Billions Have No Place To Go.

Some 2.4 billion people around the world do not have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, according to the United Nations.  The full story in the November 29, 2015 Sunday Sun.  A similar article was posted in the New York Times in 2008.

Jroberts Manufacturing has been working with the University of Toronto to fabricate a water less toilet  which needs no plumbing.  The system works with solar energy to sanitize the waste is heated and mixed with sand then comes out the other end as sanitized usable soil.


Revolutionary green helicopter makes maiden flight

E-volo has reported that its Volocopter — a revolutionary, environmentally friendly helicopter propelled by 18 electrically driven rotors rather than a combustion engine — has successfully performed its maiden flight.

The maiden flight and first test flights were conducted in the dm-arena in Karlsruhe with the prototype of the two-person VC200 on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Based on this model, it will be prepared for series production in the coming years. “There are already numerous requests for the Volocopter from around the world,” said Alexander Zosel, managing director of e-volo.

With multiple flights lasting several minutes reaching the nearly 22-meter high ceiling of the dm-arena, including a number of smooth takeoffs and landings, the Volocopter concept exceeded all expectations. “Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new spring strut landing gear, and an extremely calm rotor plane,” concluded the e-volo managing director, thanking the KMK. “New innovations that have the possibility to change our world are continually presented at the Messe Karlsruhe. Therefore it was natural to work in partnership with the e-volo team to enable the test flights in the dm-arena,” announced KMK managing director Britta Wirtz. “The fair is not just a display of strengths in the technology field, but concretely supports pioneers of aviation as well.”

The developing team of e-volo knew from the onset that the Volocopter was very easy to fly. Due to elaborate simulations at the Stuttgart University, they already knew that it was much more quiet than a helicopter. However, the pleasant low, rich sound and the lower-than-expected noise level caused great cheering among the e-volo team during the first flights.

People were eager to know whether there would be disturbing or even dangerous vibrations in the mechanic structure of the rotor plane. “Such vibrations are a large problem for normal helicopters,“ stated e-volo managing director Stephan Wolf, adding that “there, the vibrations together with the deafening noise have lead to much discomfort on passenger flights in helicopters.” Due to the complex structure of the Volocopter in carbon lightweight design, it was not possible to simulate the expected vibrations in the laboratory. “The result of the first flight created a euphoria among the entire project team.” Wolf and Zosel further stated that “not even the HD video cameras secured to the exterior carbon ring of the rotor plane captured the least vibrations.”

More information and a video of the flight can be found on the e-volo website, www.e-volo.com.

World Solar Challenge – Day 1



B-7 Getting Ready to Race!

For the past three weeks, Blue Sky members have been working hard in Australia to get B-7 ready for the big race, the 2013 World Solar Challenge.

With only 8 days left till the race starts, they have almost finished all the preparation work and have surveyed the race route, received B-7, gotten a road testing permit and tested for several days on Australian highway. Find out more:

Next week – track testing and race qualifications. They will be up against over 40 teams from 20 different countries! Be sure to follow the team and show your support on social media:
Facebook: facebook.com/blueskysolar
Twitter: @blueskysolar77

B-7 solar car unveiling

On Friday June 28th, at Varsity Center, I had the privilege of being present for the B-7 solar car unveiling. Many of the sponsors, team and Alumni were present. Jroberts has been sponsoring Blue Sky Solar since 2001 by manufacturing all the mechanical systems for the car.




This is by far the nicest looking car I’ve seen yet. This machine is curvy, and immediately reminded me of concept cars the likes of Ferrari, Porsche and Audi would build.


The car will compete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge. The World Solar Challenge starts in Darwin in the Northern Territory and travels the Stuart Highway to Port Augusta and then via Highway 1 to the finish in the City of Adelaide in South Australia – 3000kms.





I wish the team the best of luck. Looks like they have a winner!


Visit us at Cansec in Ottawa at booth 1734

CANSEC is Canada’s foremost defence technology showcase. A two-day event, CANSEC will feature 120,000 square feet of indoor exhibits by Canada’s leading edge defence and security companies, as well as an outdoor static display. This showcase targets a wide audience of customers that includes Government agencies and departments with an interest in the defence sector.

CANSEC 2013 will take place May 29 & 30
at the Ernst & Young Centre (formerly the CE Centre)
in beautiful Ottawa, Canada

Vaughan Manufacturer of the Year!


Jroberts Manufacturing is proud to have won the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce Award for Manufacturer of the Year. Our team has worked hard to achieve success in our industry as well as make Jroberts Manufacturing a leader in Precision Machining and Assemblies coupled with In-Service Support. We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and as such a major part of our success has been our community. This is where our employees live and raise their families, this is where we have formed the strategic partnerships that make us strong and this is where we started over 15years ago. As part of our commitment to our community Jroberts Manufacturing believes in being a good corporate citizen and supports many local charities, participates in cleanup programs and provides opportunities for young adults to enter the workforce. It is with great pleasure that Jroberts Manufacturing accepts this award and we would like to thank the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce for their support as we look forward to another successful year.

Over twenty years ago, the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce established the Business Achievement Awards to celebrate business excellence in the City of Vaughan.

In 2007, The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 30th year of existence. Created to promote the interests of business in the City of Vaughan, the Chamber has been an integral part of Vaughan, recognized as one of Ontario’s’ most prestigious business communities.

Harper Government Leveraging Investments for Innovative Canadian Small and Medium Sized Businesses




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The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, launched the Investment Framework, the final enhancement to the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy, along with colleagues across the country.

Left to right: Minister Paradis; John Gagliardi, President, Jroberts Manufacturing Inc.; and Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke–Lakeshore.

News Release: Harper Government Leveraging Investments for Innovative Canadian Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Source: Chris Young, CP Images

Launch of the IRB Policy Investment Framework

Speaking Points

The Honourable Paradis, PC, MP
Minister of Industry

Etobicoke, Ontario

February 20, 2013

Thank you, Bernard, and welcome everyone. I would like to start by thanking Mr. Gagliardi for your gracious hospitality. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) like yours are the backbone of Canada’s economy. Knowing the hard work and dedication that it takes to run your own successful business makes announcements like today’s that much more important.

Ladies and gentlemen, our government is continuously working to build the most favourable conditions for Canadian businesses to create jobs and spur economic growth.

That is the basis for the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy through which our government ensures that every dollar we spend on major defence contracts is reinvested in the Canadian economy. This provides companies with access to global supply chains and the ability to expand into new markets. Which in turn creates and sustains high-paying, stable jobs across the country.

Jroberts is one of the many Canadian companies that is benefitting from the policy. And it is a perfect example of a Canadian small business success story.

Doing business for over 15 years, Jroberts is a leader in the design, production and maintenance of mechanical components and equipment. And it is no surprise that major defence contractors have recognized what it offers.

The strategic partnerships it has built represent an immeasurable opportunity. Enabling the company to develop a long-term business relationship with world industry leaders, expand its capacities and gain valuable global market exposure.

As it stands, almost 70 major procurement contracts are leveraging over $23 billion in reciprocal IRB commitments. But our government recognized that the IRB Policy could be even more effective. That it needed to be more targeted to ensure investments have the maximum benefit for the Canadian economy. That is why, in 2009, we announced seven enhancements aimed to modernize the policy.

Our goal was to maximize the access of Canadian companies to international business opportunities and to improve the commercialization of innovative, made-in-Canada technology. These changes were developed to facilitate investment in Canadian companies—promoting long-term prosperity in regions across the country.

And, ladies and gentlemen, today I am pleased to announce the implementation of the seventh and last of those enhancements: the Investment Framework.

In simple terms, our government is encouraging contractors to engage in innovative R&D with Canadian small businesses like Jroberts.

Previously, contractors received credit towards their IRB responsibility only after their R&D investment in a Canadian company had been fully commercialized and had achieved sales.

The uncertainty of the timeline between research, commercialization and sales made contractors reluctant to incorporate these types of investments in their IRB programs.

That is why, going forward, contractors making innovation-related investments in SMEs will receive more credit for these kinds of targeted investments and they’ll get a portion of it up front.

We are making it much more attractive for contractors to partner with innovative Canadian SMEs—keeping jobs here at home while spurring innovation and economic benefits in communities across the country.

This change will leverage hundreds of millions of dollars of new investments. Private money our companies need to grow, compete and create high-paying jobs for Canadians.

This is the most recent step in our government’s overall approach to supporting SMEs and the manufacturing sector at large. We know that, given the right tools, Canadian companies can compete with anyone in the world. And those tools are as much about what you remove—such as red tape and redundant regulations—as what you add.

Our government has worked hard to make Canada a great place to do business. We created a sound economic framework. Paid down debt. Harmonized regulations. Reduced red tape. And we have the lowest overall tax rate on new business investment in the G7.

And these efforts are bearing fruit. Canada’s net debt-to-GDP ratio remains by far the lowest in the G7. Our top credit rating has been reaffirmed by all of the major rating agencies. Our banks remain the soundest in the world. And we have created more jobs since 2009 than we lost during the recession—the large majority of which are full-time and in the private sector.

But Canada is not an island. Uncertainty abroad does not stop at our borders. As a nation, we must leverage our advantages. The world is becoming smaller and business more global. For Canada to succeed, we must fully engage in this new world. We must create its technology, capture its potential and reap its benefits.

This means investing in research and creating new products and services. It means finding new markets, improving productivity and learning to do business differently.

And it means constantly examining the effectiveness of our programs and policies—especially in a sector that moves as quickly as this one.

That is why we were pleased to receive Mr. Jenkins’ report on leveraging military procurement last week. This will complement the review of the aerospace and space sectors that Mr. Emerson performed for the government over the last year.

As we carefully study both these reports, we will not lose sight of the role that SMEs play in Canada’s long-term competitiveness. And we will continue to encourage investment in long-term, innovation-focused activities that establish strategic relationships. The kind of relationships nurtured by the Investment Framework announced here today.

Our Government will continue to work with Canadian industries to maximize military procurements in support of Canadian jobs, economic growth and the competitiveness of the industries.

As Canadians, we can count ourselves fortunate. We have accomplished a great deal. We have shown the world the strength of the Canadian economic model. But to sustain this, and to carry it forward, we need the hard work and talent of people like you.

At the end of the day, the future of the sector does not lie with some government program. It lies with you. Our government has a plan for the Canadian economy. A plan for the future. But we can’t implement it without you.

You are the job creators, you are the innovators and you are the future of this strong and proud sector. Our government will continue to give you the tools you need to compete and grow—and to create jobs for Canadians across the country.

Thanks once again to Jroberts for hosting us here today. I wish you all continued success.

Thank you.