January 17, 2019
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.
Message from the Chair

Welcome to 2019!  I hope all had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season.

We have a very interesting 2019 forming up.  We will be facing a Fall Federal election and a Spring Alberta Provincial election that could change the political landscape.  Major capital programs including Canadian Surface Combatant and Future Fighter are inching forward and new In-Service Support awards such as the Army’s C4ISR support contracts are in the process of being announced.  All of these will require a 100% Canadian offset component and a 15% Small to Medium Business component.  This is a great opportunity for small businesses. 

One of the roles of WCDIA is to help prepare companies, especially small one that do not have the experience, participate in the Defence sector.  The ‘Getting in the Game’ workshops are one of the steps to help address this need. They have been very successful.  We are working on a program that will see addition workshops given in Northern Alberta in the first quarter and hopefully across all four western provinces over the next two years.

WCDIA also can help decipher the large number of innovation programs that exist and whether a program could potentially be useful to a member.  Eileen Ashmore provided a good overview of these programs at the December Coffee Club meeting.  These include programs such as BCIP, IDEaS and even some from industry such as Raytheon’s Cyber Challenge. 

Speaking of Coffee Club meetings, thanks to Peraton for hosting the first Coffee Club meeting of 2019.   Their new facility looks great!  Hopefully they will be shortly adding some new traffic signs as they help convert RAAF F-18s to fly on the right-hand side!  We have open slots available if anyone would like to showcase their company to our membership.

If you have not already done so, please take a moment to renew your membership for the year.

Here’s to a very interesting and successful 2019!

Featured News
Maximizing Your Innovation Funding Options
Presented by Eileen Ashmore - Strategic Timelines

Date: January 17, 2018
Location: ATB Entrepreneur Centre 1110 17 Ave SW Calgary, AB
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Eileen Ashmore with Strategic Timelines is presenting another information session on preparing impactful, winning innovation funding submissions at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre, January 17th for those of you who missed the WCDIA December Coffee Club.

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

Speaker: 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.

Limited Seats Available
L3 WESCAM Job Fair is Coming to Calgary
January 28 - 29, 2019

L3 WESCAM has been on a cross country tour over the past year looking out for the best engineering talent that this country has to offer. And now they are coming to Calgary!

Event: Wine & Cheese Networking Event (Drop-in's welcome)
Date: January 28, 2019
Location: The Calgary Westin 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Event: In Person Interviews
Date: January 29, 2019
Location: The Calgary Westin 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Time: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Contact: Tony.Meeker@L3T.com to schedule a time with an L3 Recruiter. Walk-ins welcome if time permits.

L3 WESCAM is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of state-of-the-art multi-sensor systems and system-solutions. They provide Defence/Military, Homeland Security, Airborne Law Enforcement, and Search and Rescue agencies worldwide with technologies such as Gyro-Stabilization, advanced Electro-Optic and Infrared Laser Surveillance, and high magnification imaging.

Their company has been around for 40 years, and they have set the global standard for Air, Land and Maritime surveillance systems. They continue to evolve from developing these advanced components into a provider of systems and solutions, embracing the future and new technologies. This approach makes them feel more like a start-up, although with all of the resources and experience of an established leader. They champion fresh, new thinking and celebrate innovation. They support each other, both on and off the job. Their work environment offers exceptional facilities and resources; just some of the ways they strive to provide a career beyond expectations.

L3 WESCAM is looking to fill the positions listed below. Click the link for their Talent Community posting on their careers page that will outline the work they are doing and of skills they are looking for, as well as what they can offer you. The roles they are looking to fill are based in Burlington, Ontario and their soon to be opened Ottawa office.

A Message from the IDEaS Team

As you have likely heard from the Minister’s announcement of today (January 16 th , 2019) since the official launch of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program on April 9th, 2018, we have been busy issuing a number of challenges via Competitive Projects, Innovation Networks and Sandboxes Calls for Proposals. We have also been active in engaging stakeholders in forums across the country, seeking feedback from innovators and encouraging them to participate in all aspects of the program.

We have also had success in awarding funds to successful organizations who are now working towards their innovative solutions. We have finalized our contracting process for the first Call for Proposals for Competitive Projects, which has seen us award 160 contracts. As well, we are nearing the end of our first Call for Proposals for Innovation Networks on Advanced Materials, which will see our first micro-networks approved, and start working. Participants to the program will only increase as IDEaS issues more and more challenges over the coming months and years.

With that in mind, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some important updates to our website that you may find of benefit to you and/or your stakeholders ( www.canada.ca/Defence-IDEas ):

  1. On our “Future Opportunities” page you will find that we have posted our program’s anticipated challenges and program of work for the next 4-5 months. Since the beginning of the program, we have wanted to make sure innovators have as much time to prepare as possible prior to a formal challenge being issued. We hope that by having our program of work available, you can all take advantage and start thinking about the next great ideas!
  2. We have strived to keep stakeholders informed about what is going on in IDEaS in a way that is open and transparent. As a result, we are posting our IDEaS recipients under the “Past Opportunities” page so that you can see all awards and selections that have been made since the program launch –this includes Competitive Projects and Innovation Networks Calls for Proposals #1. We expect that this information will be useful for you to understand what innovators are doing in all areas of IDEaS and to identify potential avenues for partnerships.
  3. To help inform and increase the ability of our stakeholders to communicate about IDEaS, we have added a separate presentation to our “Understanding IDEaS” page. We use it in our engagements at conferences/meetings and other forums, and we invite you to take a look or send on to someone who may not yet know about IDEaS!
  4. As you know, this summer we released a Request for Information for Sandboxes. We are pleased to say that we have drafted a response to all the great submissions we received and it is now posted on our “Past Opportunities” page under “Sandboxes”. We would again like to reiterate our thanks to everyone who participated in this process and look forward to the Sandboxes coming this year.

We are excited by the progress of IDEaS over the past few months and we hope that these resources will be of benefit to you. We look forward to continuing to build our network of valued stakeholders and innovators to take on the new opportunities coming this year!


The IDEaS Team
PNAA 18th Annual Aerospace Conference - Save The Date
February 11 - 14, 2019
Seattle, WA

Calgary Economic Development is co-sponsoring this event along with their Trade Commissioner Service.

Patti Dunlop with Calgary Economic Development is working to set up direct connections through B2B's and other events. If you or your company is interested, please contact her at pdunlop@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com .

For more detailed information, please visit:  https://www.pnaa.net/events/annual-conference
Aerospace Vision 2025 - British Columbia Engagement Day

The Future of Canada's Aerospace Industry Luncheon
Date: January 28, 2019
Location: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront 1133 W Hastings Street Vancouver, BC
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Join the Hon. Jean Charest and the Hon. Bruce Ralston, British Columbia's Minister of Jobs, Trade and
Technology at a luncheon event. 

$79 AIAC & GVBOT members (use code AEROSPACE 50 )
$158 non-members

Tables of 8:
$750 AIAC & GVBOT members (use code AEROSPACE 50 )
$1500 non-members
Canadian Aerospace Industry Reception
Date: January 28, 2019
Location: BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus 3800 Cessna Drive Richmond, BC
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Representatives of BC's aerospace community (industry, government, educators) are invited to attend an industry reception with Hon. Jean Charest at the British Columbia Institute of Technology's Aerospace Technology Campus. 

This event is free-of-charge but you must register to attend.
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WCDIA 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  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
SHOT Show 2019
January 22 - 25, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Aerospace Vision 2025 - British Columbia Engagement Day
January 28, 2019
Vancouver, BC

PNAA 18th Annual Aerospace Conference
February 11 - 14, 2019
Seattle, WA

WCDIA "Getting in the Game" Workshop
February 12 - 13, 2019
Edmonton, AB

Western Innovation Forum
March 7, 2019
Vancouver, BC
Saskatchewan Aerospace and Defence Forum
March 19, 2019
Regina, SK
Registration Coming Soon

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

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

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