Inventor and Businessman.
Canada is known for its inventions in the fields of communications and transportation, and Bombardier, who was born at Valcourt QC, is famous for his invention in 1937 of the snowmobile, an all-terrain vehicle that works like a combination motorcycle and boat on snow and soft ground (muskeg).
In 1959, Bombardier's company sold the popular Ski-Doo for the first time. This smaller version of earlier designs transformed the social life of many Canadian communities, especially in the northern territories. There, it has almost entirely replaced the traditional sled drawn by a team of Husky dogs. However, it has created a dependence on gasoline, oil, and spare parts.
Sales of the Ski-Doo and a water version called the Sea-Doo catapulted Bombardier's company into a national success. Today, Bombardier is one of Canada's global companies, with production plants employing a total of 53,000 people, in Montréal, and in the USA, Mexico, the People's Republic of China, and eight European countries.