November 2013

ITC and electronics


Thales Canada Wins Five-Year, $20M R&D Contract With National Defence

Thales Canada announced today that it has been awarded a five-year, $20 million contract to lead innovative science and technology projects enhancing Canada’s public safety and national security. The work will be led by Thales Canada from the new Thales Research and Technology Canada Centre in Quebec City. Thales and a team of 18 technology partners will carry out the work for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), a division of National Defence.


ABB CANADA partners on bid for $2 billion Close Combat Vehicle Program

ABB is partnering with BAE System and Saab in a competitive bid for the Department of National Defence (DND) $2 billion Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) program. The Canadian Army requires high survival medium weight vehicles for future missions. The bid includes a total of 108 vehicles along with an option for the purchase of an additional 30 vehicles. A significant portion of the vehicle will be manufactured in Canada through the government's Indus¬trial Regional Bene¬fits (IRB) program. IRB policy requires business activity in the Canadian economy equal to 100 per cent of the contract value.


Opsens - Earns Opsens A Spot On The 2013 Profit 500 List

PROFIT Magazine released its 25th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies, ranking Opsens 71st. Published in the Summer issue of PROFIT Magazine and online at, the PROFIT 500 list ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.


4Degres: The Biggest, Most Secure Internet Data Centre Ever Built in Quebec City

Over the course of the next few weeks, construction will begin on the largest Internet data centre ever built in Quebec City. 4Degrés, which will be located in the Quebec Metro High Tech Park, is the only centre to benefit from a 14.2 megawatt power supply agreement for a single strategic block signed with Hydro-Québec, enabling it to attain the Tier III level of security. Martin Bouchard, founder of Copernic and co-founder of Coveo, is at the helm of this unique project, which guarantees the secure housing of computer servers in a colocation facility.


The New LeddarTM Sensor Evaluation Kit Awarded at Sensors Expo 2013

LeddarTech, creator of the unique and patented LeddarTM LED Detection and Ranging Technology, won big at this year’s Sensors Expo 2013. Held in Rosemont, IL, USA, on June 5 and 6, the expo presented LeddarTech with its “Best of Sensors Expo 2013 Innovation Award” for its new LeddarTM Sensor Evaluation Kit, which was launched on-site during the show.


New agent for Nyx Hemera Technologies in New Zealand and Australia

Mr. Pierre Longtin, President and Chief Executive OfficerNyx Hemera Technologies’, has appointed Betacom Limited to market its Tunnel Lighting Addressable Control System (TLACS) in New Zealand and Australia. Dedicated to lighting control in road tunnels, the TLACS is the most complete and technologically advanced solution on the market. Already installed in one of the longest tunnels in the world, the Kallang – Paya Lebar Expressway in Singapore, TLACS can be installed with any tunnel lighting luminaires (fluorescent, HPS, LED), and in any type and length of road tunnel.


Optosecurity receives major order for its Liquid Explosive Detection software upgrade

Optosecurity a leader in liquid detection technology announced today that it has received a first major purchase order for its OptoScreener software upgrade solution. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is moving forward with liquid detection in preparation for the upcoming partial liquid ban lift in Europe, in January 2014. This purchase order is significant for Optosecurity and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is planning for further orders in the next few months.


TeraXion and the National Research Council’s Canadian Photonic Fabrication Center announce a strategic partnership

TeraXion and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announce today a strategic partnership which will lead to the development and fabrication of TeraXion’s new modulator products family and covers its next-generation Indium Phosphide high-speed modulators for coherent transmission systems at 100 Gb/s and beyond. Work will take place at NRC’s Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre in Ottawa.


Gentec-EO has obtained its ISO 9001:2008certification

As of July 23rd, Gentec Electro-Optics is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The entire staff has put a lot of hard work to obtain this certification. The employees are all very proud of this accomplishment that was made possible through the dedication, rigor and team spirit characterizing the company.


Fujitsu and SYNTELL Team Up on a Joint Human Capital Management Solution for Quebec Government Ministries and Agencies

Fujitsu, a leading provider of information and communications technology (ICT) business solutions, and SYNTELL, a provider of business intelligence solutions, today announced an agreement under which Fujitsu will offer integration services for SYNTELL's HUMAN CAPITAL solution for the human resources applications of Quebec government ministries and agencies.


Gentec-EO calorimeters equip BELLA petawatt laser

Gentec-EO custom calorimeters were chosen to measure the high energies of the BELLA petawatt laser due to their high damage thresholds, high sensitivity, and outstanding signal-to-noise ratios. In July of 2012, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL; Berkeley, CA) acquired the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA), developed and constructed by the French laser manufacturer Thales, which holds the world record for instant peak power.


Release of game trailer for - Assassin's Creed IV Freedom Cry

The first trailer for the game Assassin's Creed IV Freedom Cry is finally out! Produced entirely in Quebec, it is now available on line and will be accessible via live stream from theAssassin's Creed IV Black Flag game in stores starting October 29. The Assassin's Creed IV Freedom Cry trailer was created with the collaboration of partners in Quebec City:Sunny Side Up Creative did the conception and production work, while Squeeze Studio Animation created the 3D scenes and participated in the conception. SAGA produced the live action scenes, and Studio Elément took care of post-production.


TeraXion and Esterline CMC Electronics Team Up to Develop High-Performance Fiber-Optic Transceivers for Avionics and Telecom Applications

TeraXion, a leader in the development and manufacturing of optical components designed for very-high-speed networks, and Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), a leader in the design and manufacturing of avionics systems, are partnering to design next-generation transceivers. Through this partnership, CMC will benefit from TeraXion's expertise in designing high-speed, high-volume components for fiber-optic telecommunications. In turn, TeraXion will benefit from CMC's expertise in the design of high-reliability avionics components, to better meet the ever-increasing reliability requirements of civil optical communications systems.


ABB helps to monitor and understand planet Earth

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has reached an important milestone with its Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) mission on-board of the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) SCISAT satellite. Successfully launched on August 12, 2003 by NASA, the satellite is far out-performing its original mandate, and provides excellent data related not only to ozone depletion, but also to climate change and air quality.


AMETEK Acquires Creaform

AMETEK announced that it has acquired Creaform, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative portable 3D measurement technologies and a provider of 3D engineering services for approximately $120 million.  Based near Québec City, Canada, the privately held company has annual sales of approximately $52 million.


TSA to Evaluate Optosecurity Solutions for Checkpoint Screening and Management

In its continuing effort to identify, evaluate, and implement risk-based security solutions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded a contract to Optosecurity Corporation under the Transportation Security Innovative Concepts Broad Agency Announcement.  Under this contract, Optosecurity will provide TSA with OptoScreener and eVelocity, advanced detection and screening management software and hardware to be installed and tested in various TSA evaluation locations.  


Opsens ranks in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50(TM) Program

Opsens is named as one ofCanada's fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ awards for technological innovation, entrepreneurship, rapid growth and leadership, based on the percentage of revenue growth over five years.


Nyx Hemera Technologies wins Technology Green 15 award 2013

Nyx Hemera Technologies is a named winner of the prestigious Deloitte Technology Green 15TM Award for developing technology solutions and intellectual property that promotes efficient use of the earth's resources. The Deloitte Technology Green 15 Award recognizes winners that create technology solutions that reduce environmental impacts while improving operational performance and productivity.