Design Pavilion

Design Pavilion

In addition to the latest design tools and technologies available, the Design Engineering Expo’s Design Pavilion will showcase projects created by some of Canada’s most creative engineers:

Colt Hockey

COLT Hockey, in partnership with Toronto’s Integran Technologies, will exhibit its Nanovate Nickel Cobalt-plated hockey stick that performs as well but lasts longer than composite hockey sticks.



Semaphore Research Cluster

Semaphore is a research cluster at the iSchool, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, dedicated to inclusive design in the area of mobile and pervasive computing.

Semaphore is led by Director Professor Matt Ratto (Faculty of Information) and Associate Directors Professor Sara Grimes (Faculty of Information) and Professor Rhonda McEwen (Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology). Semaphore is part of the Inclusive Design Institute, and funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Initiatives Fund and associated ORF-RE. The IDI effort is interdisciplinary and cross-institutional, involving researchers from eight collaborating partner institutions across several departments and fields.



University of Toronto Supermileage Team

The University of Toronto Supermileage team, who took second place at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2014 competition, will show off its aerodynamically efficient vehicle that traveled 1153km on 1 litre of gasoline.



VEX 2014 High School Robotics World Champions

Ontario is home to the 2014 VEX World Champions.  Currently known as Team 1104Z this amazing group of high school students won many prestigious awards over the course of the season at local tournaments as well as the Excellence Award, Robot Skills Award, and the Tournament Finalist at the provincial competition.  Winning the world title was the result of superior engineering design, innovation, build, robotic operation skills, and strategy.  Key design features of the winning robot included two pneumatic piston shooters and a drive transmission to winch for quick hang.


Canada’s FIRST Robotics Challenge Champion Robot

High school students from Team 4814 of Western Engineering’s FIRST robotics club (WE FIRST) will demonstrate their robot that won multiple awards at this year’s FIRST Robotics World Championship. For this year’s competition, the team was required to build a 120-lb. robot that shot Frisbees into goals and climbed an 8-foot pyramid. In total, the rookie team placed second in the Curie Division, won the Highest Rookie Seed Award and won the Rookie Inspiration Award!




AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter

At DEX 2013 in Mississauga, come hear Dr. Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson— aerospace engineers and design leaders of the Canadian human-powered helicopter, Atlas, that recently claimed the 33-year-old AHS Sikorsky Prize—talk about innovation, the design of the prize-winning helicopter and AeroVelo’s next “impossible” project.


University of Waterloo EcoCar 2

Check out the University of Waterloo’s entry in General Motors’ EcoCar 2 competition. The modified Chevy Malibu features a plug-in hybrid electric architecture that delivers 260 HP and an all-electric range of 60 km plus a 2.4L engine to provide power and extend vehicle range.


Grenetek Solar Tracking System

Ontario-based Grenetek will show off the company’s innovative dual-axis solar panel tracking system. Designed to handle small to large solar arrays, the stand-alone system’s unique load bearing mechanism allows it to operate with low power requirements supplied by the array itself. A spin-off University of Western Ontario, the company specializes in reliable and cost-effective technologies for renewable energy sector.

Bladetech Hockey Skates

Be sure not to miss Canadian engineer (and hockey player), Jeffrey Azzolin, and his spring-loaded Bladetech hockey skates at DEX 2013 (October 30), at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Azzolin’s innovative approach to the classic ice skate not only reduces the risk of stress-related injuries but helps skaters jump of the line and speed down the ice faster.



University of Toronto FSAE Formula Race Car

A formula-style race car—designed, built and raced by the University of Toronto’s FSAE Racing Team—will show off the engineering skills of the university’s undergrad-run club. The team is composed entirely of students who participate at an extracurricular level, strengthening their academic skills in engineering design, technology and business. Following the team’s design philosophy of simplicity and reliability, the 2013 UT race vehicle features a steel tube chassis, aluminum cast uprights, and a spool-mounted brake calliper, which help make it the most inexpensive and lightest the team has constructed in its 16 year history.


University of Ottawa Cold Spray Deposition Technology

As an example of a successful commercial/academic partnership, the University of Ottawa will display, at DEX 2013 in Mississauga, a Cold Spray deposition technique the university’s engineering department developed to improve heat exchangers made by Brayton Energy Canada. Using a wire mesh mask to deposit pyramidal fins on the surface of heat exchanger cells, the technology has the potential to increase the thermal efficiency of recuperators to 90-95 percent and thereby make regenerative gas turbine systems run 5 to 10 percent more efficiently than what is currently available on the market.


Queen’s University Lunar Rover

Queen’s University’s Space Engineering Team (QSET) will display their student-designed and built lunar rover, that will be entered in the University Rover Competition, sponsored by the International Mars Society. To place well in the contest, the rover is designed to mine soil samples, supply items to “astronauts”, diagnose and fix problems with a solar panel and traverse an obstacle course.