I'd like to start by thanking the chair and the committee for this opportunity to speak.
My name is Chris Clarke. I'm with Mobile Detect Inc. and am the co-founder and president of the company.
Founded in 2004, Mobile Detect is a small Ontario-based company. We're an innovator in counterterrorism technology, specifically radiation detection security systems. Mobile Detect has worked with the Department of National Defence's research and development branch, DRDC, in making investments to develop and deploy novel radiation security systems in airports, with police forces, and in transit systems.
As my colleague spoke very broadly about the value of the trade commissioner service, I'm going to talk very specifically about my experience with it, so I think it will be a very different perspective.
Jan Vogtle at the trade commission was one of Mobile Detect's first contacts and used her network of contacts as a springboard to introduce and assist Mobile Detect through her colleagues in the United States and overseas. She, and later her successor, Shezara Ali, in Toronto have continued to provide ongoing assistance.
When Jan was a trade commissioner based in Toronto, she introduced Mobile Detect to Sean Barr, who was then trade commissioner in San Diego. Jan arranged for Sean to visit our radiation detection and security installation at the Ottawa International Airport in March of 2006. The visit was scheduled for an hour but ran for several hours, and this connection has played a critical role in the success of Mobile Detect. I could talk about other connections that have been made and other assistance from other trade commissioners, but I think this one really illustrates the power of the assistance we've received.
My business partner and Mobile Detect CEO, Dr. Robert McFadden, and I demonstrated to Sean our technology in operation at the airport. We explained our business plan and asked for Sean's help. We explained that Mobile Detect had been selected to participate at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration, CWID, sponsored by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, in June of 2006. Mobile Detect went on to be very successful at CWID 2006 and was named a top performer, Canada's only top performer at that demonstration.
But we have had our challenges. We were definitely the very smallest company at CWID. We were working beside companies like IBM and some of the huge defence contractors in the U.S.
It's worthwhile to take a few minutes to describe in concrete terms the linkages created by Sean Barr, traceable back to that initial meeting. Sean introduced Mobile Detect to a non-profit organization in San Diego called The Security Network, and arranged for the Mobile Detect CEO to speak at a San Diego security network conference while he was in San Diego for CWID.
At that conference, Sean introduced Robert to senior decision-makers at Cubic Corporation, a billion-dollar corporation based in San Diego. Sean and his successor, Sreemoyi Sanyal in San Diego, and consuls general Alain Dudoit, and later, David Fransen, helped Mobile Detect forge links with Cubic and helped Mobile Detect manage that relationship for years.
This relationship led Mobile Detect and Cubic to make joint proposals to California Homeland Defense and to Canada's CRTI program, organized by DRDC. Mobile Detect and Cubic were awarded funding to place this DRDC investment in L.A. transit systems in 2008. Unfortunately, the funding was later revoked due to California budget issues.
In 2007 a proposal to DRDC's CRTI for radiation and explosives detection system development for transit security in Canada was approved, leading to a contract in September of 2010. This new investment by DRDC is maturing a unique radiological and explosives security system, which will be trialled in Edmonton in March of 2012, to provide ongoing counterterrorism security to Canada and our allies.
With the assistance of the trade commissioner team in San Diego and Consul General David Fransen, an important business deal was reached between Mobile Detect and Cubic in February 2009, a five-year basic ordering agreement and licensing agreement. This agreement grants Cubic exclusive rights to Mobile Detect products in the transit sector around the world in exchange for financial compensation to Mobile Detect. We're really partners now.
Sean also introduced Mobile Detect to ProFinance of San Diego. ProFinance has been Mobile Detect's investment banker since 2007. This relationship with ProFinance has given Mobile Detect key opportunities to commercialize the investments made by DRDC and Mobile Detect.
What if the trade commissioner service had not provided the local San Diego market intelligence, market knowledge, and networking to us? We at Mobile Detect are well aware of what the answer would be. The cost and time to make similar contacts would have been high, if not prohibitive. The senior executives of large corporations would not have been accessible to a small Canadian innovator. Mobile Detect would not have been able to bring DRDC investments in Mobile Detect to the security market of California, the eighth largest economy in the world.
This natural synergy among DFAIT, DRDC, and Mobile Detect has resulted in moving the investments Canada has made in cutting-edge security technologies toward commercialization and availability, enhancing public security around the world
Mobile Detect is, in effect, a shared client of both DRDC and DFAIT, which have an equal interest in the successful commercialization of Mobile Detect's security technologies. I believe that it will be to Canada's economic and trade benefit, as well as to its security benefit, to strengthen and continue the working relationship between the trade commissioner service, DRDC, and innovators, including small companies like Mobile Detect.
Thank you very much.