December 19, 2019
As a benefit to members, friends, and WestDef delegates, WCDIA distributes monthly 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.
The WCDIA team wishes you and your family a safe and happy holidays this season! We are looking forward to an exciting and successful New Year!

“Getting in the Game” Workshop
How to do Business in the Defence Industry
2-day Workshop
Did You Know?
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 Enterprises (SMEs).
This means Defence contractors will be looking for up to $1.5B/yr of input from small companies. (Read that again!).
To learn more and register:
Featured News
New ‘Hyper Glue’ Formula Developed by UBCO and UVic Researchers

With many of the products we use every day held together by adhesives, researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus and the University of Victoria hope to make everything from protective clothing to medical implants and residential plumbing stronger and more corrosion resistant thanks to a newly-developed ‘hyper glue’ formula.

The team of chemists and composite materials researchers discovered a broadly applicable method of bonding plastics and synthetic fibres at the molecular level in a procedure called cross-linking. The cross-linking takes effect when the adhesive is exposed to heat or long-wave UV light making strong connections that are both impact-resistant and corrosion-resistant. Even with a minimal amount of cross-linking, the materials are tightly bonded.


Participant Request
Veterans Affairs Canada Career and Education Fair
Calgary, AB
January 24, 2020

Did you know that almost 90% of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members look for civilian employment after they release from the military?
VAC is committed to helping Veterans and their families’ transition to meaningful careers in civilian life. We know that former members bring exceptional abilities and expertise to any workplace.  
This is why we are hosting a Career and Education Fair in Calgary, AB and would like to invite you to participate.
The Fair will be a tradeshow style event with booths for employers, educational institutions, volunteer organizations and other VAC partners. We will also have a variety of workshops, activities and presentations throughout the day.
The Fair is meant to be a one-stop-shop for Veterans to equip themselves with the tools and resources to march into their new life post service. The Calgary Fair is set to take place at  Ross Glenn Hall at the Mount Royal University campus  on January 24, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
You can participate in a few different ways:
  • Have a booth in the main exhibit area that highlights your organization’s job/volunteer/education opportunities for Veterans and their families. There is no cost for a booth.
  • Provide your organization’s Human Resource contact information for Veterans to reach out to after the event.
  • Participate in a workshop or training. 
We would love for you to be part of this event and look forward to hearing from you. We are available to discuss opportunities of partnerships and answer any questions you might have.

Contact James Vassallo by email:
December 2019 Funding Alert: Federal and Provincial Funding Programs

Strategic Timelines releases a bulletin to assist companies become quickly oriented to New Funding Programs.

The latest release:
Western Innovation Forum (WIF)
Vancouver, BC
March 5, 2020

On behalf of Western Economic Diversification (WD), we are inviting you to attend the 2020 Western Innovation Forum (WIF), and to participate in the B2B program. WIF 2020 promotes western Canadian capabilities in the aerospace, marine, and defence industries, and is organized in partnership with the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI) and the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada-Pacific (AIAC-P).

Along with presentations, panel sessions, and breakout information sessions on relevant topics by industry, government and academic leaders, a central component of WIF is WD’s  B2B meeting program , which will enable meaningful networking discussions amongst participants.
  • For more information and to register for WIF, please go to the WIF 2020 website.
  • For specific information on how to sign up for the WIF 2020 B2B program, please read and follow the instructions below.
Innovation Tour
For representatives of major defence contractors with existing or potential ITB obligations, there is the opportunity to participate in  WD’s Innovation Tour on   March 4, 2020 . This year’s tour will feature meetings with the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Marine Systems Initiative, and a visit to Simon Fraser University (SFU), which will include a tour of key facilities and discussion sessions with program staff from SFU and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Space is limited, so please  contact WD  as soon as possible to reserve your seat.
How to Sign Up for the B2B Program at WIF 2020
When you register for WIF 2020, you will receive an email containing important information on the B2B program. In the B2B information e-mail, you will be asked if you wish to participate in the B2B meeting program. Clicking the “submit a registration profile” link will take you to the B2B meeting platform, provided by B2B/2GO.
  • When you register on the B2B meeting platform, you will be given a choice of whether you wish to be a Host of B2B meetings or a Participant in B2B meetings.
  • If you are looking for industry capabilities or investment opportunities in skills development, research and development, etc. to put against your existing or potential ITB obligations, you will likely want to be a Host as WD will be able to match you with other WIF B2B participants that may have specific capabilities of interest to you.
  • If you are a top tier supplier, you must decide between Hosting a B2B table or being a Participant. The B2B platform cannot allow you to do both, but WIF 2020 will provide plentiful opportunities for networking to help you meet your business objectives outside of the formal B2B meeting program.
  • Once you are on the B2B/2GO platform, follow the instructions on how to complete your profile.

The B2B Program at WIF 2020
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada uses information provided by you in the B2B profile questionnaires to identify and recommend B2B meetings on the basis of correlation between what you tell us you are looking for as a Host, and what Participants have to offer.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  or .
Member Showcase
Quantum Reversal Inc.

QR (Quantum Reversal Inc.) develops wireless application for various markets. In addition, it provides RF/antenna and GPS consulting services. QR team has experience in designing products for various commercial and industrial applications in space, underwater, robotics, UAV, etc.

QR is currently developing a novel anti-jamming GPS antenna for commercial and/or military applications to combat intentional or un-intentional RF interference and GPS signal jamming. The first product is scheduled to go in full production in Feb. of 2020.

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.
*Hosting companies must be in good standing with WCDIA.
Industry Events at a Glance
January 21-24, 2020
Las Vegas, NV

Getting in the Game Workshop
February 3-4, 2020
Calgary, AB

PNAA Global Aerospace Conference & Trade Show
February 3-6, 2020
Lynnwood, WA

February 4-6, 2020
Calgary, AB

Singapore Airshow
February 11-16, 2020
Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore

AFCEA West 2020
March 2-3, 2020
San Diego, CA

Getting in the Game Workshop
March 3-4, 2020
Vancouver, BC
Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence
March 4-5, 2020
Ottawa, ON
Registration Coming Soon!

Western Innovation Forum
March 5, 2020
Vancouver, BC

Canadian Armed Forces Outlooks
April 7-9, 2020
Ottawa, ON
Registration Coming Soon!

May 27-28, 2020
Ottawa, ON
Registration Coming Soon!

Getting in the Game (Part of WestDef)
June 23-24, 2020
Calgary, AB
Registration Coming Soon !

WestDef 2020
June 23-25, 2020
Calgary, AB
Registration Coming Soon!
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