IDEaS Marketplace

Bringing new solutions to light

Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Marketplace is the program's premier off-ramping event. Marketplace gives innovators the ability to showcase their technology to the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and directly interact with stakeholders to find meaningful connections across government and private industry after their IDEaS funding is complete.


IDEaS Marketplace 2023

At IDEaS Marketplace 2023, innovators funded through the program’s second and third call for proposals (CFP)(launched in 2019 and 2020, respectively), showcased solutions to representatives from the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), external government partners, and industry.

Academia-led research clusters who received funding through Innovation Networks shared the results of three-year research projects that focused on autonomous systems and advanced materials.

Finally, the COVID-19 CFP highlighted advances meant to aid in future pan-government pandemic response.

This event:

  • Raised awareness of the innovations created by successful participants of the IDEaS program;
  • Provided DND/CAF stakeholders with an opportunity to learn about newly developed technologies;
  • Promoted interactions between IDEaS innovators and potential end-users from across public and private sectors;
  • Offered an opportunity for research networks studying advanced materials and autonomous systems to present their leading-edge research and development;
  • Showcased technologies created as part of the broader Government of Canada COVID-19 pandemic response; and
  • Set the stage for additional networking opportunities within the IDEaS alumni community.

IDEaS Marketplace 2023 at a glance

IDEaS Marketplace 2023. Text version below.
Infographic – Text version
  • 72 booths
  • 64 solutions showcased
  • 450+ stakeholders
  • More than 570 attendees

Keynote and speakers

Our keynote address by Rear Admiral J.B. Zwick, Chief of Combat Systems Integration, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, DND/CAF, spoke to the three key areas where innovation can play a key role in helping achieve their objectives.

Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence Research and Development Canada, also spoke on the achievements of the program as it started its fifth year.

IDEaS Marketplace – Keynote: Rear-Admiral J.B. Zwick

Video IDEaS Marketplace – Keynote: Rear-Amiral J.B Zwick

Our keynote address by Rear-Amiral J.B. Zwick, Chief of Combat Systems Integration, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, DND/CAF, spoke to the three key areas where innovation can play a key role in helping achieve their objectives.

Full keynote address

IDEaS Marketplace – Opening: Jaspinder Komal

Video IDEaS Marketplace – Opening: Dr. Jaspinder Komal

Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence Research and Development Canada, also spoke on the achievements of the program as it started its fifth year.

Full speech

About IDEaS Marketplace

IDEaS Marketplace creates an opportunity for innovators funded through selected IDEaS calls for proposals to present their solutions to the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Innovators deliver dynamic presentations on their solutions, as well as being provided booth space for networking opportunities with military personnel and other potential end-users in the federal government and defence industry.

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