The Visual Analytics Research and Development Consortium of Canada (VARDEC) is an industry led consortium with a mandate to develop and commercialize the latest visual analytics (VA) applications and technologies.

VARDEC brings together major aerospace companies and small-to-medium sized enterprises to develop and transform the latest technical and academic knowledge into practical solutions that will enhance Canada’s global competitiveness and lead to a greater diffusion of the latest in visual analytic technologies and applications.

The Consortium assists in advancing technological capabilities and building stronger relationships between Canadian and international aerospace firms, as well as, global visual analytic software and services providers.

Industry led multiple and single partner research projects are performed at various locations across Canada at industry, research laboratory and university locations leveraging the most appropriate resources and capabilities to complete the project

VARDEC was formed in 2013 in cooperation with Mitacs Inc. headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canadian Network for Visual Analytics (CANVAC) and The Boeing Company. Founding Canadian member companies include nGrain (Canada) Corp. and Convergent Manufacturing Technologies.

VARDEC is aligned with the Government of Canada’s Industrial & Technological Benefits (ITB) agreements with international partners, such as The Boeing Company, by helping to create key, strategic technology investments in the Canadian economy. These agreements are the result of the awarding of defense and security-related contracts by the Government of Canada to international partners that mandate offset expenditures.