Canada 150 - Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday with a look at Canadian innovation

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday

Canada is a nation of innovators. From the electric heater and insulin, to table top hockey and the snowblower, Canadians have always been inspired to create and innovate. We celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a look at how the Xerox Research of Canada has contributed to the innovation landscape of the north.

A history of innovation

1973
Federal Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Alistair Gillespie, recommends that all companies operating in Canada have a product creation presence. C. Peter McCollough, CEO of Xerox, and Jack Goldman, Head of Research, respond by creating the Xerox Research Centre of Canada.
1974
XRCC is founded (Initial members begin work in June).
1976
Laser Fingerprint Detection: XRCC scientists, in conjunction with OPP, discover and develop fingerprint detection methods, later to be adopted by the OPP, FBI, and police services around the world.
1977
XRCC begins to employ Industrial Research Fellows who are funded through Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
1979
First patent issued
1982
The first process is completed in the Pilot Plant: An intermediate for a photoreceptor pigment.
1985
Exchange Program between Xerox and Fuji is launched
1986
Development: Transparencies
1991
Women’s Council is created
1999
In recognition of XRCC’s 10th anniversary, The Chemical Society of Canada devotes an entire issue of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry to papers authored by XRCC scientists
2000
Development: Photopaper
Recipient, City of Mississauga Urban Design Awards – The Millennium Design Icon Award
2006
Development: Overcoat for post-print applications
Development: XRCC and PARC scientists invent ‘erasable paper’, prints whose images last only a day
2011
Recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Corporate Innovation Award for Emulsion Aggregation Toner Technology
1500th Patent
Paul Smith becomes VP
2012
Client Services is established to offer fee-for-service research, development, engineering, scale-up, and materials supply services.
Awarded the Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award for being an industry leader in environmental practice
2013
RIC Centre and XRCC announce partnership to provide research and support services
2014
Record number of patents in a single year (178)
Joint R&D sales and marketing agreement with Battelle Memorial Institute
Celebrated 40th Anniversary
Signed multi-year materials research agreement with Authentix, a leading provider of anti-counterfeiting, brand protection, and program integrity solutions
Signed agreement with GreenCentre Canada to provide process engineering, scale-up, pilot testing, and development support
2015
Announcement: Collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada to accelerate the commercialization of advanced materials research outcomes
Founding member of the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association. Paul Smith, VP and Centre Manager, elected as Chairman of the Board.

Strength in Leadership

"As we celebrate and reflect on Canada’s sesquicentennial, we must include the innovators whose contributions have helped to shape the character and success of this great land. We are proud to have been part of Canada’s innovation landscape for more than forty years and we look forward to the next 150 years."
– Dr. Paul F. Smith, Vice President and Centre Manager
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Canada 150 logo printed with XCM-nsPA1 Xerox Silver Nanoparticle Pneumatic Aerosol Jet® Ink

The logo is composed of a series of diamonds arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points – in total representing the 13 provinces and territories.
To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, we’ve printed the official Canada 150 logo in Xerox Silver Nanoparticle Ink. Developed at the Mississauga-based Xerox Research Centre of Canada, our proprietary silver ink has paved the way for low-cost, reliable, and quickly produced circuits that can be printed on virtually any surface, including plastic and fabric. These materials have important applications for ‘smart objects’, sensors, printed and wearable electronics, and the Internet of Everything.
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