01 February 2013

Thales Canada Opens D&S Site at Kingston Innovation Park

- Initially focus on Canadian Army’s Land Command Support System
- Site will also facilitate showcasing of Thales’ broader capabilities

Kingston – 30 January 2013 - Thales Canada announced the inauguration of its Defence and Security centre within Innovation Park at Queen’s University. The centre will initially focus on continuing work for the Canadian Army’s Land Command Support System (LCSS).

Thales Canada, Defence & Security is the prime contractor for the LCSS, providing long-term software design, development and support of the Army’s core command and control (C2) system. 

“The Innovation Park site will allow Thales to expand its support to educate; develop procedures, training packages, simulations and demos; and better plan user engagement activities at Canadian Army sites,” said Mark Halinaty, Vice President and General Manager Thales Canada, Defence and Security. “Expanding our presence and capabilities here, close to our customer at CFB Kingston, also allows us to build our relationships with Queen’s University and the Royal Military College through access to highly-qualified personnel and engagement in leading-edge research initiatives.” 

The site will also facilitate the showcasing of Thales’ broader capabilities, expertise and products that support the Army’s need for best-in-class Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions. (The ability to obtain, gather, process and distribute information effectively is key to gaining and maintaining operational superiority.) 

At the inauguration ceremony, Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University and Councillor Liz Schell, City of Kingston officially welcomed Thales. Since 2008, Innovation Park has become a hub of university-industry research collaboration and business development in Kingston and southeastern Ontario. 

Thales Canada is now engaged in a collaborative effort with Queen’s researchers to further improve command and control training by using disruptive new software architectures and human-machine-interface technologies. 

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