August 20, 2019
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"Getting in the Game" Workshop
How to do Business in the Defence Industry
ITB's for Small to Medium Business (SMB’s)

The capital portion of Canada's Defence budget is slated to grow from $4B/yr to $10B/yr over the next decade. Government policy requires that 15% of this value be directed to Small to Medium Businesses. This means Defence contractors will be looking for up to $1.5B/yr of input from small companies.

Is your company prepared for this opportunity?
When:  2 day workshop. September 17 - 18, 2019, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Where:  Calgary, Location to be confirmed
Price:  $899 (+GST) for WCDIA Members / $999 (+GST) for Non-Members ( For up to 2 company reps )
What will be Learned: Understand the federal policy that ensures Canadian small business and public institutions benefit from military procurement, develop your value proposition to harness these opportunities and gain “hands on” experience with a small group of prime contractors applying the lessons learned for “getting in the game” while
receiving valuable feedback directly from industry.

"We were able to use the skills learned during the Getting in the Game workshop to our immediate advantage. We hit it off with a major defence prime right away and were meeting in their Calgary offices less than a week later to discuss our ideas. It was well worth our investment." - In-Flight Data, Alberta based SMB
“Getting in the Game” lived up to its promise, providing the background and understanding that allowed us to secure our first defence industry contract. Highly recommended!”
- Vizworx Inc., Alberta based SMB
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Featured News
Flying High UAV Conference at SAIT - September 24
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Hold the Date: Frances' Aerospace and Defence Industry Event
October 2, 2019 - Calgary

Date:  Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019
Time:  9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Location:  Terrace View Room, 5 th  Floor, Global Business Center

With Europe being second to the USA, the largest aerospace and defence market in the world, France being the European leader in Aerospace and the Paris Air Show being the one of the most important showcase events for the global aerospace industry, the Government of Alberta has invited keynote speakers representing:

  • GIFAS (French Aerospace & Defense Association), NAFAN (North American French Aerospace Network), to present on the French Aerospace Industry/Opportunities and the Paris Air Show, and;
  • Safran Canada to present on supply and Industrial Technology Benefit (ITB) interests

We anticipate a selection of French firms to participate including:

Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism  in cooperation with GIFAS/NAFAN, Calgary Economic Development , Western Economic Diversification, and Global Affairs Canada  invite Alberta firms to attend a complimentary day of intelligence and networking. 

How can you benefit:
  • Gather intelligence on the French aerospace and defence industry to assess how it aligns with your business interests; 
  • Learn about the features and benefits of a key global showcase event, the Paris Air Show;
  • Network with key representatives from the French Aerospace and Defence industry and meet with visiting company members looking to connect with the Alberta industry.

Event includes coffee, tea, water, pastries, lunch and a potential networking session.

RSVP Required :  By Monday, September 23 – limited space/seating available (first come first serve) to  Email  your interest to attend.
Aerospace and Defence Related RFP News, Events and Funding Opportunities

RFP Announcements

Canada will acquire 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) from General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada
From the news release:
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced that the government will acquire 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV) from General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C). Funds for the purchase are in the approved budget for Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged. The Government of Canada also intends to provide a repayable loan to GDLS-C. To maximize the economic benefits of this project for Canadians, the supplier will reinvest an amount equal to the value of this contract – dollar-for-dollar – back into the Canadian economy to create jobs and opportunities for innovation. In addition to the almost 1,650 jobs at the General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) plant in London, there are close to 8,500 jobs across Canada that help to supply necessary parts and equipment for the construction of light armoured vehicles. More information here:
A Request for Information (RFI) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Project was recently published on BuyandSell:
The ITB Policy will apply, and this procurement falls within Canada’s Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs), including Remotely Piloted Systems and Autonomous Technologies, In-Service Support and Training and Simulation.
The target date for the RFI to close is August 29 th . The current timeline for RCN ISTAR UAS is as follows:
  • Open Request for Information: June 2019 – Jan 2022
  • Potential industry one-on-one meetings: Summer/Fall 2019
  • RFP issued: Spring 2021
  • Contract award: Winter 2022
The RFI for the Next Generation Fighting Vehicle (NGFV) project has been posted on BuyandSell and will be a multi-tactical vehicle for CANSOFCOM.
The Halifax Class Combat Systems Equipment Group (HCCS EG) in Service Support RFP has been released. The RFP scheduled for November 9, 2019.
The contract consists of the provision of in-service support (ISS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for six Halifax-class Combat Systems (HCCS) called the HCCS Equipment Group (EG). The HCCS EG is an integral component of the Halifax-class ships and will require In-Service Support.
  • The HCCS EG comprises the following systems:
  • 3D Radar System SMART-S (OEM: Thales, Netherlands);
  • 2D Radar System SG-180 (OEM: Saab, Sweden);
  • 2D Radar System SG-AMB (OEM: Saab, Sweden);
  • Navigation Radar NSC-26 (OEM: Raytheon, Germany);
  • Fire Control System CEROS200 (OEM: Saab, Sweden);
  • Identification Friend or Foe System MK XIIA (OEM: Telephonics,USA); and,
  • Associated Test Equipment and Training Aids.

Delivery Date: Above-mentioned
On July 23, 2019  Canada released the formal RFPs  to eligible suppliers and invited them to demonstrate how they can meet Canada’s future fighter capability requirements. Eligible suppliers have until early 2020 to submit their proposals to Canada.
The following suppliers have until spring 2020 to submit initial proposals to Canada:

  • Sweden — SAAB AB (publ) — Aeronautics
  • United Kingdom and Northern Ireland — Airbus Defense and Space GmbH (with MBDA UK Limited, L3 Technologies MAS and CAE Canada)
  • United States — Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company) (with Pratt and Whitney)
  • United States — The Boeing Company (with Peraton Canada Corp., CAE Inc., L3 Technologies MAS Inc., GE Canada and Raytheon Canada Limited Services and Support Division)

An amendment has been published regarding the current  LOI  out for OCFC2. 
The release of the RFP has been delayed for another 2 to 3 months.
Please direct all stakeholder inquiries to the PSPC Contracting Authority.
Here you will find a Notification of Intent regarding Restoration of Fuel Tanks at Evenes Airbase and a Market Survey pertaining to Multiband Man-pack and Fly-away Terminals.
Responses to either of these should be sent to the contacts indicated in the relevant document.
Funding Competitions

IDEaS Competitive Projects launches five new Challenges; Annual Report Released
New opportunities are  now available ! Apply now for the opportunity to use your knowledge and expertise to help address the following defence & security Challenges:

Innovators will have until August 22, 2019 to submit their application to the IDEaS program. Apply now: S

Additionally, IDEaS also released its first  Annual Report  in order to share its accomplishments from the first year and plans for moving forward.
ACOA launches boat hull design challenge – Application deadline August 31


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Coffee Club
Calling all WCDIA members:

Would you like to host the next coffee club networking event at your place of business or education facility? Please send us an email at  to let us know you are interested.
Available dates*:
  • September 10, 2019
  • October 8, 2019
  • November 12, 2019
*These dates are tentative and are subject to change. Hosting companies must be in good standing with WCDIA.
Industry Events at a Glance
Dates TBA
Calgary, AB
Registration Coming Soon

Edmonton Airshow
August 17-18, 2019
Edmonton, AB

WCDIA "Getting in the Game" Workshop
September 17-18, 2019
Calgary, AB

SAIT: Flying High Unmanned Systems in Alberta
September 24, 2019
Calgary, AB
DEFSEC Atlantic
October 1-3, 2019
Halifax, NS

Advanced Engineering 2019
Oct 30-31, 2019
NEC, Birmingham

Unmanned Canada
October 30-November 1, 2019
Ottawa, ON

Canadian Aerospace Summit
November 12-13, 2019
Ottawa, ON
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