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Bennett Jones backs effort to raise Avro Arrow models from lake

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:54 AM | By Paula Kulig

Bennett Jones LLP is the pro bono counsel to the Raising the Avro Arrow project, whose goal is the search and recovery of nine Avro Arrow free-flight models launched over Lake Ontario in a series of tests from 1954-57.

Sander Grieve

Sander Grieve, Bennett Jones LLP

The models, which have rested somewhere on the bottom of Lake Ontario for more than 60 years, are the only known artifacts from the Avro Arrow program that have yet to be found.

The project is spearheaded by OEX Recovery Group Inc., and sponsored by Osisko group companies Osisko Mining Inc. and Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd.

Sander Grieve, a partner at the firm who is head of mining and co-head of corporate, is leading Bennett Jones’ pro bono efforts on the project.

“Osisko has been a state-of-the-art finder of concealed objects,” Grieve said in a news release. “In their case, it’s been gold deposits that are located underground. Now they're going to turn what they’ve learned from how to run a systematic search for gold into a search for iconic, historic artifacts."

The free-flight models will ultimately be housed at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton, Ont.

Kraken Sonar Inc. of St. John’s will deploy its ThunderFish® Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and AquaPix® Synthetic Aperture Sonar system in Lake Ontario to search for the scale models of the Avro Arrow. Kraken engineers participated in the September 2014 discovery of HMS Erebus in the hunt for Sir John Franklin’s lost ships.