Bubble Technology Industries of Chalk river wins federal government contract
Bubble Technology Industries (BTI) of Chalk River is showing again why it is such a success. The company’s latest innovation is a radiation-detecting speed bump (Radbump) that features a radiation detector concealed inside a speed bump to sense the presence of illicit radioactive materials. It has earned BTI a $294,588 contract with the federal government through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP).
“The innovation that is happening in Renfrew County, and specifically in the Chalk River area, due to our expertise in the field of handling nuclear materials is indicative of the future economic development potential in our area,” says Renfrew County Business Development Officer Craig Kelley. “The Ottawa Valley has a rich heritage in developing nuclear science for the rest of the world.
“Strengthening Canada’s economy is our number one priority, and this contract award is great news for the workers of Bubble Technology Industries Inc. and our region,” says Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant. “We’re putting our support behind their innovation, designed right here in Chalk River, and helping to kick-start their product into domestic and international markets.”
BTI is a technology firm which provides advanced commercial and defense solutions in the areas of radiation detection and explosives detection. Systems developed by BTI have flown on over ten space missions and the company’s technology has been used around the world by groups including the Canadian government, the U.S. Department of Energy, NATO, NASA, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Founded in 1988, the company has a highly-skilled staff of over 50 people with expertise in physics, chemistry, electronics, mechanical design and software development. The company is internationally recognized for its innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex radiation- related applications.
“Our company develops many innovative technologies and this program recognizes the importance of those developments,” says Lianne Ing, Vice President, Bubble Technology Industries Inc. “We are very pleased to receive the support of the Government of Canada through this initiative.”
Kelley is also looking to Renfrew County’s future. “Through the ongoing efforts and advancements at Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) we hope that many more complementary businesses will look at the benefits found in the Ottawa Valley if they are considering relocating or expanding their businesses.”