– About NORSTRAT Consulting


In 1885 the people depicted here completed a bold and challenging federal infrastructure project that joined the young country of Canada from East to West.

Now the time has come to join our country from South to North.

This time the solution will not be a railroad, but a comprehensive suite of infrastructure projects essential to the development and protection of the North.

The mission of NORSTRAT Consulting is to put our clients into the next picture.


The Northern Strategy is extremely diverse and multi-disciplinary.

Every assignment is different and tailored to your own needs.

NORSTRAT Consulting teams with other professional subject matter experts and leading companies to meet your unique needs.



Petrie Telecommunications Inc.


Laurie Wier, Ice Analyst with Environment Canada's, Canadian Ice Service looks over a Modis (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro Radiometre) Image in Ottawa Friday, December 29, 2006 showing the Ayles Ice Shelf collapse in the early afternoon of Aug. 13, 2005. Within days, the floating ice shelf had drifted a few kilometres offshore. It travelled west for 50 kilometres until it finally froze into the sea ice in the early winter. (CP PHOTO/Fred Chartrand)

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Member of 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition
  • Author of papers on Canada’s North, Northern Strategy
  • Conference Papers and Presentations
  • Extensive Northern travel and contacts

Northern System Development Experience

  • BAPS Iceberg Tracking System
  • IDIAS Sea Ice Mapping System
  • MCOIN III Recognized Maritime Picture
  • Radarsat II Arctic Surveillance
  • AIS-Space Arctic Marine Surveillance and Tracking
  • Radarsat Constellation Mission

Business Development Experience

  • Over $200M in Federal Government wins
  • Campaign Strategies
  • Bid and Proposal Management

Project Definition Experience

  • The Arctic Sub-surface Surveillance System (ARCSSS)
  • Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel (MCDV)
  • Joint Support Ship (JSS)
  • Halifax Class Modernization / FELEX
  • Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship
  • PolarSat Mission
  • AIS-Constellation Mission

Major Capital Project Experience

  • Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel
  • Radarsat II
  • Radarsat Constellation Mission


NORSTRAT Consulting offers expert advice and support custom designed around Client needs.

  • Provide strategic advice on your Northern Strategy campaign plan
  • Provide subject matter expertise
  • Answer the key question of how you can build on the Northern Strategy
  • Provide Project Definition support
  • Memoranda to Cabinet
  • Operational requirements definition
  • Procurement strategy definition
  • Provide capture and bid management support

Mr. Carson has captured over $200M in related government of Canada contracts.  Let that experience work for you.

  • Provide Strategic Business Development process training
  • Provide Project Management support
  • Strategic Project Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Change Management


NORSTRAT Consulting Inc. serves government and industry clients with a responsibility or a goal to build an element of Canada’s Northern Strategy.

NORSTRAT Consulting Inc. is proud to be of service to the following clients:


  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace & Defence Industry Association of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Aker Solutions
  • AlphaSights
  • Astrium SAS
  • Babcock (via H+K)
  • Calian (via H+K)
  • Canadian Light Source (via H+K)
  • Cassidian
  • Deloitte
  • General Dynamics Canada
  • Hill+Knowlton Canada
  • Kraken Sonar Systems
  • L-3 MariPro
  • L-3 MAS (via H+K)
  • L-3 Ocean Systems
  • MacDonald Dettwiler
  • Northrop Grumman (via H+K)
  • Northwestel (via H+K)
  • Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Raytheon Canada Support Services
  • Saab Technologies Canada (via H+K)
  • SK Films (via H+K)
  • Ultra Electronics Marine Systems


  • Aerospace Review
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Space Agency (via Deloitte)


April 2017
NORSTRAT delivers engineering study to Canadian Coast Guard enabling improved shipping safety on Canada’s Northwest coast.

February 2017
NORSTRAT speaks at CONVERGX Calgary on the topic of emerging Northern infrastructure opportunities.

January 2017
NORSTRAT conducts a marine radar coverage survey of Douglas Channel

October 2016
NORSTRAT attends Ocean Innovation conference, Iqaluit

May 2016
NORSTRAT meets with Canadian Coast Guard MCTS staff, Iqaluit

April 2016
NORSTRAT delivers report on Arctic shipping technology roadmap to Government of Germany, Bonn

December 2015
NORSTRAT presents on the topic of future Arctic shipping at Vanguard Shipping Forum, Ottawa

November 2015
NORSTRAT presents at Arctic Shipping Forum, St. John’s

October 2015
NORSTRAT presents at Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety Conference, St. John’s

September 2015
NORSTRAT engaged to adapt military surveillance systems to solve offshore oil and gas challenges in ice infested waters

April 2015
NORSTRAT attends Offshore Oil and Gas conference, St. John’s

March 2015
NORSTRAT awarded Victoria Strait Medal for contributions to successful 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition that found Frankling’s ship HMS Erebus

February 2015
NORSTRAT attends Nunavut at 15 Conference, Ottawa

January 2015
NORSTRAT attends Northern Exposure conference

October 2014
NORSTRAT organizes and presents at Maritime and Arctic Security and Safety Conference, St. John’s

September 2014
NORSTRAT attends Oceans 2014 Conference, St. John’s

September 2014
NORSTRAT takes part in Victoria Strait Expedition to seek and find the missing Franklin ships in Canada’s Northwest Passage.

April 2014
NORSTRAT engaged (though HK Strategies) by Babcock to conduct a market size evaluation of Canadian northern RF communications opportunies.

January 2014
NORSTRAT selected by Canadian Coast Guard to conduct a study of precision navigation options for a future Arctic Marine Corridor

October 2013
NORSTRAT selected by Canadian Coast Guard to conduct a study of radar and surveillance systems for a future Arctic Maritime Corridor.

October 2013
NORSTRAT engaged by Kraken Sonar Systems to pursue Arctic opportunities.

June 2013
NORSTRAT engaged by ADIANL to help coordinate a major conference on Maritime and Arctic Security: MAS2013
“The Challenge | The Technologies | The People”

March 2013
Vanguard news article The Perilous Route to Nanisivik

Nov 30, 2012
NORSTRAT presents at the ADIANL Maritime and Arctic Security Workshop MAS2012 in St. John’s NL.

September 2012
NORSTRAT attends DEFSEC in Halifax

July 2012
NORSTRAT engaged by Industry Canada to contribute to the Aerospace Review. See Canada’s Space Sector: The Essential Enabler of Canada’s Northern Strategy

June 6, 2012
NORSTRAT invited to speak at GDC Edge Innovation Centre – Arctic Sovereignty Leadership Discussion

June 1, 2012
NORSTRAT attends the Naval Association of Canada conference in Ottawa on behalf of client

May 30-31, 2012
NORSTRAT attends CANSEC in Ottawa along with clients

April 23-25, 2012
NORSTRAT attends international Polar Year conference in Montreal with clients

April 3, 2012
NORSTRAT presents Canada’s Northern Strategy opportunities to Finnish marine and Artic industry in Turku, Finland

February 2012
Vanguard News Article: What’s Next for Canada’s Northern Strategy?

Febuary 1-3, 2012
NORSTRAT attends Northern Lights 2012 conference in Ottawa with clients

Febuary 2012
See article by Lee Carson in Vanguard Magazine: What’s Next for Canada’s Northern Strategy?

January 2012
Canadian Government Executive Article: Northern Light

Finding Franklin: Victoria Strait Expedition

In the summer of 2014, the President of NORSTRAT Consulting had the privilege of sailing the North West Passage for a second time, this time as a mission crew-member on the Victoria Strait Expedition searching for Franklin’s ships.

Despite several challenges, including persistent sea ice, uncharted waters, and the bringing together the different goals and constraints of Government, industry and academic team members, we were successful in discovering the HMS Erebus.

“The reason the voyage was so special for me was that it brought into focus 30 years of Arctic systems engineering experience. It’s one thing to design and build sea ice mapping systems, route survey systems, maritime domain awareness systems. It’s quite another to try and make those systems work for you on a challenging mission in the waters of the Northwest Passage.”

– Lee Carson

Seabed Search Operations
Industry - Government Collaboration
Northwest Passage Marine Operations
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