CTA was founded in December 2006. At that time, Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) and the Université de Sherbrooke had been considering pooling their resources and expertise for some time to meet the needs of applied research on specialized vehicles.
The federal government, through Canada Economic Development (CED), and the provincial government, through the Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et Exportations (MEIE), added their respective contributions to the investments made by BRP and the Université de Sherbrooke to turn this project into a reality.
DECEMBER - Quebec Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Jean-Pierre Blackburn (Minister of Labour and Minister of Economic Development Canada), Monique Gagnon-Tremblay (provincial Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region), Raymond Bachand (provincial Minister of Economic Development, Innovation, and Export Trade), and Jean Perreault (Mayor of Sherbrooke) announce the creation of CTA with José Boisjoli, BRP President and Chief Executive Officer, and Bruno-Marie Béchard, President of the Université de Sherbrooke.
FEBRUARY - CTA operations get underway in temporary facilities in Sherbrooke.
FEBRUARY - CTA moves into its new facilities in the Université de Sherbrooke Innovation Park.
JUNE - CTA's new facilities are officially inaugurated.
DECEMBER - The global economic crisis forces the CTA to review its business model. The Centre uses the opportunity to take on business from other industrial customers, in addition to BRP and the Université de Sherbrooke.
FEBRUARY - Production starts on the first technology designed for BRP—LFI technology—which reduces the production time for personal watercraft hulls from 4 hours to 6 minutes.
JUNE - Production starts on the SE5 semi-automatic transmission for the Can-Am Spyder roadster designed by CTA.
DECEMBER - A $11.3 million project is announced to develop a hybrid Can-Am Spyder roadster for BRP with the financial support of the Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) over 4 years.
APRIL - Contracts totaling $5.6 million are announced to develop new generations of lunar and Mars exploration vehicles for the Canadian Space Agency and Macdonald, Dettwiler & Associates.
Production starts on an electric version of the Can-Am Commander, a specialized electric side-by-side vehicle developed at CTA. This announcement once again confirms CTA's role as a strategic developer of specialized vehicles and novel technologies for BRP and industrial customers.
Delivery of SL Commander rovers to the Candian Space Agancy.
Delivery of MESR (Mars Exploration Science Rover) to the Canadian Space Agency.
Delivery of two LELR (Lunar Exploration Light Rover) vehicles to the Canadian Space Agency.
Production of the Sea-Doo SAR (Search And Rescue), developed by the CTA, begins.
Production of the off-road Law Enforcement Vehicles, developed by the CTA, begins.
The CTA welcomes two new residents to the building: the Ceragy group and members of the faculty of engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke.
The Sea-Doo SAR wins the Red Dot Design Award for high design quality.
The Sea-Doo SAR wins the Good Design Australia Award.
Production of the Can-Am Spyder F3-P, developed by the CTA, begins.