will in their industrial careers. We continue to see the best and brightest of our university students drawn to the innovations possible with unmanned aerial systems, and testing their skills in ever demanding scenarios. Once again I was impressed with how teams responded with novel solutions to the scenario that we presented to them and how they dealt with the chilly and windy conditions.”


This event is organized by a committee of volunteers including global leaders in the development and application of UAS systems, including wildlife biologists and aerospace engineers, former competitors now in industry. The competition rotates its location annually between Alma QC and Southport MB. In 2018, Southport MB will host the 10th annual competition that raises the bar once again to attract the best and brightest in Canada to developing technical solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges.  The competition could not take place without the generous support of our sponsors.



2017  Phase 2  Competition Teams


University of Calgary – Schulich UAV

University of British Columbia – UAS

Université de Sherbrooke – VAMUdeS

University of Toronto – AeRo

University of Toronto – UAV

University of Waterloo – WARG

University of Windsor – UWINg


Carleton University – Blackbird

Concordia University – UAV

École de technologie supérieure – Dronolab

McGill University- Aero McGill Drones

Ryerson University – RUAV

Simon Fraser University – Guardian


Major partnership in the cluster of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System; Signing of a letter of agreement beetween Aéro Montréal & UAS CE

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Montréal, April 3rd 2017 – The President of Aéro Montréal, Ms. Suzanne Benoît, along with the Director General of the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (UAS CE), Mr. Marc Moffatt, have signed earlier today an important letter of agreement to define their partnership in the field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

By signing this agreement, Aéro Montréal and the UAS Centre of Excellence agree to work together in establishing an RPAS working group.  By this letter they also agree to facilitate discussions through various events, promoting individual and common objectives, as well as supporting the establishment of a Québec RPAS Centre of Excellence.

This letter has been signed in the presence of the Québec minister of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) and minister responsible of the Digital Strategy, Mrs Dominique Anglade, during the International Aerospace Week – Montreal – 2017. This letter of agreement will more particularly allow to jointly develop an action plan, necessary for the implementation of Québec wide working group, as well as to organize events related to the development of an RPAS cluster at the UAS Centre of Excellence.

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Top row (From left to right): Mrs Dominique Anglade, Québec minister of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI) and minister responsible of the Digital Strategy; Mrs Cynthia Garneau, President, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada & administrator, Board of Directors Aero Montreal; Down row (From left to right): Mrs. Suzanne Benoît, President of Aero Montreal; Mr. MarcMoffatt, Director General of Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (UAS CE)

The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System sector is booming. It has enormous potential for our Québec aerospace cluster companies, especially SMEs. Already, several companies in our industry are being proactive in penetrating this sector. Our strategy at Aéro Montréal is aligned with that of the federal and provincial governments, which recently announced incentives in their respective budgets to encourage innovation and excellence. I am very pleased with this agreement with the CED because it is part of this approach and supports the Québec aerospace ecosystem”, said President of Aéro Montréal, Ms. Suzanne Benoît.

The Director General of the UAS Centre of Excellence, Mr. Marc Moffatt further explained: “In the latest Québec Aerospace Strategy 2016-2026, the Québec government recognizes the importance of developing a regional ecosystem dedicated the civilian RPAS. The collaboration between the UAS CE and Aéro Montréal becomes therefore a very important alliance for the development of the Québec RPAS industry and community. Both organizations will join their efforts to position the Québec’s know-how in this area”, added Mr. Moffatt.

About the International Aerospace Week – Montréal

Holding its 3rd edition from April 3rd to April 7th 2017, events and activities of the week have been developed following one single objective: Offer companies a unique occasion to discover latest developments, networking as well as increasing their business relations. This year, the focus has been placed on Industry 4.0

The Week is organized in partnership with BDC and Norton Rose Fulbright.

About Aéro Montréal

Created in 2006, Aéro Montréal is a strategic think tank that groups all major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research institutions, as well as associations and unions.

Aéro Montréal’s mission is to engage Québec’s aerospace cluster with a view to increasing its growth and expansion on the global scene. Its vision is to become a benchmark in global aerospace. To this end, it champions the following values: excellence, engagement, collaboration, versatility and innovation.

About the Unmanned Aerial Systems Centre of Excellence

The Unmanned Aerial Systems Centre of Excellence is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop an international center of expertise focused on the development, applications and operations of UAS. The Center is an exceptional full-service facility offering world-class opportunities to organizations participating in all aspects of UAS development and operations.

The Center of excellence now counts 20 active members and has a large network of international partners. The UAS CE is also the co-founder of the International Consortium of aeronautical test sites (www.icatestsites.org). For further information about the UAS Centre of Excellence, please visit our website at www.cedalma.com.

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