2019 Program

Tuesday, November 5, 2019  

 * Times subject to change

08:00 am         Registration & Continental Breakfast

09:00 am         Keynote Address
                         Major General Derek Macaulay
                         Deputy Commander, Canadian Army

09:30 am         The Defence Industry Outlook Under Canada’s New Government
                         David Perry, Vice President
                         Canadian Global Affairs Institute

10:30 am         Networking Break – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2

11:00 am         Positioning for Aerospace & Defence Growth in Canada
                         Alex Tsoulis, Director Business Development & Advanced Technologies
                         MHI Canada Aerospace

11:30 am         Understanding IDEaS
                         Eric Fournier, Director General, S&T Strategic Decision Support
                         Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)

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.

12:00 pm         Networking Lunch – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2

1:30 pm           From Bullets to Bytes    (CADSI Report on Cyber Security)
                         Marc Watters, Cyber Policy Advisor
                         Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries

2:15 pm           How OSME Can Help You Navigate the Federal Procurement System 
                         Menelaos (Manny) Argiropoulos
                         Chief, SME Stakeholder Engagement
                         Office of Small and Medium Enterprises
                         Public Services and Procurement Canada – Ontario Region / Government of Canada

The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) – Ontario Region was established in August 2006 within Public Services and Procurement Canada to support the Government of Canada’s commitments to giving small and medium enterprises (SMEs) access to compete for government business. OSME supports SMEs by helping them learn how to navigate the federal procurement system, working to reduce barriers and by simplifying requirements for SMEs that want to do business with the Government of Canada.  

2:30 pm           The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research
                         Peter White, Executive Director, Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships
                         Western University

2:45 pm           Networking Break – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2

3:15 pm           Gender & Diversity and its Impact on Business
                         Report by Françoise Gagnon, CEO of ADGA Group Chair of the Defence Industry
                         Advisory Group Gender Diversity Sub-Committee

3:45 pm           WiDS Speed Mentoring (in Salons G&H)  

5:00 pm –        Best Defence Reception
7:00 pm


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

8:00 am           Registration & Continental Breakfast – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2

9:00 am           Mini Outlooks
                         Lieutenant Colonel Virginia Shea, Director Air Requirements 6,
                         Chief of Air Force Staff, RCAF
                         Colonel Christopher Renahan, Director Land Requirements, Canadian Army
                         Captain Sheldon Gilles, Director Naval Requirements, RCN

10:00 am         RCN Innovation Brief to the Best Defence Conference 2019
                         Commander Scott Shortridge, M.S.M., C.D.
                         Director Maritime Innovation
                         Royal Canadian Navy

10:30 am         Networking Break – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2

11:00 am         The Canadian Surface Combatant – Lessons Learned and Supply Chain Opportunities
                         Walter Nolan, Senior Manager Industrial Development, Lockheed Martin Canada MST
                         Richard Foster, Vice President, L3 Technologies, Canada
                         Xavier Arbour, Industrial Cooperation & Contracts Manager, CAE
                         Shawn Roy, Senior Director Offsets & Partner Engagement, MDA Corporation

12:00 noon     Lunch

1:00 am          Tech Showcase Presentations

1:30 pm          Participating in Federal Government Contracts With Security Requirements
                        Geneviève Deroy, A/ Manager, Outreach Division / Departmental Oversight Branch
                        Industrial Security Sector
                        Public Services and Procurement Canada / Government of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Contract Security Program provides security screening services to private sector organizations and their personnel to enable their participation in sensitive government contracts in Canada and abroad.

2:00 pm          Accelerate Your Journey to Market!
                        Eric-Aime Patry, Manager of Outreach and Engagement 
                        Innovative Solutions Canada  (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)

Innovative Solutions Canada helps Canadian innovators by funding R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings.  The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) is now Innovative Solutions Canada’s new Testing Stream.

2:30 pm          Networking Break – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2

3:00 pm          NGEN Funding Opportunities & Factory of the Future Program
                         Jennifer MacLean, Director Collaboration
                         Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

NGEN is the engine of the Canadian government’s ambitious investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, matching federal funds and private investments to industry-led projects.

3:45 pm           Close Main Plenary

3:45 pm           Networking Break – B2B meetings in Ballroom 2 (until 5pm)

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