Director: Alexis Amini
As the civilian world overtakes the traditional defence industry in the pace of technological advancement, governments are resorting to open innovation by procuring dual-use solutions from non-traditional defence suppliers such as academia and the commercial sector including SMEs, startups and Big Tech.
In an increasingly open innovation world where good ideas can come from anywhere, NATO recognizes the need to establish an Alliance-wide innovation ecosystem. In that regard, Canada can become a critical node thanks to its leading tech industry including AI, robotics, medtech and quantum computing.
With support from NATO Allied Command Transformation Innovation Hub, the NATO Association of Canada created the Trans-Atlantic Innovation Centre (TIC) which will act as a B2G central portal connecting non-traditional suppliers from across the Alliance (commercial sector and academia) with various NATO member and partner governments.
To this effect, the TIC features a platform to promote collaboration between government, the commercial industry and academia with the goal of bringing together for the first time the defence policy community, academic teams and the startup/scaleup eco-system to adapt civilian technologies for military and security needs.
In addition to fostering technological innovation, the TIC also acts as a policy think tank providing a meeting ground for government, academia, industry and civil society to discuss the strategic, operational, legal and ethical considerations of future technologies.