December 05, 2018
As a benefit to members, friends, and WestDef delegates, WCDIA distributes by-weekly updates with opportunities and events within the aerospace, defence & security industry. WCDIA and its Board are not responsible for the accuracy of the contents. Please DO NOT contact WCDIA or the sender of the email for inquiries about third party information or events.
WCDIA Holiday Social                                 

Date: December 13th, 2018
Location: Atrium in 1925 - 18 Ave NE
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Western Canadian Defence Industries Association invites you to join us for some holiday cheer! Come out and enjoy some appetizers and refreshments, network with other members and invited guests and help support the Veterans' Food Bank!

Tickets are $20/person with a portion of the proceeds going to the Veterans' Food Bank.
We will also be collecting the following items for the Food Bank:
  • Grocery Cards
  • Cash
  • Non-Perishable Food Items

We need volunteers! If you or your company is interested in helping out, please contact  kgavinchuk[at]
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
Alberta Innovates & Raytheon Cyber Challenge Applicant Webinar
Date: December 11, 2018
Time: 10:00AM - 11:30AM

As part of the ASBIRI Cyber Challenge, Alberta Innovates and Raytheon Canada Limited welcome potential Alberta Small Medium Enterprise applicants and other stakeholders to join us via Skype or by phone on  December 11th 2018  from 10:00AM to 11:30AM  for a live interactive webinar. Representatives from Alberta Innovates and Raytheon will be on hand to present the Challenge and answer your questions. Be sure to visit this page immediately prior to the webinar to ensure you have the correct webinar coordinates.


  • Alberta Innovates Overview
  • ASBIRI Program
  • Raytheon Canada Overview
  • Raytheon CODE Centre
  • Challenge Discussion
  • Q&A

Webinar Coordinates:

Audio Only:
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-866-792-1317
Local dial-in number: 780-409-9282
Conference ID: 6128851

For more information on the ASBIRI program and the Challenge, please visit:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Garth Likes
ASBIRI program Director
Alberta ITB Success Story: Lockheed Martin Invests in FORGE Hydrocarbons' Lipid to Hydrocarbons Technology

Forge Hydrocarbons Corporation (FORGE) announced on December 3rd that it has received a $4 million USD investment from Lockheed Martin (NYSE:  LMT ) under the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy. This investment enables Forge, a Canadian, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) company to further development of its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon (LTH) technology and to construct a first-of-kind, commercial plant with a production capacity of approximately 19 million liters per year (ML/y).

FORGE's LTH proprietary production technology produces drop-in, renewable fuels that are indistinguishable from petroleum-based fuels and that are directly compatible with the current petroleum-based fuel infrastructure. Renewable fuels are an extremely important element in any country's strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and to adhere with the Clean Fuel Standard to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 megatons by the year 2030. FORGE's LTH technology reduces green house gas emissions by over 70% compared to petroleum-based fuels.

Forge has begun final engineering design and site preparation for the first LTH plant to be built in Sombra Ontario. FORGE expects to break-ground on this first LTH plant in 2018. This project funding will also contribute to the continuation of research and development, at the University of Alberta and Forge's pilot facility in Edmonton, Alberta, to increase the efficiency of the technology and to broaden the scope of the application to a wider range of feed stocks that can be transformed into a broader range of renewable fuels.

Member Showcase
Sullivan Machine Works is a manufacturer that specializes in high precision machined components for the oil and gas, aerospace, defense, firearms, power generation, transportation and electronics markets. 
They welcome customers who require prototypes, product development consulting and regular production of difficult to machine challenging components from almost any metal or plastic. 

They have a wide range of in-house capabilities as well as a network of subcontractors for specialized processes and coatings. This gives them a wide range of projects they are able to complete.

  • CNC Turning
  • CNC Milling
  • Precision heat treating with polymer quench
  • Buffing Polishing and Lapping
  • Assembly (mechanical)

Contact: 1-403-571-0880
WCDIA Coffee Club
December Coffee Club:
Preparing Impactful, Winning Innovation Funding Submissions
Speaker: Eileen Ashmore, President of Strategic Timelines
Date: December 11, 2018
Time: Registration open at 8:00 am, Starts 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Location: #115, 1925 18th Ave NE - Free designated parking
Do you know there are now 105 innovation funding programs in the provincial and federal landscape? Don't miss out on innovation funding to grow your company!

Come to learn how your company can: 
  • create a plan of attack, 
  • develop a killer strategy, and
  • Overcome the obstacles to securing innovation funding

Our Presenter: Eileen Ashmore is a Technology Funding Specialist and has been preparing winning innovation funding submissions along with the required supporting documents with impactful content and strategies for over 8 years. Tap into Eileen's expertise and experience so that your company is more successful at securing innovation funding.

Only 14 spots available. Attendees must RSVP.
Reserve your seat today!
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*:
  • January 15, 2019
  • 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
WCDIA December Coffee Club
December 11, 2018
Calgary, AB

Alberta Innovates & Raytheon Cyber Challenge Applicant Webinar
December 11, 2018

WCDIA Holiday Social
December 13, 2018
Calgary, AB
If you or your company is interested in sponsorship, please contact

CES Conference 2019
January 8 - 11, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

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