Canadian Engineering & Innovation In Focus
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Canada has been at the forefront of technology, engineering and innovation. Whether it is creating new inventions out of geographical necessity like the snowmobile (by Joseph-Armand Bombardier), the snow blower (by Arthur Sicard) and walkie-talkies (by Donald Hings and Alfred Gross), there have also been monumental Canadian inventions that have changed the world.
There’s sonar, the prosthetic arm, the cardiac pacemaker, the AM Radio, the electron microscope, the alkaline battery and wireless innovations like the pager and the BlackBerry which many might argue, is actually the genesis of the smartphone and mobile market we all enjoy today.
In terms of entertainment, Canada can be credited for creating the immersive and engaging IMAX theatre experience which is enjoyed around the world.
Canadian engineering is closely intertwined with our culture. Canada invented Ice Hockey (and Lacrosse) and also innovated the equipment that’s required to keep players safe. For example, we have created helmets that wouldn’t obstruct vision or hearing while maintaining optimal protection.
Bridging this big country are engineering feats like the Trans-Canada Highway between Victoria, British Columbia and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the world's longest national highway with a length of 8030 km. That’s over 87,527 football fields, Thanks to the brilliant minds of engineers, the road truly connects Canada and allows visitors to see fascinating Canadian landmarks along the way.
The St. Lawrence Seaway is another engineering phenomenon. Canadian engineers created a complex series of locks, canals, and waterways, providing a link between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
Canadian engineers truly had their work cut out for them while creating the Transcontinental Railway. The railway’s route linking east and west had its challenges, including going across the Canadian Shield, frequent avalanche zones, three mountain ranges and heavily forested areas. Through well planned construction and the creation of two tunnels – the railway is a great Canadian landmark and a fantastic engineering achievement.
The world-famous CN Tower, remains the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, the signature icon of Toronto's skyline and a famous symbol of Canada. At 553 meters high, the CN Tower attracts over 2 million visitors yearly.
Engineers constructed the famous Rideau Canal for military purposes, which played an important role in allowing British forces to defend the colony of Canada against the United States of America. It is described as a work of a human creative genius and is the oldest continuously operated canal system in the North American continent.
The design and construction of the Confederation Bridge, which stretches from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, is one of the engineering’s greatest achievements of the 20th century. At 12.9 kilometres, it's the longest bridge in the world to cross ice-covered water.
One of the most significant advances in aerospace engineering, the Canadarm, measures 15.2 metres in length, and weighs 410 kilograms! One of the Canadarm's most impressive engineering achievements is its ability to capture a free-flying payload in a zero gravity environment.
So, from the fields of medicine, sports, telecommunications and mobile a well as massive engineering and aerospace industries have long enjoyed the range and variety of Canadian engineering and innovation