Happy 150th Canada: The Companies

-June 30, 2017

To celebrate the Canadian tech scene leading up to the sesquicentennial, we've already looked at engineers, technologies, projects, and institutions. In our last blog, allow me to present a totally subjective list of companies, past and present, that are worth knowing about. Apologies to the thousands I’ve overlooked.

Smart Tweezers (source: Advance Devices)

Advance Devices: Smart Tweezers, professional handheld component measuring devices.



AlazarTech: High speed digitizer cards and systems.

ATI: One of the prime manufacturers of computer video cards & GPUs, founded in 1985. Products have included EGA & VGA Wonder, the Mach series, and Radeon cards. ATI was acquired by AMD in 2006.

ATI VGA Wonder (source: By Appaloosa - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

Blackberry phones (source: By Kt38138 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link)

Blackberry (née RIM (Research in Motion)): Though RIM’s glory days are over (for now), the impact of their success cannot be underestimated, furthering the significance of the Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario) technology hub, as well as enabling founder Mike Lazaridis’ philanthropic activities.

Bombardier planes (source: Bombardier)

Bombardier: Major transportation manufacturer; developed the snowmobile in the 1930s, Ski-Doo, & Sea-Doo. Makes trains and aircraft.



Bricklin: An unfortunately failed sports car company from the mid-1970s. This author would still love to own one.

Bricklin SV-1 (source: By Thomas doerfer - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

Canadian Marconi: Now CMC Electronics, the company dates back to 1903 and Guglielmo Marconi himself.


Christie Digital: Innovative video wall, video projection, and imaging systems. Located in the former Electrohome building (see below).


Robotic vehicle (source: Clearpath)

Clearpath Robotics: Robotic vehicles and development platforms.





Monitoring system (source: CloudDX)

CloudDX: Medical monitoring equipment, finalist in Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition – winner of the “Bold Epic Innovator” award.




COM DEV: Best known for satellite components and systems.

DHC-5 Buffalo (source: Ahunt, Wikipedia)

de Havilland Canada: Storied aircraft manufacturer. You've quite possibly flown on their Dash-7 or Dash-8 STOL aircraft.

(Teledyne) DALSA: Industrial cameras, CMOS & CCD image sensors, including some which have flown on interplanetary missions, MEMS foundry.

  (source: Diamond)

Diamond Aircraft: Small to midsize private planes.


Quantum computers (source: D-Wave)


D-Wave: First commercially available quantum computer.



Hyperion computer (source: By Boardhead - A photo of my own Hyperion, scanned to digital, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)
Dynalogic: Best known today for the Hyperion, a sleek, early PC-compatible luggable.




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