Ocean Networks Canada was created in 2007 to manage the cabled observatory being constructed on the sea floor off the BC coast. A total of approximately $200M has been invested to date to build and operate the Observatory, primarily with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Province of British Columbia. It is the first, largest and most advanced regional-scaled cabled observatory in the world. The Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre is a business division within Ocean Networks Canada that has leveraged this observatory to develop a suite of products and services called Smart Ocean™ Systems.
The Centre was established as a Centre for Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) in 2009 under the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program to leverage this investment, accelerate the development of new technology, grow industry, and help our international clients build their own ocean observatories.
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