History 1967Kenneth C. Rowe starts Industrial Marine Products Limited. 1969IMP opens IMP Fishing Gear Limited (U.K.) in Grimsby, U.K. 1970IMP buys Fairey Canada Limited consisting of two hangars at the Halifax International Airport and creates the Aerospace Division. 1973Holiday Inn was built and is now known as the Atlantica Hotel Halifax. 1976IMP buys Hammonds Plains factory from N.S. Government Agency, I.E.L. 1976IMP buys Down East Aviation and enters the general aviation FBO (fixed base operator) business. 1978IMP is appointed by Shell as Airport Dealer for Gander, NL, pumping 100 million litres/year of jet fuel. 1978IMP Fishing Gear Limited (U.S.) opens in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and builds a new retail store and warehouse. 1981IMP buys John Leckie Inc. and Atlantic Net Rope & Twine Limited to double in size IMP's marine fishing gear business. 1983First contract with Aeroflot to fuel aircraft in Gander. This opened the door for later expansion into Russia. 1984IMP's first trip to Russia to explore new business opportunities. 1987IMP buys Blanchette Frères Limited of Quebec City to expand the aviation FBO network across five airports in Quebec. 1989IMP buys CAN-med Surgical Supplies Limited in Halifax. 1989IMP buys Innotech Aviation in Montreal and Toronto. 1989Joint Venture, Aeroimp, was created by IMP and Aeroflot to build what is to become the Aerostar Hotel in Moscow. This was the second J.V. company to be established between Canada and what was then called the USSR. 1990IMP opens an office in Cyprus. 1991IMP buys Execaire Inc. in Montreal, Canada's largest executive jet management and charter company. 1991Moscow Aerostar Hotel opens as the city's first 5-star western hotel. 1991IMP buys Amherst Aerospace from the Province of Nova Scotia and establishes IMP Aerospace Components Limited, now known as IMP Aerostructures. 1993IMP opens IMP Fuels (home heating fuel distribution). 1994IMP builds new facility for IMP Aerospace Components Limited in Amherst. 1994IMP buys Forsea Ltd. in Moncton (a fishing equipment supplier). 1995IMP buys Air Atlantic establishing IMP as a regional scheduled airline. 1996IMP constructs a new 80,000 sq.ft. hangar facility at Innotech Montreal. 1997IMP buys Pacific Avionics & Instruments Limited in Vancouver. 1998IMP opens MediChair in Halifax becoming the city's first mobility equipment healthcare store. 1998IMP buys Air 500 Limited, a Toronto-based executive aircraft management company. 1999IMP successfully competes for the U.S. Navy H3 (Sea King) helicopter maintenance support contract - the first time an entire airframe contract granted outside of the U.S. 2000Pier 21 Foundation, National Historic Site, named one of its grand event spaces, the Kenneth C. Rowe Heritage Hall. 2000IMP successfully competes for the Canadian Search and Rescue Helicopter In-Service Support contract and has been the contractor of choice ever since, maintaining the Cormorants Canada-wide. 2000IMP launches CanJet Airlines, Canada's first low-cost airline flying 1.2 million passengers per year with up to 14 Boeing 737 aircraft. 2000IMP Solutions is created becoming Atlantic Canada's largest I.T. company by 2017. 2001IMP buys Oak Island Resort, now known as Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre. 2002IMP constructs a new 60,000 sq.ft. CanJet hangar at the Halifax International Airport. 2002IMP starts up the Bathurst Call Centre operation. 2003IMP constructs Hangar 8 at the Halifax International Airport. 2003IMP is first recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, maintaining this recognition up to and including 2017. 2004IMP buys Medtec Marketing of Burnaby, BC (health imaging equipment reseller). 2005Dalhousie University's School of Business Administration Building named the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building. 2005IMP buys Harding Medical in Halifax, Moncton, Sydney, and Charlottetown. 2006IMP builds largest hangar at the Halifax International Airport - Hangar 9, which is over 90,000 sq.ft. in size. 2007Moscow Aerostar Hotel is sold. 2007IMP Aerospace is awarded a $ 600 million contract extension for the Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter in-service support. 2007Innotech constructs a new aircraft paint hangar in Montreal. 2007IMP develops 2 condominium projects, one in Halifax, the other at the Oak Island Resort. 2008Innotech enters into a long-term business aircraft completions contract with Bombardier. 2008IMP Aerospace signs a contract with Royal Norwegian Air Force to re-wing P-3 aircraft. 2009IMP Aerospace Components awarded a long-term contract with Boeing to manufacture Chinook helicopter sub-assemblies. 2009CanJet enters into a long-term partnership with Transat Tours to provide Boeing 737-800 aircraft for charter. 2009IMP rebrands its 4-star hotel in Halifax as Atlantica Hotel Halifax. 2009IMP becomes a member of the Platinum Club of Canada's Best Managed Companies Program and has maintained this recognition every year since. 2010IMP Solutions expands its business process management practice to Ottawa. 2010Kenneth C. Rowe inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. 2010IMP rebrands Oak Island Resort as Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre. 2010IMP Aerospace awarded a multi-million dollar combined production program to re-life the Canadian Aurora fleet with upgraded systems and wings. 2010IMP receives the following top employer awards for 2011: Canada's Top 100, Nova Scotia's Top 15, Atlantic Canada's Top 25, and Financial Post's 10 Best Companies to Work For. 2011IMP Marine Division is sold. 2011Dalhousie University names its business school, the Rowe School of Business. 2012IMP Aerospace rebrands to IMP Aerospace & Defence with IMP Electronic Systems and IMP Aerostructures. 2012IMP buys Cascade Aerospace in Abbotsford, BC, maintaining Canada's fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft. 2013IMP acquires Image Air Charter Limited, a Toronto-based executive aircraft charter company. 2014Cascade Aerospace wins a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade C-130 aircraft for the Mexican Air Force. 2015CanJet Airlines ceases operations. 2015IMP acquires Blue Ocean Contact Centers Inc. 2016IMP Aerospace awarded a multi-million dollar contract to re-wing Chilean Navy P-3 aircraft. 2017IMP Aerospace tasked with a multi-million dollar avionics update (Block 4) for Canada's fleet of Aurora aircraft. 2017Atlantica Hotel Halifax is sold. 2017IMP Group celebrates 50 years of profitable growth.