FrontLine Innovation Platform 2020

Every year, FrontLine highlights a select group of organizations that make innovation a serious priority. From R&D to advanced technologies, these companies are making a difference for the future.

The list below is in alphabetical order by company. Click on the company names for more information on each of these Top Innovators.

Tactical Edge Network – a ground-breaking new solution for Defence and Public Safety organizations when establishing, managing and maintaining complex and possibly multinational communications networks. A single, intuitive user interface simplifies the end-to-end administration of sensitive communications networks. 

Beretta Defence Technologies / Stoeger Canada
By providing government and law enforcement agencies with a unique combination of services, weaponry and equipment, from enhanced tactical clothing to firearms, ammunition, optics and electro-optics, Beretta can match every operational need to cover a wide range of complex scenarios.

Collins Aerospace
To fill the need for intelligent and secure communications, simulation and much more, Collins Aerospace delivers connected solutions that ensure their military, government and civilian customers can successfully complete their most complex and critical missions.

D.S. Raider
Transporting soldiers or security personnel and equipment through rough terrains requires tactical solutions that can navigate in terrain previously only reached by foot. The Israeli-developed EZ Raider personal transportation system for security personnel and soldiers will soon have an autonomous version.

The Government of Canada is currently investing in infrastructure to provide defence scientists with modern (and green) facilities to continue cutting-edge defence research well into the future. The first to benefit is the Valcartier Research Centre, where construction began in October 2020.

Finabel – Army Innovation
This report examines the future of army innovation in Europe. Three trends have been identified as impacting army innovation the most: the increase in mobility; the shift from fossil to electric powered equipment; and adapting technology to the needs and constraints of soldiers on operations. 

IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries)
Unmanned aerial systems have become the go-to solution for sovereignty missions, monitoring the effects of climate change, patrolling borders and coastlines, and protecting troops in close combat – while flying longer missions, carrying heavier payloads, and reaching higher altitudes. 

Polar Knowledge Canada
With its main operations at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, Nunavut, it’s a key stop for marine traffic through the Northwest Passage – an increasingly accessible region that presents environmental, political and strategic opportunities.

Rheinmetall Canada
With the addition of new Canadian jobs in mind, this Canadian company recently expanded to take over production of the parent company's Mobile Start Units (MSUs). The change includes a transfer of technology and manufacturing capabilities from Germany to Canada.