Technology giants Telus, Microsoft, and IBM are backing a $250M nationwide project that has been shortlisted for federal innovation funding, reports iPolitics. Based in Ottawa, the Smart Agri-Food Super Cluster is one of two industry-led agriculture innovation projects to be shortlisted for up to $950M in federal funding. The SASC cluster is backed by 17 universities and colleges, including Carleton University, Olds College, McGill University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary, along with groups like MacDonald’s, Cargill, General Mills, Ducks Unlimited, The National Research Council, and the City of Ottawa. iPolitics reports that the project is designed to spur economic growth through the enhanced use of agricultural data. It is estimated that the project will create up to 300,000 new jobs.