Generating entrepreneurial success

Dr. Lincoln Smith | Thomson Rivers University

The past year has flown by for the founders ofHummingbird Drones, and the company’s founders are overwhelmed by their success.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Atwood received word last week that he had been awarded the Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur Award for BC and the North. The award will be presented at the Startup Canada Awards in Vancouver on Nov. 4.

Atwood, a 2015 TRU Natural Resource Sciencegraduate, founded the business alongside Richard Sullivan, a bachelor of business administration student. They first got the idea for their company while working as firefighters for the BC Wildfire Service during the 2014 season.

“(Sullivan) was my crew leader, and we were part of the initial attack team. We could see then how many opportunities and applications there would be for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Devices) during wildfires,” said Atwood. The company officially incorporated in March 2015, making it the first UAV service provider in North America to become involved in wildfire suppression activity. Hummingbird Drones offers low-level infrared scanning and mapping for wildfire agencies, emergency responders and environmental industries, and is now participating in the BC Innovation Council Venture Acceleration Program atKamloops Innovation.

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