Seminar Series

Last Revised September 30, 2022

All presentations this year are planned to be in-person in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre. However, to give presentation access to all of our attendees (including virtual), we will also be recording all of them and then making them available shortly after as on-demand videos via the Video Presentations module of the Online Registration System & Presentations Web Platform. There may also be on-demand ONLY videos, which we would make available using this module.

Discussion Panels

This year, we have set universal themes for each main day of our event. The theme for Wednesday, October 5 will be Cybersecurity and for Thursday, October 6 it will be Workforce Development. Working in cooperation with the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association, we will be hosting discussion panels on each of these topics as described below:

The KnowBe4 Cyber Compliance Panel
"Navigating the Challenging Landscape of Cybersecurity Compliance in Canada"


Presented by:
Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association
Moderator:
Brendan Dunphy, Program Manager, MACH Atlantic - Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)
Panelists:
Erle Higgins, Technical Manager - CyberSecure Canada (ISED Canada)
Al Dillion, Co-Founder & CEO - Sapper Labs Cyber Solutions
Alkarim Amlani, Director of Cyber Programs - General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada
Presented between 10:30 am and 11:30 am on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
Led by industry experts in cybersecurity, this panel provide insights into navigating the current and future landscape of cybersecurity compliance in Canada. The cybersecurity landscape in Canada can sometimes be difficult to follow. It will also explore expert advice on how your organization can navigate a critical path while maximizing benefits.

Topics discussed will be:
- Current Compliance Trends Globally
- Maintaining Market access in Canada and abroad
- Standards Reciprocity in Canada
- Where to start your compliance journey

The Marshall Skills Academy Workforce Panel
"Labour Force Solutions in Aerospace and Defence: People, Technology, Training and Coordination"


Presented by:
Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association
Moderator:
David Chaundy, President & CEO - Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC)
Panelists:
Jean-Claude Siew, Executive Vice President, Technology and Simulation - Bluedrop Training & Simulation
Shawna Garrett, President & CEO - EduNova Co-operative Ltd.
Philip Burchinshaw, Director, Sales & Marketing - Aerotec Engines
Gerard D'Entremont, Community Innovation Lead - Nova Scotia Community College
Presented between 10:30 am and 11:45 am on Thursday, October 6 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
An informative panel focusing on the current industry challenges relating to the attraction and retention of skilled labour. Panelists will bring a wide range of perspectives and will include representation from both a large, mature ACADA member company and a dynamic and growing SME. The panel will also welcome leaders from the academic stream who will add commentary related to the training and skills development side of workforce development.

The panel will be moderated by Mr. David Chaundy, Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Mr. Chaundy will provide an overview of the current labour market realities facing industry across the region which will serve as a backdrop for the insights of the panel participants, who will identify both challenges and tools and best practice to support sustainable growth.

Government Presentations

Each year we typically have a number of government presentations, which are designed to assist Canadian businesses to be able to compete in the Aerospace, Defence and Security industries, both domestically and globally.

As the details of these presentations are confirmed, they will be posted on this page.

"Canadian Armed Forces Defence Procurement Update & Outlook"

Presented by:
Cmdre (ret'd) Robert Gray - Major Projects Delivery Lead, DGMDP (Sea), Department of National Defence
Presented between 1:00 pm and 1:45 pm on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
A representative from the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) office at the Department of National Defence (DND) will provide an update and outlook on defence procurement projects taking place for the Canadian Armed Forces.

"IDEaS Program - Your Innovation, Our Investment"

Presented by:
Kristina Proulx - Director of Innovation Operations (IDEaS), Department of National Defence
Presented between 2:45 pm and 3:15 pm on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) is the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) access to innovation program. It transforms defence and security challenges being faced by the various partners in DND/CAF like the Air Force, the Navy, Army, special forces and others into innovative solutions to improve Canada's defence capabilities. Launched in 2018, the program has been given $1.6B over 20 years to deliver on its mandate.

IDEaS continuously taps into the extraordinary talent and ingenuity resident in Canada with various calls for proposals every year. With its five funding elements, IDEaS supports the development of solutions by helping push technology forward from early R&D to a demonstrable level that can increase defence capabilities.

IDEaS is for all Canadian innovators, from defence primes to academia, Small and Medium sized enterprises to not-for-profits, municipal/provincial/territorial entities to individuals.

Further details of the program and well as announcements of opportunities are available on the website: www.canada.ca/Defence-IDEaS.

"Aerospace & Defence Opportunities in Saskatchewan"

Presented by:
Kevin Fruhstuk - Manager, Lead & Prospect Generation, Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development
Presented between 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm on Thursday, October 6 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
Saskatchewan is known for its world class mining, oil and gas and agriculture industries but did you know that Saskatchewan has a vibrant manufacturing sector with specialized capabilities that allow Saskatchewan manufacturers to be excellent partners for Aerospace and Defence companies?  This presentation will outline those capabilities and outline other opportunities in Saskatchewan.

Industry Presentations

Our major sponsors are given the opportunity to give an industry presentation on the topic of their choice - past seminars have included major company announcements, profiling of companies, introductions on how to enter prime supply chains and much more. We are proud to present another great selection of highly relevant presentations by our industry partners this year.

"Title TBD"

Presented by:
Philip Garbutt - Senior Vice President, Global Support, PAL Aerospace
Presented between 9:15 am and 9:45 am on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
The description will be posted shortly.

"Saab's Current and Upcoming Programs"

Presented by:
Simon Carroll - President, Saab Canada
Presented between 10:00 am and 10:15 am on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
Saab Canada President, Simon Carroll will make a brief presentation on Saab's current and upcoming programs including opportunities for submarines and ground based air defence. This will be followed by engaging video content that highlights Saab's capabilities in key areas of interest for the Canadian market.

"Training for Modern War: Incorporating Trends from Recent Conflicts"

Presented by:
Cdr (ret'd) Jay Ballard - Military Training & Simulation Lead, Calian Group Ltd.
Presented between 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
Incorporating some of the biggest takeaways from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Nagorno-Karabakh War between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

"Title TBD"

Presented by:
Jamie Clarke - Director of Business Development, Lockheed Martin Canada Rotary & Mission Systems (RMS)
Presented between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 5 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
The description will be posted shortly.

"Digital Transformation through Collaboration"

Presented by:
Cara Salci - Vice-President Strategy & Government Relations, Thales Canada
Presented between 9:15 am and 9:45 am on Thursday, October 6 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
Learn how Thales is driving value, innovation and excellence in digital transformation through collaboration. Sheila Paterson, Chief Operating Officer at COVE, will join Cara to introduce a new opportunity to jointly engage small and medium-sized businesses.

"QinetiQ in Canada"

Presented by:
Joanna Davies - Vice-President of Business Development, Canadian Programs, QinetiQ Canada
Tim Watrin - Business Development Manager, QinetiQ Target Systems Canada
Presented between 10:00 am and 10:15 am on Thursday, October 6 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
The description will be posted shortly.

"You Protect Us Physically, Let Cisco Cybersecurity Protect You"

Presented by:
Jean-Sebastien Roy - Cybersecurity Sales Specialist, Cisco Canada
Presented between 2:15 pm and 2:45 pm on Thursday, October 6 in the ACADA Presentation Pavilion located on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
With the growth of the Internet of Things, the pervasive deployment of digital sensors is extending digitization and connectivity to previously analog tasks, processes and machine and service operations. The IOT allows interconnection of devices across a wide spectrum of systems which, in turn, enable significant increases in automation and optimization. The deeper integration between IT and OT is exposing your industrial operations to cyber threats. Let's discuss how OT and IT teams can work together to secure production continuity, resilience and safety and capture the benefits of your digitization efforts.

If you have any questions about our presentations or panels at all, please contact colin@defsecatlantic.ca.