Steering Group

DEFSEC Atlantic is advised by a Steering Group which meets regularly through the year to keep the show focused on attendee interests and needs. With representation from the NSIAS Association's Board of Directors, industry and government, we strive to consider many perspectives when designing and presenting the event each year. Based on their feedback, DEFSEC Atlantic continues to adapt to meet evolving needs and keep both new and long-time participants engaged.

Group Members

The members of the Steering Group that help make DEFSEC Atlantic a success are:

Colin Stephenson DEFSEC Atlantic
(Executive Director)
John Benson DEFSEC Atlantic
(Deputy Director)
Patricia Myatt DEFSEC Atlantic
(Director of Administration)
Gerry Morey Nova Scotia International Air Show Assocation (NSIASA)
(Chair of the Board of Directors)
Mark McIntytre Nova Scotia International Air Show Assocation (NSIASA)
(Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors)
Tony Goode Nova Scotia International Air Show Assocation (NSIASA)
(Past Chair of the Board of Directors)
Mark James Nova Scotia International Air Show Assocation (NSIASA)
(Member of the Board of Directors)
Rich Billard Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)
(President & CEO)
Alex Himmelman Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)
(Provincial Director, Nova Scotia)
Lisa Clory Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)
(Provincial Director, New Brunswick)
Jim House Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)
(Provincial Director, Newfoundland & Labrador)
Allan Campbell Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)
(Provincial Director, Prince Edward Island)
Gordon Gale Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS)
(Executive Director)
Russ Hopson Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
(Manager, Halifax Business Centre)
Peter Wright Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
(Development Officer - Aerospace & Defence, Nova Scotia)
Emily King Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
(Trade Commissioner, Atlantic Regional Office - Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Glenn Chamberlain Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
(Acting Regional Director, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises for the Atlantic Provinces)
Harvey Doane Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)
(Director - Defence, Security & Aerospace, Investment Attraction Division)
Matthew Johnson Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE)
(Director, Business Development & Client Relations)