December 19, 2018
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WCDIA News
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Western Canadian Defence Industries Association would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and partners for another wonderful year. We are especially grateful for all your support throughout 2018.

We hope the holidays and the next year brings much happiness and continued success.

WCDIA wishes you and your families a safe and happy holiday season with good food, laughter, family and friends!

We look forward to serving you and your business in 2019!

Thank you and happy holidays!
The WCDIA Team
WCDIA Holiday Office Closure

Please note the WCDIA Offices will be closed for the holidays from December 21, 2018 through January 4, 2019. Offices will re-open January 9, 2019.
Featured News
Calling on innovators: a new round of challenges is here.

Sponsoring Department:  Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking the development of a chemical compound that would attract a wide variety of wood boring insects attacking standing hardwood tree species.

Sponsoring Department:  Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking to develop innovative devices for detecting marine biotoxins encountered in Canadian waters with increasing frequency.

Sponsoring Department:  Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
The challenge seeks to create a novel application of a digital tracing system enabled by blockchain and artificial intelligence for the Canadian and possibly North American steel supply chain for business users and government.

Sponsoring Department:  Department of National Defence (DND) Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science
The Department of National Defense (DND) is seeking a solution that will provide innovative devices, applications, personal protective equipment technology supports to help position Canadian firefighters to work in a more Head Up Hands Free (HF/HF) mode of operation on the fire ground.

Sponsoring Department:  Department of National Defence (DND) Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science
The Department of National Defense (DND) is seeking a solution that will provide innovative, advanced real-time decision support solutions for civilian municipal, provincial, and federal (Royal Canadian Mounted Police and DND) first responder command personnel (police, fire and paramedic) during critical incidents such as: active shooters, rural-urban wildfires, infrastructure collapse, natural disasters and large public order events where multiple jurisdictions and agencies work together. While there are many components and sub-occupational groups involved in critical incidents, the emphasis for this challenge is on developing promising tools related to the cognitive-behavioral aspects of the command function. The solutions should improve the probability of making good decisions during high risk events, while reducing the cognitive load of incident command personnel.

Sponsoring Department:  Department of National Defence (DND) - Defence Research and Development Canada Centre for Security Science
The Department of National Defense (DND) is seeking a solution that will provide innovative, advanced real-time decision support solutions for civilian, municipal, provincial, and federal (Royal Canadian Mounted Police and DND) first responder command personnel (police, fire and paramedic) during critical incidents, where multiple jurisdictions and agencies work together. Although there may be a number of components involved in critical incidents, the focus for this challenge is on the creation of new tools and technologies to identify, acquire, track and distribute available resources (defined as equipment, supplies and personnel).

Sponsoring Department:  Public Services and Procurement Canada
The challenge is to develop a cost effective & innovative method of stabilizing the coal mine tailings currently under sub-aqueous containment behind the Victoria Junction Tailings Dam so that the Dam can be decommissioned.

Sponsoring Department:  Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is seeking an innovative device that could be used to detect volatile organic compounds associated with the presence of targeted invasive alien plant pests across Canada.
Join the Canada Pavilion at the Mexico Aerospace Fair (FAMEX) in Mexico City

The Government of Alberta invites you  to join the Canada Pavilion and participate in an Alberta business program at the Mexico Aerospace Fair (FAMEX) in Mexico City, April 24-27, 2019.

Aerospace has been a major focus in Mexican economic development over the past decade, both as an industrial sector and in connection to commercial, private, and defense aviation growth. With more than 320 “aeronautical” companies, US$6.4 billion in exports, a workforce of more than 45,000 and a particularly robust Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector, the country currently ranks as the 14th largest aerospace and defence producer in the world, and is set on breaking into the Top 10 by 2020. All these factors combine to make aerospace a key component of Alberta’s priority sector strategy and a best-prospect industry sector for Mexico.

For more detailed information, please visit:  https://www.f-airmexico.com.mx/
Join the Alberta Pavilion at AUVSI’s Xponential in Chicago, Illinois

The Government of Alberta invites you to join the Alberta Pavilion at AUVSI’s Xponential in Chicago, Illinois from April 30 th  – May 2 nd , 2019.
 
The Government of Alberta, in cooperation with Global Affairs Canada, is supporting Alberta companies interested in participating in the Alberta Pavilion at AUVSI’S Xponential in Chicago, Illinois from April 30th – May 2nd, 2019. AUVSI is the world’s largest non-profit organization exclusively devoted to advancing the global unmanned systems and robotics community.
 
Thousands of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems will be attending. This show has proven to be an excellent opportunity for companies in Alberta’s unmanned systems sector to showcase their products and capabilities, along with valuable networking opportunities.
 
For more detailed information, please visit:  http://www.xponential.org/xponential2019
The next round of the BCIP Challenges published today!

The next round of Build in Ccanada Innovation Program challenges were published today (December 19, 2018) on the Government of Canada Buy & Sell website. The posting can be found at  https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-18-00856392  . Applications will be accepted until the end of March 2019. 
 
This round is looking to solve several specific DND challenges. The challenges are listed at   https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/picc-bcip/defis-challenges-eng.html
 
BCIP awards are up to $1M and must involve a product that is at the pre-commercialization stage. This is defined as being at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 – 9 and has not yet been sold.
DATE CHANGE - Aerospace Vision 2025 - Vancouver
NEW DATE: AIAC Vision 2025 Engagement Day - Monday, January 28, 2019 (Vancouver/Richmond)

Participate in this important seminar - hosted by the Honourable Jean Charest, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Premier of Quebec - to chart a course for Canada’s future in the international aerospace sector.

When:  Monday, January 28, 2019
Where:  Vancouver/Richmond (venues TBA)

To learn more about this industry led initiative - and to register to receive updates -  click here .
Program and Registration details coming in early January
Member Showcase
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Capabilities:
  • RF/analog/digital design
  • Schematics
  • PCB layout and assembly
  • VHDL coding/simulation
  • Firmware
  • FPGA and embedded system development
  • Prototypes and test fixtures.

Contact: 1-403-275-7346
WCDIA Coffee Club
January Coffee Club:
Hosted by Peraton

Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  Registration open at 8:00 am, Starts 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location:  6732 8 Street NE. Calgary, AB

Join us for networking, coffee and breakfast fare at Peraton in Calgary. Meet other members and industry professionals.

Attendees must RSVP.
Reserve your seat today!
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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  admin@wcdia.com  to let us know you are interested.
Available dates*:
  • February 12, 2019
  • April 9, 2019
  • May 14, 2019
*These dates are tentative and are subject to change. Hosting companies must be in good standing with WCDIA.
Industry Events at a Glance
CES Conference 2019
January 8 - 11, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

January Coffee Club
January 15, 2018
Calgary, AB

SHOT Show 2019
January 22 - 25, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

WCDIA "Getting in the Game" Workshop
February 12 - 13, 2018
Edmonton, AB
Registration Opening Soon

Mexico Aerospace Fair (FAMEX)
April 24-27, 2019
Mexico City, Mexico

AUVSI’s Xponential
April 30 - May 2, 2019
Chicago, Illinois
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