ING Robotic Aviation provides “drone” education to Actua Northern Outreach Program


ING Robotic Aviation, Canada’s leader in drones as a service (DaaS), is pleased to support local charities and each year one of those organizations is selected by management to be the focus. This year, Actua’s Northern Outreach Program has been selected.

Each year, Actua delivers programming in communities throughout The North, including the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Nunavut, Northern Québec and Newfoundland and Labrador through hundreds of school workshops and many weeks of summer camp. The focus of these programs is to engage youth by creating outstanding STEM-centric engaging and educational modules.

“We are pleased to have the support of ING Robotic Aviation for this program,” said Jennifer Flanagan, CEO of Actua. “We have heard very positive feedback from instructors about the drone activities.”

ING Robotic Aviation was able to provide a variety of activities for the “Game of Drones” program day. The company donated HIL (hardware-in-the-loop) simulators, whereby students were trained on how to plan and fly their own Responder helicopter drone survey missions within a flight simulator. As part of the focus on data-driven information, ING also provided the students with large image mosaics from actual flights we have done in the Arctic which the students piece together. The was to teach the students an understanding of post processing and how software can be used to produce maps. The students were shown actual digital 2D and 3D models created from the real flights in the arctic.

“We are very happy to support Actua with this excellent initiative,” states ING Robotic Aviation’s CEO, Mr. Ian Glenn. I and my team are personally gratified by the opportunity to touch and perhaps inspire over 900 age seven to twelve-year-old kids across Canada’s Artic this summer.”

Other supporters of this program include Google, General Electric and Suncor.

ING Robotic Aviation delivers Drones-as-a-Service (DaaS) solutions in harsh conditions globally. We put the right information in our customers’ hands at the right time. It’s all about the data. We developed our skills through extensive operational unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surveillance work with the Canadian military. From these beginnings with military systems, we now provide commercial services with robotic aircraft including mapping, inspections and monitoring in North America and internationally. We are at the forefront of a disruptive technological and operational change, focused on reinventing aviation. For more information, please visit:

Actua is Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization,  annually inspiring over 225,000 youth in 500 communities with hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experiences. Representing a network of 33 university-based members, Actua focuses on engaging under-served youth including girls, youth in rural and Arctic communities, Aboriginal youth, and youth facing socio-economic challenges.