National and provincial advanced networks partner to showcase a range of groundbreaking Canadian scientific research and discovery.

(Vancouver, February 16 2012) BCNET, British Columbia’s advanced network and shared IT services organization for higher education, and CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, have partnered to enable an exciting view of Canadian science at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference, being held in Vancouver from February 16 – 20.

BCNET and CANARIE will provide ultra high-speed connectivity to enable visitors to the Canada Pavilion to experience a live feed from cameras and sensors located on the sea floor. These instruments are part of a sophisticated array that makes up the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Observatory led by the University of Victoria. ONC includes both the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada underwater observatories, state-of-the-art scientific installations that allow scientists to access a wide range of real-time information about the ocean and its inhabitants.

In addition to these live feeds, CANARIE and BCNET networks will enable demonstrations of other scientific innovations from a wide range of Canadian government departments and agencies in the Canada Pavilion. The Canada Pavilion will have five separate kiosks focusing on key areas of scientific interest: Big Science, Digital Media, People, Changing Planet, and Global Health.

“CANARIE is proud to be part of the Canadian team at this prestigious conference, and to have an opportunity to demonstrate how our national digital infrastructure is supporting Canada’s most advanced scientific discovery,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE, and a member of the Board of Ocean Networks Canada. “Our connections to Big Science facilities, and to over 1,000 other institutions across Canada, are enabling breakthroughs that have a positive impact on Canadians.”

CANARIE is a participant in the Big Science kiosk which will also include the Canadian Light Source (Canada’s national synchrotron), the Perimeter Institute, the TRIUMF National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory, the National Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

“We are excited to demonstrate how BCNET’s regional advanced network is enabling scientific discovery in British Columbia. Our partnership with CANARIE at AAAS highlights how we cooperate to ensure scientists in British Columbia can collaborate nationally and internationally. CANARIE links BCNET’s high speed advanced network to Canada and over 100 countries around the world,” says Michael Hrybyk, President and CEO, BCNET.

The Canada Pavilion at the AAAS Conference will welcome participants throughout the conference. A live blog ( will provide up-to-date information and insights on the wide range of activities happening at the conference.

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CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries.

CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. For additional information, please
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About BCNET:

BCNET is a not-for-profit, shared IT services organization that collaborates with its higher education members to explore and evaluate leading-edge information technology services to accelerate research, collaboration, learning and innovation. BCNET’s high- capacity, advanced fibre optic network infrastructure provides a common and powerful platform to deliver services to support research and the strategic objectives of higher education institutions.

Owned, governed and funded primarily by its members and government, BCNET is guided by clear, member-defined principles that provide a framework for the types of projects or services it will undertake.

Proposed services share the common goal of reducing members’ costs, minimizing technology duplication and improving efficiencies, while meeting the collective mandate of its members.

Sixty-eight research and higher education institutions connect to BCNET, including federal and provincial research labs, federal cultural institutes, provincial health centres, universities and research institutions; another 72 colleges and schools connect to BCNET through the Provincial Learning Network.
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