JCAI Inc. takes flight in global airplane de-icing industry

News release

$5-million contribution to help Cambridge company scale up operations, accelerate growth and create 50 new skilled jobs

March 3, 2020 – Cambridge, Ontario

Founded in 2008 by a group of engineers and consultants, JCAI Inc.’s innovative technologies are now used by more than 150 airports and major airlines worldwide. JCAI Inc.’s first-in-world comprehensive suite of de-icing technology offers a single point of control that connects airport directional lighting and message boards to guide airplanes safely and efficiently through the de-icing process. The systems provide real-time data to operators and optimize the use of de-icing fluid, reducing waste and runoff, and contributing to greener operations.

Maximizing growth potential

With the goal of more than doubling the number of airports using its proprietary de-icing systems worldwide, JCAI Inc. is expanding its Cambridge facility, adopting new automated equipment, and boosting its in-house sales and tech support activities.

Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $5 million for JCAI Inc. to support its scale up activities.

Global growth, local impact

With Government of Canada support, the company will create 50 new high-quality jobs in the Cambridge area, growing its team from 32 to 82 employees. JCAI Inc. also expects to nearly triple its purchasing from suppliers in southern Ontario, strengthening the local supply chain. 


“We have the back of workers and companies like JCAI Inc. that strengthen their local economies and create good local jobs for Canadians. We are proud to support JCAI Inc. as it brings its innovations to more airports around the world and improves the efficiency and environmental impacts of the airplane de-icing sector.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

“This investment in JCAI Inc. will lead to job creation, the expanded reach of a Cambridge business, and support for safety systems at airports globally. Congratulations to JCAI Inc. on this investment, which will promote growth and innovation in Cambridge.”
– Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge 

“This commitment from the Government of Canada will leverage JCAI Inc.’s Canadian innovation and technology to an ownership position in advanced aviation technology platforms worldwide.”
– Jeff Campbell, Founder and President, JCAI Inc.

Quick facts

  • Established in 2008, JCAI Inc. has created two proprietary technology platform systems:

    • SmartPad®, a turnkey solution that incorporates the company’s entire suite of products to manage aircraft traffic. The system integrates several technologies and manages the overall operation of remote aircraft de-icing. The innovation scales to any size airport or operation from regional airports to major hubs.
    • Icelink®, an enterprise resource planning platform which manages all aircraft de-icing operations and captures all relevant operational performance data in real time for all stakeholders. 
  • JCAI Inc.’s technology is used by some of the busiest airports in the world including Heathrow, Schiphol, Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and parts of Chicago O'Hare, as well as by airlines, such as United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet, and British Airways. 

  • As a result of this project and the use of JCAI’s technology, greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by an estimated 2,500 metric tonnes for every 10,000 de-icing events, and nitrogen oxide emissions will be reduced by an estimated 2,500 kilograms for every 10,000 de-icing events.

  • FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution of $5 million will leverage more than $9.3 million in additional private sector and other investment.

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