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Drone Delivery Canada announces commercial agreement with GlobalMedic for first nations COVID-19 project

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced a commercial agreement with the David McAntony Gibson Foundation o/a GlobalMedic (GM) to deploy DDC’s drone delivery solution to provide service to the Beausoleil First Nation Community (BFN) in Ontario, reports a company press release. Funding for the project was received by donors, including from Canada’s OEC Group, a leading global logistics provider servicing clients in all major industries including aerospace, healthcare, global retail, automotive and manufacturing.

DDC will carry out a two-way delivery flight route from/to BFN mainland to/from the BFN Christian Island utilising the Sparrow drone and its DroneSpotTM takeoff and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure as required.

All operations will be conducted in accordance with the Canadian Aviation and Transport Canada flight regulations. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its new commercial operations centre located in Vaughan, Ontario. DDC will commence deployment of site infrastructure shortly and expects to begin providing drone delivery services under the Agreement in Q3 of 2020.

BFN will use DDC’s Sparrow to limit person-to-person contact on its island ferry service by transporting COVID-19 related cargo such as personal protection equipment (PPE), hygiene and test kits, test swabs, etc.. The term of the Agreement is six months with an up-front fixed-fee to cover managed services.

“We are pleased to announce GlobalMedic as another paid commercial drone logistics customer,” said Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC. “The Beausoleil First Nation community will benefit from our drone delivery solution during the COVID-19 pandemic by limiting person-to-person contact between the mainland and Christian Island, while keeping their supply chain open.”

Zahra continued, “To our knowledge this is the first announced COVID-19 related drone logistics project working with a humanitarian aid agency in Canada.”

Rahul Singh, Executive Director at GlobalMedic, added, “We have a well-known history of using drones to respond to crisis zones having deployed our drone teams to dozens of countries using our award winning RescUAV program. We look forward to seeing DDC drones in the air delivering lifesaving aid to our friends in Beausoleil First Nation.”

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