The Canadian Polar Commission launches iPhone App and Mobile Optimized Website

Ottawa, April 7 2014


The Canadian Polar Commission today officially launched an iPhone application and mobile optimized website that delivers easy, one-stop access to a wide variety of information from across the spectrum of polar knowledge, from Canada and around the world. Purple Forge, a leader in providing mobile applications for associations and government-backed institutions, developed the application for the Canadian Polar Commission.


The Canadian Polar Commission today announced the release of their iPhone application and mobile optimized website. The application was developed to actively engage and share information on polar research with researchers, policy makers and the public on the most popular mobile device platforms in the marketplace today. The Polar Knowledge App makes it easy to find polar knowledge experts by name, keyword, specialty, and location; locate polar research facilities and monitoring sites; learn about upcoming polar events; discover polar projects and programming; get information on communities located in the North; identify new funding sources; and read the Polar Blog, which features the work of Canadian polar researchers. The application also gives users quick access to important new publications like the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Council of Canadian Academies report on Aboriginal food security in the North.


The iPhone app was particularly developed to allow the Canadian Polar Commission to send push notifications to their audience with latest news and updates. Push notifications are the latest advancement in getting up-to-date information to their audience on-the-fly. 


“Polar research is implicitly mobile as the community supporting our research covers the globe,” said Dr. David Scott, the Executive Director of the Canadian Polar Commission. “It is a natural step for our organization to make this information readily available on the latest mobile devices, and makes it easy for us to share our successes as they are released.”


The Canadian Polar Commission’s mobile applications are developed and maintained by Purple Forge. Purple Forge is the world’s leading provider of mobile applications to associations and government funded organizations, and has deployed apps for organizations such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the OSI Clinic Network serving Canada’s veterans seeking help for mental health issues, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police for their field service guides.


"The Canadian Polar Commission is committed to providing up-to-date information on polar research both to Canadians and their international partners," said John Craig, VP Sales and Marketing of Purple Forge. "By adopting a mobile application as a key means of communicating with their audience, they are showcasing their commitment to innovation in co-operation and transparency in their research activities.”


About Purple Forge

Purple Forge ( sells subscription-based services to organizations looking to engage their stakeholders using the latest mobile application technology and leveraging community engagement and social networking best practices. Purple Forge is an award-winning firm led by seasoned mobile communications and Internet technology veterans. Their mobile applications allow organizations to broadcast, share, and receive feedback from their target audience real-time, allowing them to foster long-term, engaged relationships.


Contact: John Craig,


About the Canadian Polar Commission

The Canadian Polar Commission is Canada’s primary polar knowledge agency. A point of contact with the Canadian and international polar scientific communities, it works with Canadian and international institutions to determine scientific and other priorities. It also encourages and facilitates cooperation and collaboration in polar knowledge and provides advice to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.

Contact: David Scott,


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