State-of-the-Art Cold Weather Testing Centre Officially Opens in Thompson, Manitoba

EnviroTREC is a year-round research facility specializing in supporting engine icing certification and research.


Recognized globally for research and innovation, National Research Council Canada (NRC) is a leader in the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology. As home to Canada's national aerospace laboratory, NRC undertakes and promotes research and development in support of the Canadian aerospace community, in matters affecting the design, manufacture, performance, use and safety of aerospace vehicles.

The role of Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (ETT) is to facilitate sustainable economic growth by supporting workforce skills development and strengthening the performance and competitiveness of industry in order to enhance the quality of life for all Manitobans.

The Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) facility and not-for-profit Environmental Test, Research, and Education Center (EnviroTREC) were announced in Thompson, Manitoba on April 16, 2009.

The facility is a year-round engine testing and certification facility specializing in engine icing. Rolls-Royce is planning to start using the facility for certification program of its new Trent XWB engine, developed to power the Airbus A350 aircraft family and Pratt & Whitney will test the new Geared Turbofan - PurePower engine. The facility will also be used for a variety of performance, endurance and specialty testing on a year-round basis outside of the icing season.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested in this, the largest, most advanced cold weather testing and research facility in the world, to strengthen western Canadian competitiveness, research and technology development.

In recognition of its world-class reputation in gas turbine engine research, the National Research Council Canada (NRC) has developed and delivered the engine icing equipment and controls for the GLACIER facility and has committed to providing ongoing icing technology support and research and technology development to ensure that this market-leading facility remains at the forefront of technology. GLACIER also provides NRC with an opportunity to expand its knowledge of the effects of ice crystal ingestion on the operation of large aircraft engines.

EnviroTREC (formerly CanETREC-Canadian Environmental Test Research and Education Center) is a not-for-profit research consortium of industry, NRC and Academia with the aim of stimulating collaborative research in specific areas of gas turbine technologies and attracting and developing highly qualified professionals with Canada.

Through strategic partnerships with industry, universities, colleges and post-secondary schools, EnviroTREC is intended to attract top international students and researchers while creating a skilled workforce in northern Manitoba. This leading edge technology and research will give the Canadian aerospace industry the capability to work on the next generation of aircraft and position them at the forefront of future technology developments.

The Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy is an important element of the Government of Canada's overall procurement process for major defence and security purchases. The IRB Policy enables the Government of Canada to leverage major investments in military equipment to encourage long-term industrial development and significant economic activity here in Canada.

The IRB Policy requires prime contractors to work with Canadian firms or make investments in the high-tech sectors of the Canadian economy, in an amount usually equal to the value of the defence contract they've won.

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