There are many aspects of conservation and research that require a hands-on approach, including gathering samples, documenting sightings, conducting field research, and cleaning beaches. Back at the office, it’s technology that assists with the heavy lifting, from plotting and analyzing the data to working with citizens and organizations from around the world.

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre was selected as one of four non-profit organizations in Vancouver to receive a Microsoft technology grant and we couldn’t be happier. The Aquarium will receive $400,000 in technology grants that will help support the behind-the-scenes technology work that makes our conservation, research, and education efforts possible.

In celebration of the grand opening of a Microsoft at Pacific Centre on August 6, Microsoft is donating more than $1 million in technology grants to leading non-profits. In addition to the Vancouver Aquarium, grants have been provided to The Boys and Girls Club of South Central BC, Science World at Telus World of Science and Arts Umbrella.

“Technology is key to our success in research, conservation and education, and we are very grateful to receive this grant from Microsoft,” said John Nightingale, president and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium. “It will help us continue to connect with Canadians and people around the world in our mission of caring for aquatic life.”

Members of the public are invited to join in the opening day celebration at Pacific Centre with Microsoft on August 6. The first 500 customers in line will get a gift card with a surprise amount up to $1,000. Two lucky people will take home a $1,000 gift card, and more than 100 will win a gift card worth $100 or more. Learn more about the opening day event on their Facebook Page.

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