14 November 2012

Thales inaugurates Research and Technology Canada centre in Quebec City

- Fifth in the world and first in North America 
The centre will bolster the region’s innovation network

13 November 2012 - Thales Canada announced that its R&D facility in Parc du Technologique is now an official Thales Research and Technology (TRT) centre – the fifth in the world and first in North America. The inauguration of the new facility will strengthen Thales Canada’s role beyond development to research, maintaining a leading position with the creation and transfer of technologies

Thales has grown its research business in Quebec City over the past decade to become the major defence and security technology company in this region and this success and the richness of the Quebec City R&D community is being recognized by Thales Group with the creation of Thales Research and Technology Canada,” said Paul Kahn, President and CEO, Thales Canada.” 

Thales Research and Technology Canada will focus its efforts on research for cyber security; information fusion with smart networks and sensors; intelligence; cognitive engineering; social network analysis; algorithms optimization; mobile platform; modeling and simulation. 

The centre will bolster the region’s innovation network. It will contribute to the province of Quebec’s knowledge base, and to the training of highly educated people. It will attract the collaboration of academia to industry-driven projects, and will provide co-op projects to undergraduate students. There will be a strong push to increasing research partnerships and work in established research consortia or networks like CRIAQ, PROMPT, and GARDN. 

“While sharing knowledge with the global TRT network, academia, governments at all levels, and commercial infrastructures will also benefit from our leading-edge, home grown research and technology achievements,” Mr. Kahn stated. 

Collaboration will extend to industry as well, whereby all parties will benefit from the created added value in leading edge technologies and processes, accentuating customers’ competitiveness particularly in addressing export markets which in turn benefits Quebec. 

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. 

Thales Canada has 1,300 employees in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Vancouver working in Defence & Security, Aerospace and Transportation. Sales across Thales operations in Canada exceeded $500 million (CAD) for 2011 to a range of customers including urban rail service providers, civil aviation companies, and military and security agencies. 

Source: Thales Group