Canada: Celebrating a Strong Legacy of Innovation

Canada has long been a pioneer and achiever in science, technology and innovation. From the birch bark canoe to the BlackBerry smartphone, Canada is a nation built on innovation. Canada’s ST&I accomplishments have contributed to global progress in numerous ways. The following are examples of Canada’s many innovation and scientific breakthroughs:

Stephen Mihailov aligns an optical system for writing fiber Bragg gratings
Stephen Mihailov, National Research Council of Canada (NRC), aligns an optical system for writing fiber Bragg gratings used in sensors that operate in extreme conditions. Credit: NRC.

1800’s

  • 1853 – Steam powered foghorn
  • 1862 – Green currency
  • 1879 – Time zones
  • 1882 – Baggage tag, Electric oven
  • 1883 – Overhead power connection for electric streetcars
  • 1890 – Electric car heater

1900’s

  • 1906 – Amplitude Modulation
  • 1907 – Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • 1915 – Gas mask
  • 1920 – Insulin
  • 1927 – Snow blower
  • 1930 – Pablum
  • 1937 – Snowmobile
  • 1940 – Paint roller
  • 1942 – Walkie Talkie
  • 1947 – First wheelchair accessible bus
  • 1949 – The pager
  • 1950 – Cardiac pacemaker; Garbage bag (polyethylene)
  • 1952 – Electric wheelchair
  • 1954 – Alkaline battery
  • 1955 – Sports Instant replay
  • 1960s – Atomic clock
  • 1968 – IMAX Movie System
  • 1970 – Canola
  • 1970s – Key Frame Animation; Prosthetic hand
  • 1981 – Canadarm (aerospace)
  • 1994 – Java programming language
  • 1999 – Blackberry smartphone

2000’s

  • 2004 – Shopify
  • 2007 – First Quantum computer
  • 2008 – Hootsuite; Zenn (two-seat battery electric car)

Canadian Innovation Today

  • 2012 – Synaptive Medical Inc.; Nanoleaf
  • 2013 – Figure 1 (global medical application); Hollow Flashlight
  • 2014 – Body-heat powered headlamp; League
  • 2015 – eDrink MUG; PopRX; Hopper

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