FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

Government of Canada
Via partnerships with the private sector, and through its various departments and agencies, the Government of Canada is instrumental in the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition.
 
Parks Canada
On behalf of all Canadians, Parks Canada fosters the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of our country’s natural and cultural heritage. Preserving the integrity of these special places for present and future generations.
 
The Royal Canadian Navy
The Royal Canadian Navy has a key role ensuring the security of Canada’s ocean estate. The RCN routinely deploys ships to Northern Waters for sovereignty patrols and in support of other government departments with primary jurisdiction such as fisheries and oceans, the RCMP, Parks Canada, and the Canadian Hydrographic Service for instance. This summer Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Kingston will also participate in the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition during the course of a broader sovereignty patrol. 
 
Canadian Coast Guard
The Canadian Coast Guard helps ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The Coast Guard also plays a key role in protecting the marine environment, keeping public safety, and ensuring Canada's sovereignty and security in Canada's water. The Coast Guard's work supports economic growth and our waters sustainable use and development.
 

Defence Research and Development Canada
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and other government departments as well as the public safety and national security communities with the knowledge and technologies needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.

 
Canadian Hydrographic Service
Canada has 250,000 km of coastline and some of the largest tidal ranges in the world. The Canadian Hydrographic Service has been mapping the depths and obstacles of Canada’s navigable waterways to ensure mariners safe passage since 1882.
 
Canadian Space Agency
Founded in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency develops technology and furthers knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity, for peaceful use in space and on Earth. Its work is evident everywhere from the international space station to the Northwest Passage.
 
Environment Canada
Environment Canada does credible scientific research in the name of protecting Canada’s environment, preserving its natural heritage and providing Canadians with the meteorological information they need to keep informed and safe.
 

PRIVATE PARTNERS

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston, his wife Reta and their children. In 1924 Garfield inherited his father’s company and went on to establish baking and retail businesses throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. Today, Foundation funds are directed to projects in the fields of land conservation, neuroscience, education, and scientific research in Canada’s North.
 
One Ocean Expeditions
With their ice-strengthened Voyager and Navigator, expedition cruise line One Ocean takes their guests to the wondrous sights of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. In August 2014, the Voyager will be contributing to a 10-day search for the Erebus and Terror.
 
Shell Canada Ltd
Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911 and employs approximately 8,000 people across the country. A leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of refined petroleum products, Shell produces natural gas, natural gas liquids and bitumen, and is Canada’s largest producer of sulphur. Shell is one of Canada’s oil sands developers and operates the Athabasca Oil Sands Project on behalf of the joint venture partners.
 
Arctic Research Foundation
The Arctic Research Foundation (ARF) is a Canadian private charitable foundation established in 2011 to support long-term sustainability in the Arctic through innovation in knowledge and research capacity. ARF specializes in the mobilization and use of shallow-draft near-coastal research vessels in the Arctic. The summer of 2014 marks ARF’s third season of ocean-based research and logistical support.
 
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges.

The Society is one of Canada’s largest non-profit educational organizations and is funded primarily by donations. The Society’s Board of Governors and its program committees are comprised entirely of volunteers.

 
Canadian Geographic
Canadian Geographic magazine is a Canadian magazine that is unapologetic about celebrating Canada. We're dedicated to uncovering and communicating the stories about Canadian people, places, frontiers and issues (past and present) that Canadian magazine readers want.
 

TERRITORIAL PARTNERS

Government of Nunavut
The government of Nunavut is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Nunavummiut (as the territory’s residents are known) and to increasing the territory’s influence in Canada and in the world.
 

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

The British High Commission
The British High Commission in Canada works to develop one maintain substantive partnerships between Canada and the UK. As the legal owner of Franklin’s Ships, Britain assigns control over the investigation and recovery of the site.