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Abundant. Reliable. Renewable. Canada’s Natural Resources.

With robust natural resource stretching from the Canadian Cordillera to the Klondike, to the North Atlantic, Canada’s mining, ocean sciences, forestry, and energy industries fuel Canada’s innovation economy. Canada’s rich oil, natural gas, coal and uranium deposits make it a strong leader on the North American energy stage. Half of Canada’s land mass is covered woods, trees and forests, which are amongst the most sustainably managed in the world, and the minerals and metals are the foundation of many of today’s computers and smart phones, are extracted from Canada’s 200 mines, some of the most active in the world. Bordered by three oceans, with the world’s longest coastline, Canada’s ocean economy spans industries, spurring innovation in aquaculture, renewable energies, communications technologies, bio products, defence, transportation and more. The quest for deep exploration didn’t end with the founding of Canada; it was merely the beginning.

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$25 Billion Annual Revenue


$201 Billion Exports


886,000 Jobs

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UBCTallwood House, located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus, is the world's tallest mass timber building and home to more than 400 students.



FP InnovationsThe University of British Columbia performs significant research in the areas of forestry, pulp and paper engineering, forest bioproducts, and mining and mineral processing. The University is also home to FPInnovations’ West Coast research centre, the world's largest not-for-profit forestry-related research centre.


InnoTech Alberta Canada has become a world leader in extracting oil from oil sands thanks to the hot water separation process developed by Karl Clark for the Research Council of Alberta, and Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage thermal recovery technology developed by Dr. Roger M. Butler while working in Canada for Imperial Oil.


SRCThe Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) in Saskatoon is at the forefront of R&D for CO2 and natural gas injection to enhance recover of light to heavy oils; and solvent vapour extraction (SVX) modelling, including the JIVE Program near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.


CEMI CEMI, the Centre For Excellence in Mining Innovation has made a patent application for a hydraulic air compressor whose novel uses include cooling and dehumidifying deep mines, capturing carbon from fossil fuel burning plants and as a method for domestic air conditioning.


Bio PolynetFredericton-based BIOPolynet developed BioNanocoil, a simple environmentally friendly method to stabilize sand and soil, control industrial dust, and improve the performance of other industrial binders.  The product is an innovative solution for sand/dune stabilization and dust controlling in mining, quarrying, forestry, construction, and farming industries as well as  the prevention of erosion by natural processes.  


Canaport Canaport LNG is Canada's first liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal, and is capable of sending 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.


Dalhousie UThe Ocean Tracking Network at Dalhousie University is a global aquatic animal tracking initiative that uses electronic tags to track more than 150 keystone, commercially important and endangered species in 30 countries.



kraken Kraken Robotics is an international ocean technology company engaged in the design, development and marketing of advanced sensors, software and underwater robotics for unmanned maritime vehicles used in defense and commercial applications. Kraken is a recognized leader in the innovation of synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), an underwater imaging technology that is disrupting seabed surveying through ultra-high-resolution imagery at superior coverage rates. Kraken’s SAS was key to the successful 2016 discovery of one of the lost ships of Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition, and to the 2017 recovery of Avro Arrow prototype artifacts from Lake Ontario.


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