Aquatic Informatics and the Canary Derby

by Laurie Lemanski

Techvibes is a media sponsor of the Vancouver Canary Derby on June 27th. 

No, this isn’t all about fish tanks and bird cages – it’s about a high-technology company and its involvement with the second annual Vancouver Canary Derby. Let me explain…

Aquatic Informatics, around since 1998 and currently based in Gastown, builds software solutions that help water agencies turn large data sets into useful information. Their main product, AQUARIUS, makes large water and environmental data sets easier to visualize, correct, analyze and report. For example, Water Survey Canada and the United States Geological Survey use AQUARIUS to determine how much water is flowing in rivers and streams across the country, what the water quality characteristics of that water are and what important trends are evident for the future.

“We believe in community involvement and believe that the Canary Foundation does great work focused on the prevention and early detection of cancer, which is so important to fighting this disease long-term” espouses Dave Ferguson, VP of Business Development for Aquatic Informatics. Not only is community involvement a high priority in the Aquatic Informatics culture, but so is the creative intensity that is being poured into their highly engineered go-kart, “We are in the Derby to win the speed category. We have built the cart to match the weight restrictions precisely so who drives the cart will depend on how much each person has eaten the day before the race. The number of hours invested in the engineering and design of the AI cart is a closely guarded corporate secret and could only be shared under strict NDA.” With that being said, the derby team is working hard at raising funds using a very clever method that would be near and dear to many a high-tech firm, “Although we will go the usual friends and family route, we expect to raise the most money by charging $1 per shot for each espresso served by the coffee machine in our office.”

When Mr. Ferguson was asked if he had any challenges for the other participating derby teams he only had one thing to say…”Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Dave, we are.

Aquatic Informatics
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aquatic Informatics™ Inc. - A Global reputation for Innovation. Aquatic Informatics™ provides software solutions that address critical water data management and analysis challenges for the rapidly growing environmental monitoring industry. Aquatic Informatics is focused on providing solutions to a range of different customer groups including federal, state/provincial or local government... more

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Laurie Lemanski

Laurie Lemanski

Laurie Lemanski is the Human Resources Co-ordinator for Canadian employees of Polycom and also manages the Burnaby VoIP research and development facility.  She has been with Polycom since 2000 and has witnessed the transformation of VoIP technology over the years, the evolution from the simple desktop handsets to desktop video phones, as well as the growing number of companies that endorse... more

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