Innovate or die. That phrase was absolutely everywhere during the dot-com era. While a startup company that delivers pet food by mail, for instance, is hardly an innovation that resonates, this phrase has proved one worth remembering for more established companies looking to stay relevant. Last year, Cambridge’s COM DEV, a Company whose roots in aersopace go all the way back to the 70′s, launched exactEarth. This technology can aid in search and rescue, can help optimize shipping routes and, (perhaps most apropos of all) allows better environmental investigation and monitoring. We sat down with COM DEV CEO John Keating for “5 Questions” from Cantech Letter readers.
10 Moments in Canadian Tech Stock History that Changed the World by Nick Waddell Is it inevitable? No. Is it probable? Yes. If you are a Canadian inventor, and your work is of the highest importance, it will probably be commercialized in the United States. One way or another, this is the fate of many [...]
Buoyed by Honeywell’s acquisition of Matrikon for $4.50 a share, the profiled companies of the Dollarton Cantech Letter managed to post a small gain since the last time we updated the index on March 26th. (September 26th, 2008-May 28th, 2010). Underlying Data 1. Intrinysc Software: Profile date: September 26, 2008. Price at profile date: $0.20. [...]
For decades, it seemed, we heard about advances in the auto industry without ever seeing the progress first hand. It’s been more than ten years since GM’s controversial EV1 electric cars were recalled and uncerimoniously crushed. Today, however, most of us have at least a neighbour with a Prius, and have heard of the “hydrogen highway”. What you may not know is that some public Canadian tech companies are playing pivotal roles in this sea change. From Westport Innovation’s (TSX:WPT) groundbreaking work with natural gas engines to Electrovaya’s (TSX:EFL) lithium-ion batteries, many Canadians already own a piece of this future.
Founded in 2003, Toronto based Bioexx Specialty Proteins is in the business of oilseed processing. The Company opened its first facility in Saskatoon in March 2009. Bioexx is currently focused on canola oilseed extraction, but plans to add rapeseed, soybean and flax. So what is oilseed extraction and why has it attracted so much attention? [...]
In 1937, a Quebec mechanic named Joseph-Armand Bombardier dreamed of dreamed of building a vehicle that could “float on snow.” A few years later schoolchildren in rural parts of that province were among the first people in the world to ride snowmobiles, which began as large, multi-passenger vehicles. By the time of Bombardier’s death in [...]
In this installment of our “Head to Head” series we compare two Canadian tech companies who are “greening” the way we drive. Westport Innovations (TSX:WPT) and Zenn Motor (TSXV:ZNN). About “Head to Head: In “Head to Head” we use basic value metrics to compare a large Canadian tech stock to a small one in a [...]
Welcome to the first installment of Cantech Letter On Site. In this regular feature we get illustrated, visiting the head offices or production facilities of a Canadian tech stock and getting you behind the scenes of one of their recent press releases. In our first installment we take you to the Burnaby, BC production facility [...]
Zongshen PEM Power Systems Inc. is a Toronto Stock Exchange listed (TSX: ZPP), China-based manufacturing company focused on the development and commercialization of environmentally friendly two and three wheel vehicles. The Company manufactures low-cost, high quality, environmentally friendly small gas motorbikes, electric motorcycles, electric bicycles and other e-vehicles in China for the Chinese domestic and [...]