PROGRAM (subject to change)

November 1, 2017   12:30 pm – 5:30 pm   Kickoff Reception 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Note: The B2B/I2I room will be open throughout the day both days for meetings

WIDS Reception at Best Defence commencing at 12:30pm

1:00 pm




Jennifer Miller, Director General of the Innovation Superclusters Initiative at Innovation Canada – Delivering the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan

An overview of new business innovation programs and services (Innovation Superclusters, Strategic Innovation Fund, the Innovative Solutions Canada program, Accelerated Growth Service and Clean Growth Hub1:30 pm

 1:30 pm

Christopher Baird, Senior Director
Build in Canada Program
, Public Services & Procurement Canada  

2:00 pm

Carl Marcotte, VP, Operations and Head of Defence, Canadian Commercial Corporation
The Role of CCC in Canadian Industry Contracts with the U.S DoD 

2:30 pm

Major Michael Carroll, PI & IS Supervisor & Ms. Kelli Zagata, Contracts Director
Deputy Director, U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
The U.S DoD Acquisition Landscape

3:00 pm

McCarter & English LLP (US) – Daniel Kelly, Alex Major and Zack Hadzismajlovic 
Gowling WLG (CDA) – Phuong Ngo
Canadian Companies Doing Business with U.S. DoD – The Risks and Rewards
Moderator:  Stan Jacobson, U.S. Government Relations, Canadian Commercial Corporation

(Panel will provide a brief overview of defense spending climate, perceived new opportunities, roadblocks presented in current law and regulations toward Canadian-based firms, including executive orders and other actions by the Trump Administration.  As well, words of warning to Canadian-based companies supplying goods, services and research in the US Government supply chain either directly or through U.S. subsidiaries.)


Topics covered by panel:

  • Buy American Act and other U.S. Domestic Preference Laws, Regs   and Executive Orders
  • Mandatory Clauses for Canadian-Based Suppliers and their U.S. Subsidiaries
  • Opportunities and Recent Changes to the U.S. Federal Supply Schedule
  • Avoiding the U.S. False Claims Act and other U.S. Statutes Addressing Procurement Fraud
  • The Latest in Export Control and Cybersecurity Compliance and Enforcement
  • How Canada Procurements Compare with the U.S.

4:30-5:00 pm


6:00 pm –
8:30 pm

Eric Fournier, Director General, S&T Strategic Decision Support, Department of National Defence

IDEaS: Innovation for Defence Excellence & Security – Innovation Access Program from DND

Kick off Reception 

(7:00pm): Keynote Speaker:  David Perry, Senior Analyst, Canadian Global Affairs Institute   

November 2, 2017   7:00 am – 6:00 pm  
Registration & Breakfast 7:00 am
Welcome 8:00 am

7:00 am       

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 am       


8:10 am        

Christyn Cianfarani, President
Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries (CADSI)

8:30 am

Mini Outlooks     
*Colonel Nicolas Pilon, Director Land Requirements
*Capt (N) Jason Armstrong, Director Naval Requirements
*Colonel Steve Chouinard, Director Air Requirements

9:50 am

Jennifer Hubbard 
Director General, International & Industry Programs
Department of National Defence
International and Industrial Materiel Programs at National Defence

10:15 am


10:45 am

Mike Petric, Lead for Canadian Operations
Operational Cyber
Cyber is making the jump from the world of IT to the world of operational technology (platforms & deployable systems) – what does this mean for operators and industry?

11:15 am

Technology Showcase Pitches (Round 2)
Moderator:  Christopher Baird, BCIP

12:30 pm


1:00 pm

Keynote Address:  General the Hon. Andrew Leslie  
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada-US Relations)

2:30 pm

Eva Martinez, Vice President, In Service Support
PAL Aerospace
An Introduction to PAL Aerospace – Shaping the Company’s Future with FWSAR and Force Multiplier
Overview of the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue contract win with Airbus Defence and Space, and the company’s commitment to innovation with the upcoming release of the Force Multiplier – a long-range ISR platform to meet global demands for varied surveillance objectives under a power by the hour contracting model.

3:00 pm




3:30 pm

Secured and Reliable Communications in the 21st Century  

A presentation on the technological advancements of defense and commercial communications and their performance in an increasingly threatened environment. 


 B2B/B2G  & Exhibit concurrent

5:00 pm –
6:00 pm

Closing Reception

Note: The B2B/B2G room will be open throughout the day both days for meetings