February 28, 2019
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2 Day Workshop
"Getting in the Game" - ITB's for SME's
How to do business in the defence industry

Price:  $899 (+GST) for WCDIA Members / $999 (+GST) for Non-Members
Includes the 2-day workshop (3 complete sessions), coffee breaks and lunch provided for up to 2 attendees (must be from the same company).
Dates:  March 20-21, 2019
Times:  8:30 - 4:30 each day
Location:  Alberta Innovates, 250 Karl Clark Road, Edmonton, AB. T6N 1E4
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. 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?

Seminar #1  will provide a basic understanding of the federal policy that ensures Canadian small business and public institutions benefit from military procurement. 
Seminar #2  will assist SMEs and public institutions develop their Value Proposition to harness ITB opportunities. 
Seminar #3  will provide SMEs and public institutions registered in the series with direct "hands-on" experience with a select group of prime defence contractors applying the lessons learned for "getting in the game".
Testimonials:

"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."

"The workshop defined the process and expectations between the SMEs, the Prime Contractors and the Canadian Forces. The workshop has proved to be very effective."
Only 6 seats left.
Deadline for registration is March 8, 2019.
RSVP today!
Featured News

The Alberta government will invest $27M in Amii (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) - with the primary purpose to develop a new program that supports companies looking to build their in-house AI capacity, incorporate innovative solutions and drive benefits.

A new office will be opened in Calgary. The remaining funds will be allocated to Alberta Innovates to expand its work in the area of AI and focus on company growth and acceleration, as well as applied research and development.

Approximately $5M will be spent on a marketing campaign to boost the profile of Alberta’s talent pool in geographic locations such as Silicon Valley that have a large number of technology sector companies and investors. (Another $25M will come the from federal government – don’t know the source at this time).
2019 New Materials, Biomaterials, and Nanomaterials Workshop

Location: University of Calgary
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m

The workshop will focus on various technologies and applications of New Materials, Biomaterials, and Nanomaterials. Topics of interest include but are not limited to solving industry problems using new materials such as, soft material, space materials, nanomaterials, biomaterials, electronic materials, hard materials, sensing materials, preservation materials, growth materials.
The workshop will: (1) connect researchers at academic institutions with potential industry partners, (2) provide opportunities for industry to work more closely with academic institutions in Alberta through internships, shared research, and partnerships, and (3) highlight and develop funding opportunities between researchers and industry partners (e.g. NSERC, Mitacs, Industrial and technological benefits (ITB)).
If there is a particular Alberta based company that you would be interested in engaging with but have had no prior contact, please forward the company name please contact Christine at cesharp@ucalgary.ca and we will attempt to bring them to the workshop.
Organizers:
Dr. Belinda Heyne (Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry)
Dr. Gregory Welch (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry)
Dr. Yujun Shi (Professor, Department of Chemistry)
Dr. George Shimizu (Professor, Department of Chemistry)
Dr. Christine Sharp (Outreach and Engagement Specialist - Faculty of Science)
2019 Alberta Sensor Technologies, Smart Cities & Internet of Things Workshop

Location: University of Calgary
Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The networking-based workshop will focus on various technologies and applications of Internet-of-Things. Topics of interest include but not limited to sensor technologies in the ground, in the air, attached to infrastructure and new sensors; data streaming and consumption for human interpretation; sensor physics, mathematics and AI applications; data security and privacy.
 
The Smart Cities & Internet of Things Workshop will: (1) connect researchers at academic institutions with potential industry partners, (2) provide opportunities for industry to work more closely with academic institutions in Alberta through internships, shared research, and partnerships, and (3) highlight and develop funding opportunities between researchers and industry partners (e.g. NSERC CREATE, or NSERC Collaborative R&D grants).
 
 
Organizers:
Dr. Mea Wang (Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science)
Dr. Robert Ferguson (Associate Professor, Department of Geoscience)
Dr. Joshua Taron (Associate Dean – Research, Faculty of Environmental Design)
Dr. Christine Sharp (Outreach and Engagement Specialist - Faculty of Science)
 
If there a particular industry partner or research collaborator you would like us to reach out to, please contact Christine at cesharp@ucalgary.ca .
NITAC 2019: NCI Agency Industry Conference and AFCEA TechNet International

Location: Oslo, Norway
Dates: May 20 - 22, 2019

NITEC19 will focus on advancing technological solutions and business practices to strengthen NATO operations from the South to the High North.

For more information and to register visit https://nitec19.com/ .
International Aerospace Week - Montréal 2019, register now!

Location: Montréal, Quebec
Dates: April 15 - 18, 2019

Participate in three major events:
  • Monday, April 15: Seminar On Defence And Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Tuesday, April 16: Global Supply Chain Summit
  • Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18: AEROMART Montréal

International Aerospace Week - Montréal 2019:
  • 1,300+ participants
  • 100+ international speakers
  • 1,400+ B2B meetings

For more information and to register visit http://www.siamtl19.ca
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Our PowerUp line of performance oil additives represent 40 years of testing and proven efficacy.
AwSUM Outcomes also provides a number of industrial biodegradable / environmental lubricant solutions.

Contact: (403) 474-4620
WCDIA Coffee Club
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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*:
  • March 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

2019 New Materials, Biomaterials, and Nanomaterials Workshop
March 6, 2019
Calgary, AB

Western Innovation Forum
March 7, 2019
Vancouver, BC

2019 Alberta Sensor Technologies, Smart Cities & Internet of Things Workshop
March 13, 2019
Calgary, AB

Saskatchewan Aerospace and Defence Forum
March 19, 2019
Regina, SK

WCDIA "Getting in the Game" Workshop
March 20 - 21, 2019
Edmonton, AB


International Aerospace Week
April 15 - 18, 2019
Montreal, QB

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

NITEC19
May 20 - 22, 2019
Oslo, Norway

WCDIA AGM
June 25
Calgary, AB

WESTDEF - WCDIA's 10th Annual Aerospace, Defence and Security Conference
June 25 - 27, 2019
Calgary, AB
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