Department of National Defence invests in innovative and efficient solutions for temporary military camps 

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February 16, 2022 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Department of National Defence announced today three contribution agreements with Canadian innovators to develop solutions to provide integrated energy, water and waste management systems for relocatable temporary camps (RTC) used by the Canadian Armed Forces.

The contribution agreements, each valued at $1.5 million for a total of $4.5 million, are being funded through the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The recipients are: 

  •  Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.’s Autonomous Resilient Community Systems (ARCS);
  • Innocorps Research Corporation’s Circular City; and
  • SNC-Lavalin Inc.’s Integrated Utility Management System.

These contribution agreements are the result of the IDEaS program Pop Up City contest call. All three winning teams have now moved on to the fourth round of the contest where they will develop a testable prototype of their integrated solution and compete for the final grand prize of $2 million.

More information on the Pop Up City contest is available on the IDEaS program website.

Quick facts

  • The Pop Up City Contest is a multi-phased contest for innovators to propose and develop reliable, energy efficient, integrated and scalable energy, water and waste management systems for RTCs deployed in national and international operations.

  •  Six teams were successful in Round 2, and advanced to the Round 3 pitch-style event on March 23, 2021. During this event, their proposals were evaluated by a panel of experts to determine their suitability for use by the Canadian Armed Forces in RTC. 

  • The IDEaS program engages Canadian innovators in solving defence and security challenges for DND/CAF.

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