Connected Coast Project | Fall Update 2021

Upcoming Construction Project Events & Updates

  • Construction started on the project September 1st, 2021!
    Cable landings are now in place at Oona River, Kitkatla, and Bonilla Island and are ready for the marine cable when deployed in later October.
  • The cable lay vessel being used on the project, the CanPac Valour, is enroute from the Caribbean and due to arrive in Campbell River by late October, where it will be outfitted for the project before heading north for its first cable lay campaign.
  • Additional cable landing construction in Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Metlakatla, and Lax Kw’alaams is scheduled to commence early November.


Presenting the Connected Coast Logo/Artwork

The logo artwork was designed by Roy Henry Vickers, an award-winning First Nations artist and a Member of the Order of Canada, who was born and raised in Northwest B.C. The eight handprints around the face represent the circle of community, and symbolize how the Connected Coast project will help uplift the communities it serves. The handprints also represent the directional points of a compass. The face in the middle signifies the importance of social connection, and the circular shape is similar to the physical fibre-optic internet cable. The deep blue colour was chosen to reflect the ocean, and to acknowledge that it must be respected through the highest environmental standards when the subsea fibre cable is placed underwater.

The font was chosen because the letterforms “connect” to one another, much like the literal and metaphoric purpose of the Connected Coast project. The letters are slightly slanted to represent the speed of the bandwidth, and the stylized multi-coloured ‘S’ suggests the light running through a fibre-optic cable. The concept for the lettering was provided by From the Treehouse, a design company based in Prince Rupert. B.C. The first cable lay campaign is also scheduled to begin mid November and will focus on connecting all the landings noted above over a three- week period.

Project Member – Spotlight

As the Senior Project Manager for the Connected Coast project, Wes Eisses’ job is to ensure the team delivers on its mandate, on time and on budget.

Although he was trained as an Architectural Technician, he fell into telecom design and project management right after he graduated in 2000 and never looked back. Since then, he’s worked on fibre-optic projects across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. For the past 7 years, Wes has worked in the Columbia Basin region of B.C. on an “open access” fibre backbone, similar in many ways to the Connected Coast project.

The importance of this project, says Wes, is related to the current state of high-speed connectivity: it’s no longer a “nice to have.” Indeed, it’s critical for the participation in the digital age, and bringing the Connected Coast to underserved rural and remote areas along the coast of B.C. is a game-changer.

“I think the most exciting thing about the Connected Coast project is that its impact is largely unwritten!” says Wes. “People, communities, and businesses on the coast will be able to leverage the power of this network in obvious ways. But technology is ever-changing so, who knows, perhaps the next Steve Jobs or Facebook will come from a small community connected by this network.”

Wes lives in Cranbrook, BC, with his wife and two year-old son – and he’s got a daughter on the way in December! He also enjoys camping and finding ways to change his flight after logging trucks block his way to the airport.

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