Lockheed Martin Canada opens Ottawa partnership and innovation centre
Will bring Canadian industry and academia together for critical research, development and technology advancement.
aerospace and defence
Lockheed Martin Canada
OTTAWA — Lockheed Martin Canada has opened an Ottawa-based innovative demonstration centre it hopes will support the growth of small Canadian businesses, advance research, support sustainability and enhance Canada’s capability for major exports in defence and technology sectors.
The IMPACT Centre is designed to bring Canadian industry and academia together for critical research, development and technology advancement.
At the heart of the IMPACT Centre is an initial core focus on naval systems and the competitive naval combat systems world market. Work showcased at the centre will aim to meet Canada’s needs for the Canadian surface combatant program and international opportunities.
The company will also look to harness leading technologies in sustainment, performance-based logistics, training and solar energy.
The centre’s first engagement with local educational institutions enlisted third and fourth year design students at Ottawa’s Algonquin College in a competition to come up with an inventive design concept for the space.
The teams presented their ideas to Lockheed Martin Canada in January. One team drew inspiration from Canada’s Arctic, pulling edgy design and lighting elements of ice, glaciers, and snow into their submission. Another concept incorporated vibrant artistic elements into the space, using earth’s elements and tying the theme to Lockheed Martin’s business areas.
The winning team pitched a theme around the ‘Eye of the Storm’. Jessica Drolet, Sarah Taylor and Brooke Zacharuk made up the winning team, each receiving a cash prize and an opportunity to see their work incorporated on a real, large-scale project. They used materials and lighting to establish a setting that portrays strength and control, tying Lockheed Martin Canada’s system integration capabilities across its naval portfolio to the “Eye of the Storm” theme.
The IMPACT Centre creates a unique business resource for domestic and international suppliers working alongside academia to expand and strengthen their product offering, encouraging Canadian companies to take advantage to prove and refine their product in a sophisticated synthetic environment as well as grow international strategies.
International companies will also be able to establish or enhance a Canadian footprint providing entry to the market and building a base for Canadian exports.