Government of Canada supports Quebec firm through Build in Canada Innovation Program
November 14, 2017 - Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec - Public Services and Procurement Canada
Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada.
Michel Picard, Member of Parliament for Montarville, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced the Government of Canada is investing in a new airflow monitoring technology that helps aircraft fly safely and with optimal fuel efficiency.
Marinvent Corporation of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, received a $1-million contract for its Airfoil Performance Monitor (APM). This technology measures the airflow over the wings and tail of an aircraft and assesses the impact of conditions, such as icing, on the performance of the aircraft. It is the only system that measures airflow in all phases of flight and in all weather conditions. This information, provided in real time, allows pilots to operate aircraft safely, while flying in the most fuel-efficient manner. The innovation is being tested by National Research Council Canada.
This investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and have their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small and medium-sized businesses across Canada.
Canadian innovators can submit their proposals on the Build in Canada Innovation Program website.
“Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the government is supporting small and medium enterprises like Marinvent Corporation by matching their innovative products with government needs. The program helps Canadian companies to move their state-of-the-art products from the lab to the marketplace.”
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“We can be proud to have local businesses with cutting-edge technologies such as Marinvent Corporation, which are leveraging the Build in Canada Innovation Program to create economic opportunities and quality jobs for the middle class here in Quebec.”
Member of Parliament for Montarville
“Our patented APM technology has the potential to save lives, improve mission effectiveness and reduce aircraft fuel used, all at the same time. It will drastically improve the safety of aircraft and unmanned vehicles that become affected by wing or tail icing. In order to demonstrate this, our system will undergo an independent evaluation by National Research Council Canada. The Build in Canada Innovation Program is without a doubt one of the Government of Canada's best-suited initiatives for helping innovative small and medium enterprises like Marinvent Corporation bring their leading-edge products to market.”
Dr. John Maris
President, Marinvent Corporation
This innovation is an airflow monitoring technology that accurately assesses, in real time, the stress on an airfoil (the shape of an airplane’s wing) at the airfoil surface itself.
The APM will provide pilots and aircrews with more time to make appropriate decisions and more information to make the best decisions, therefore increasing aircraft safety.
This innovation also allows pilots to maximize fuel efficiency.
More than 265 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program.
A total of 56 contracts have been awarded to Quebec companies, for a total value of more than $25 million.
More than $115 million has been awarded in contracts since the Build in Canada Innovation Program began in 2010.
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Public Services and Procurement Canada
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