Valcom Consulting Group Inc. has won a $2.85 million contract from the Department of Defence for driver training at military bases across the country. The original tender, posted on procurement site Merx, called for the firm to provide instructional and training support for courses on an as-and-when requested basis. The contract is for one year, with two one-year extension options.
International Datacasting Corp. (TSX:IDC) was tapped to help towerCast to expand the latter's radio broadcasting network in France. The $2-million order is for IDC products intended to deliver focused ads by regional market as well as local programming. This contract is expected to expand as more radio groups are added, the firms noted. The Ottawa-based digital content distributor for broadcasters is undergoing restructuring to improve the performance of its products group.
Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX-V:FMS) has signed a letter of intent with Lara Exploration Ltd. for Lara's wholly owned Caninde graphite project in northeastern Brazil. The agreement gives Focus two options to acquire an up to 60 per cent undivided interest if Focus agrees to spending in stages in the next five years, issuing 500,000 common shares to Lara by the third year, and reimbursing Lara for claims acquisitions cost. The project has a surface area of 15,615 hectares with several graphite locations.
Telesat announced two agreements. The Ottawa-based satellite services company has teamed with Astrium Services to offer Canadian federal agencies means of accessing satellite communications. Astrium currently has a 15-year agreement to use Telesat's X-band payload on Anik G1, which will be launched later this year. Additionally, Telesat announced it has been awarded a contract from Shared Services Canada to provide X-band communications and services to SSC's partner and client departments. It will provide this capability through Astrium's satellite constellation. The value of the contract was not disclosed. A January 2012 notice on Merx from Public Works (which commonly handles procurement for other government agencies) lists an X-band contract award to Telesat with a value of $4.52 million.