Innovation Snapshot
Innovator:Canada Pump and Power (CPP)
Location:Ardossan, Alberta

The World’s Only Autonomous Dredge

The award-winning Mighty Dredge by Canada Pump and Power (CPP) is the world’s only autonomous dredge. This pump and dredge technology is less expensive, more efficient and safer for people and the environment.

In 1979, founder and CEO Jeremy Leonard became the first commercial diver in Fort MacMurray. His passion for diving was matched by a need to find solutions to deal with toxic water body contamination and reclamation. Founded in 2010, Canada Pump and Power has grown to employ more than 100 employees.

How it Works

The Mighty Dredge works continuously with no recovery cycle — even in toxic environments — as an underwater robot fully controlled and remotely monitored by computer. This reduces operating costs up to 75 per cent, essentially eliminates human risk and greatly increases the potential for water remediation.

  • CPP tapped into Alberta Innovates’ Micro Voucher program to complete a patent assessment and filing for the Mighty Dredge.
  • Jeremy Leonard was recognized in 2017 and 2018 with a Top Ten in Canada Growth Award by the Chamber of Commerce, and as a Prairie finalist in the 2018 EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
  • Leveraging provincial and federal agencies to explore international markets, CPP has connected with clients and economic development people in Germany and Brazil.

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