Canadian Security Materials Technologies Roadmap initiative

The Canadian Security Materials Technologies Roadmap (SMTRM) initiative is an industry-led strategic planning process, designed to foster development of innovative products and systems to meet future market demands.

Working with Canadian industry across the value chain, from constituents to end product systems, the SMTRM aims to accelerate innovation, competitiveness and productivity in Canada's security materials technology sector. By identifying future market demands in Canada and internationally, and the critical technologies that will be required to meet those demands, the SMTRM will help align, plan and coordinate technology development opportunities for Canadian industry and target R&D investments.

Development of the SMTRM is led by a Steering Committee comprised of industry leaders, with support from government and academia. These members offer expertise in security materials research and technology development as applied to next-generation personal protective equipment and armoured vehicle products. Members were selected based upon the merit of their applications, submitted in response to an open process that was advertised in 2014 and 2015 on

About the SMTRM

The SMTRM is an initiative of the Security Materials Technologies (SMT) program. The SMT program will:

  • exploit NRC's unique world-class capabilities in nano and composite materials, and structures technologies;
  • integrate DRDC's exceptional strengths in armour systems development and validation;
  • support industry to develop, validate and market world-leading, cost-effective personal protection equipment and armoured vehicles and improve future innovation capacity; and
  • provide enhanced protection systems for the Canadian Armed Forces, first responders, police and security personnel.

The SMTRM builds on the Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap (SSTR) development experience, but they are distinct.

Security Materials Technologies Roadmap Soldier Systems Technology Roadmap
Led by Industry DND/DRDC/CADSI
Supported by NRC and DRDC Industry Canada
Focus/scope Security materials technologies and their application to personal protective equipment and vehicle armour Soldier systems
Participants Focused participation Broad participation (200-300 workshop participants)
Dissemination of results Public Public
Steering Committee
Name Organization Area of expertise
Nicolas Todd (co-chair) Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) Industry leadership
Andrew Johnston (co-chair) National Research Council Canada (Security Materials Technologies Program Leader) Security materials technologies
Alain Bujold Mawashi Protective Clothing Inc. Personal protective equipment
Steve Carkner Revision Military Inc. Personal protective equipment
Alberto Da Rocha Armatec Survivability Corporation Vehicle armour
Fabio DeWitt / Camil Giguere DEW Engineering and Development ULC Vehicle armour
Jean-Philippe Dionne Med-Eng Personal protective equipment
David Fraser / Alex Ozersky INKAS Vehicle armour
James Kempston Morgan Advanced Materials Composites and Defence Systems Personal protective equipment and vehicle armour
Dustin Pearson Lloyd’s Register, Applied Technology Group / Martec Personal protective equipment and vehicle armour
Jérôme Pollak Tekna Personal protective equipment and vehicle armour

Members include R&D organizations and manufacturers of:

  • high strength polymer fibres and fabrics
  • metallic foam and cellular materials
  • advanced ceramic raw materials and products
  • military vehicles, integrated armour systems and personal protective equipment

SMTRM workshops that engage stakeholders in security materials technology application areas (personal protective equipment and vehicle armour) are scheduled to be held in November 2015. Information presented and gathered from workshops will be synthesized into a series of R&D priorities. This will form the basis of a series of aligned project proposals, which collectively will contribute to an overall “map” of the technology development opportunity, to be complete by March 2016. Project implementation is expected to begin in summer 2016.