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Our History

QinetiQ was established in Canada in 2014 when the QinetiQ Group in the United Kingdom (UK) made a strategic decision to invest in developing a new Canadian subsidiary.

For many years QinetiQ provided support to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and, since 2014, that support has grown across the country, including the acquisition of QinetiQ Target Systems in Medicine Hat, Alberta. We’re now delivering significant benefits and savings to our customers, forming trusted and established partnerships with numerous Canadian Defence and Government organizations.

QinetiQ in the UK was formed in July 2001 when the Ministry of Defence (MOD) split its Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in two. The smaller portion of DERA was rebranded Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and remains part of the MOD. The larger part, including most of the non-nuclear testing and evaluation establishments, was renamed QinetiQ and became a public private partnership in 2002. In 2006, QinetiQ was successfully launched on the London Stock Exchange and now operates businesses in several countries around the world, including the UK, Australia, USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Canada.