The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the right edge of the stamp.
Canada has many reasons to be proud of its presence on the international stage and, among these, few are so well known as our achievements in the fields of high technology. Four high-tech sectors have been particularly important to our economy, and each of these will be the subject of domestic-rate (45¢) stamp release scheduled for 15 February, 1996. Darrell Corriveau, Glenda Rissman and Peter Scott of Q30 Design Inc collaborated on the design of High Technology Industries. The Toronto firm's previous experience includes the design of The Holocaust commemorative stamp and the award-winning International Dinosaur album published in 1993. Each stamp in the set is a blend of images that illustrate segments of a technology or industry. While each stamp is distinctive, the set is unified by a creative visual style that balances photographs with line drawing representing specific and technical elements. And because the progress of technology is so dependent on the input and creativity of industry, this series takes care to recognize the contribution of particular industries to the health of the economy and the life of country. With the longest aggregate ocean coastline in the world (not to mention some of the biggest lakes), it's not surprising that Canada is a leading nation in ocean technology. More than 400 Canadian companies have developed a wide range of high-tech marine products now at use on and under the water every corner of the globe. These include computerized navigation aids, underwater robots, remote sensing systems and digital mapping equipment. Aboard ships, Canadian-designed and built electronic navigation systems combine - on a single computer screen - digital maps and charts, tidal and ice information, water depth, radar images of objects in the vessel's path and exact geographical position derived from satellite links while alarms automatically alert crews of potential dangers such as other ships approaching. The stamp includes a three-dimensional representation of the floor of Halifax harbour superimposed on an electronic navigational display. The vessel is the "Louis R. Desmarais", a Great Lakes ship owned by Canada Steamship Lines. The 3D image represents a large sector within the industry that contributes to Canadian expertise in marine surveying and mapping. The electronic navigation display is part of an innovative system developed by Offshore Systems Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C.