Seminar Series

Last Revised September 27, 2019

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. Here are the details of what will be presented this year:

"Transforming Defence Sustainment Procurement"

Presented by:
Emad Rassi (Acting Director of the Sustainment Initiative - Department of National Defence)
Presented between 10:30 am and 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 2 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
The Government of Canada is modernizing how defence equipment and services are acquired, using innovative procurement practices to receive best value for Canadian taxpayers. Building on the Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS), the Sustainment Initiative is transforming the way the Government of Canada approaches and manages the maintenance of military equipment. It provides horizontal opportunities to leverage strategic initiatives such as Smart Procurement, Procurement Modernization, the DPS and the Export Strategy on Defence Procurement, to improve the administration of defence sustainment contracting. Sustainment refers to all of the activities required to support Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) fleets and equipment throughout their lifespan.

"What FacT Means to Saskatchewan"

Presented by:
Lindsay Quick (Deputy Director - Investment, Government of Saskatchewan)
Presented between 11:00 am and 11:30 am on Wednesday, October 2 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
The Future Aircrew Training Program presents an opportunity for innovation and growth for not only the RCAF but also for Saskatchewan. The history of the RCAF is imbedded in the fibre of Saskatchewan and its people and the Government of Saskatchewan is committed to moving forward with the aerospace and defense industry in the province. From R&D opportunities with Canada's only synchrotron, training with Saskatchewan's Indian Institute of Technologies to strengthening and diversifying your supply chain Saskatchewan has a lot to offer.

"Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)"

Presented by:
Eric Fournier (Director General - IDEaS, Department of National Defence)
Presented between 10:30 am and 11:00 am on Thursday, October 3 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
Launched in April 2018, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program's objective is to foster open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada's toughest defence and security challenges. IDEaS supports the development of solutions from their conceptual stage, through prototype testing and capability development. Program elements promote collaboration between innovators, provide developmental resources and provide opportunities to interact with DND's science and military members.

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:

"L3Harris Technologies in Canada"

Presented by:
Wendy Allerton (Director- Business Development, L3Harris Technologies)
Nash Jinnah (Director- Business Development, L3Harris Technologies)
Presented between 9:30 am and 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 2 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
An overview of the "New L3Harris", as well as a review of our Maritime products and capabilities.

"MACH Atlantic: New Supplier Development Pilot Project Launch"

Presented by:
Rich Billard (President & CEO, Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association)
Presented between 10:15 am and 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 2 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
ACADA will be launching a new Supplier Development Pilot Project, MACH Atlantic. This is a program adopted from the highly successful MACH Program delivered by Aero Montreal, and supported by both Invest Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada.

"The Next Generation of In-Service Support Jobs in Canada's Marine Sector"

Moderated by:
Karen Chase (Director - Industrial Participation & Offsets, Thales Canada)

Panelists:
Jamie Turcotte (Vice President - Services, Defence & Security, Thales Canada)
Dwayne MacLeod (Manager - Major Projects, Nova Scotia Community College)
Craig Kelley (Business Development & Learning Solutions, Camosun College)
Presented between 2:15 pm and 2:30 pm on Wednesday, October 2 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
Thales Canada, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Camosun College, will be presenting this panel-style discussion on the results of the In-Service Support Workforce Study announced at DEFSEC last year. Topics will include Employer Readiness, Education and Training, In-Demand Occupations, Recruitment & Retention, and more.

"Delivering Canada's ASW Future: CSC as a Driver of Strategic Capability and Industry Growth"

Presented by:
Bernard Mills (President, Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems)
Presented between 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm on Wednesday, October 2 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
As part of Lockheed Martin Canada's team on the Canadian Surface Combatant, Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Canada President, Bernard Mills, will discuss his company's role in the program. Mr. Mills will highlight Ultra's anti-submarine warfare role and share insight into how CSC will be a driver for industry growth for years to come.

"The Admiral's View"

Presented by:
John Newton (Managing Director, Fleetway)
Presented between 9:30 am and 10:00 am on Thursday, October 3 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
Rear Admiral (retired) John Newton will discuss his observations on providing support to the operational readiness of the Royal Canadian Navy fleet, having served as a senior commander in the Canadian Armed Forces and RCN, and now as Managing Director of Fleetway Inc, a naval engineering and technical services company that plays an important role in the operational readiness and fleet recapitalization under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

"Secure, Resilient, Affordable, High-Bandwidth Satellite Communications for Canada's North and Maritime Arctic Operations"

Presented by:
Jeffrey Osborne (Co-Founder & VP Business Development, Kepler Communications)
Presented between 11:00 am and 11:15 am on Thursday, October 3 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
Kepler, a 2015 start-up, has a mission to intelligently apply small-sat architectures to bring affordable communications to those areas currently not served by mainstream services. The company already has satellites aloft demonstrating this capability, and the presentation will outline its benefits, and why this is important for Canada, for national security and safety, quality of life, and economic development reasons.

"Providing Critical Life Support Services in Remote, Austere and Combat Environments"

Presented by:
Derek Watt (Director of Commercial Products, Thornhill Medical)
Presented between 11:15 am and 11:30 am on Thursday, October 3 in the Cunard Centre Presentations Hall
Thornhill Medical is the inventor, developer and supplier of innovative healthcare systems and devices intended for emergency, mobile, and remote/austere health delivery applications. A pioneer in this field, Thornhill Medical is a spin-off of Toronto's University Health Network (UHN) delivering unique and valuable solutions in the areas of portable life support for use in field hospitals, forward surgical suites and during patient transport; immediate and effective treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning; and mobile anesthesia. Proven systems, that have been globally deployed by a variety of armed services, including the US Marine Corps. This presentation will outline why this is of great relevance to Canada.