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Drone Delivery to assist UBC remote communities program

2021-05-20 11:05 ET - News Release

Mr. Michael Zahra reports


Drone Delivery Canada Corp., with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, has been selected by the University of British Columbia to deploy Drone Delivery's patented drone delivery solution at the Stellat'en first nation, for UBC's Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative program.

The project will enable defined-route deliveries utilizing Drone Delivery's Sparrow drone, and its DroneSpot takeoff and landing zones, as well as additional drone flight infrastructure as required. The solution will be used to transport a variety of cargo for the benefit of the Stellat'en first nation, located in the Fraser Lake area of central-northern British Columbia, Canada.

Drone Delivery and UBC will work toward finalizing a definitive agreement shortly. Drone Delivery is expected to commence deployment of site infrastructure summer of 2021 and expects to begin providing drone delivery services under the agreement in the second half of 2021. The drone project term is expected to be 12 months. This deployment will be Drone Delivery's fourth first nations project and its first in British Columbia.

All operations will be conducted in accordance with appropriate Canadian regulations. Flights will be remotely monitored by Drone Delivery from its operations control centre located in Vaughan, Ont.

"We look forward to working with Drone Delivery Canada and all partners on this project for the benefit of the Stellat'en first nation. Many first nations communities in B.C. are on lockdown to reduce transmission of COVID-19, which has exacerbated inequitable access to health care supplies and services, ranging from personal protective equipment and medications to laboratory services such as COVID-19 testing and diagnostics for other medical conditions," said Dr. Michael Allard, vice-dean, health engagement and partnerships, UBC.

"Based on the isolated location of our community and the needs of our residents, drone transport may enhance our access to COVID-19 testing and medication without travelling and endangering other members of our community," said chief Robert Michell of the Stellat'en first nation, located about 100 kilometres west of Prince George. "The futuristic potential of this initiative is exciting. With drone technology, there is so much you can do."

"We are pleased that UBC has chosen Drone Delivery Canada as part of their Remote Communities Drone Transportation Initiative at the Stellat'en first nation. The UBC faculty of medicine is a recognized global leader and we applaud their initiative to embrace drone delivery to benefit first nations communities. As an award-winning global leader, DDC is pleased with our continued business successes in the drone delivery industry," said Michael Zahra, president and chief executive officer of Drone Delivery.

About Drone Delivery Canada Corp.

Drone Delivery Canada is an ISO 9001-certified, award-winning drone technology company focused on the design, development and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform, using drones. The company's platform is used as a software-as-a-service model for government and corporate organizations globally.

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