August 8, 2019
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WestDef 2019 Update

The Western Canadian Defence Industries Association would like to thank everyone for their interest in WestDef 2019. Due to the current restructuring of our management team and board, we have decided to use this opportunity to establish priorities and set a new strategic plan over the summer. With these activities underway and the federal election taking place in September, we have decided to defer the 2019 event and host a revised WestDef next year.
WCDIA will still be hosting networking events and our SMB focused “Getting in the Game” workshops in BC and AB in 2019, so please make sure to stay connected through our newsletter and website.
We are grateful for all your support while we transition and look forward to serving you and your business in the future.
"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
Featured News
Future Fighter Capability Project

The Government of Canada, with support from the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), will be holding online presentations on August 15, 2019 for all interested stakeholders on the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP), including the economic benefits approach. These presentations are a follow-on to previous engagement with Canadian industry that the Government of Canada has undertaken, including the  Future Fighter Regional Forums .
For more information on the online presentations and how to register, please visit:
New Challenge and Program Announcement

Are you an expert in facial recognition and video processing? The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is looking for a solution to a new challenge. Automated redaction of video recordings for the purposes of Access to Information requests

The Build in Canada Innovation Program is now our new testing stream
In this new stream, we will buy and try late-stage innovations through an open call for proposals.
Stay tuned for funding opportunities and updates.

Check out our  testing stream  to learn how it will work.
IDEaS Competitive Projects launches five new Challenges

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.
Summer 2019 Funding Bulletin and Overview of Federal and Provincial Funding Programs

Strategic Timelines releases a bulletin and overview to assist companies become quickly oriented to the  125 Provincial and Federal innovation funding programs.

Find the latest releases below:
Member Showcase
At Great Excavations, we build floating machinery for the world’s most uninviting terrain. For us, all-terrain access includes the ability to safely and efficiently traverse water and wet terrain, like swamps and muskeg.
Our commitment to research and innovation was born of the belief that work in Canada’s North can be improved through the use of smart, modern, effective amphibious equipment. This work is supported by drones and remote-controlled technologies.

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*:
  • August 13, 2019
  • 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
Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo
August 8-9, 2019
Abbotsford, BC

Abbotsford International Airshow
August 9-11, 2019
Abbotsford, BC

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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