March 27, 2019
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Time to say goodbye...
Message from Denean Tomlin, President of WCDIA

After a very challenging and exciting 10 years supporting the aerospace, defence and security industries leading WestDef and WCDIA, I am stepping down as President of our Industry Association. My last day with WCDIA will be April 5, 2019. Our Chairman Doug Brown supported by our Project Manger Kacie Gavinchuk will work closely with the Board and volunteers to keep the ship sailing. I thank them all for the support and commitment to the WCDIA during my time leading the charge.

Reflecting back over the many activities, events and conferences our team has produced and participated in, I am proud to say we have been able to keep the voice of the west active and all levels of industry, government and academia engaged. There are so many successes to celebrate! I thank all who have supported the WCDIA and I encourage you to keep doing so through membership, sponsorship, event participation and networking.

I look forward to staying connected with everyone I have met over the years and I am honoured to be continuing to support this industry in my new role. I will be taking on a new challenge as the ITB/Offsets Manager for Peraton Canada starting April 8, 2019, you will find my new contact information on Linked-In soon.

I wish you all continued success in your endeavours...stay in touch!

Kindest regards,
Denean Tomlin
Another Successful Workshop

WCDIA has completed another successful "Getting in the Game" workshop which was held last week at the Alberta Innovates location in Edmonton.

We would like to thank all the participating companies, prime contractors, presenters and our sponsors - ATB Financial and Alberta Innovates, for helping us put on this workshop and help educate SMB's on doing business in the Defence Industry.

Our next workshop will be held as a plenary to the WestDef Conference held in Calgary in June 2019.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Featured News
Alberta at Paris Air Show June 17-23, 2019

It’s that time of year again where planning is underway for the Paris Air Show, the premier global aerospace and defence show, June 17-23, 2019 to be held in Paris, France at the Le Bourget Airport.
In preparation for the event, the Government of Alberta posted the announcement that Alberta plans to be at the Airshow here

  • submit your company profile for inclusion in the Alberta Associated Exhibitor Guide, free of charge by March 25, 2019, by completing the referenced registration form; and/or
  • attend the show (participants are responsible for purchasing a show pass for their duration and for all travel costs, including accommodations and meals); and/or
  • book a booth space by contacting the AIAC (limited exhibit space is anticipated to be available for SMEs; estimated cost: C$7,000+ each; first come, first served). Contact Mike Mueller -
  • Alberta Export Expansion Package (AEEP): Reminder that eligible Alberta companies can apply for support to offset participation costs through the AEEP: If France does not currently exceed 10 per cent of your company’s sales from the previous year, you may be eligible to apply. Applications for the AEEP should be submitted at least 30 business days (roughly 6 weeks) before the first activity.
  • The Federal CanExport  Insight into recent changes that open eligibility can be found here  
5% off Econo and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel into and out of Paris, France. Please visit  to make a booking online for Travel from June 7 to 30/19
Coupon code: 7B7N4PR
Promo code:: WCC85 (travel agent use only).
Should you be planning to attend the Paris Air Show, Betty Jandworth, the Trade and Investment Director for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade for the Government of Alberta is also seeking your feedback as to who you would like to see be invited to the Business to Business meeting for match making opportunities and if you have any requests for speakers ie Companies ie Airbus, Bombardier; Subject Matter: Global treads in the Aerospace and Defence, Industry 4.0 for the Industry Briefings. Please provide your feedback by  March 25th.

Advanced Engineering 2019

Location: NEC, Birmingham
Dates: October 30 & 31, 2019

Advanced Engineering 2019 , it's the ideal platform to introduce your product to both familiar and unfamiliar markets as the show covers multiple sectors including;  aero  ,  automotive/mobility composites , performance metals  ,  nuclear contract manufacturing , and  medical devices  

February 2019 Funding Bulletin and January Overview of Federal and Provincial Funding Programs

Strategic Timelines releases a bulletin and overview to assist companies become quickly oriented to the  125 Provincial and Federal innovation funding programs.

Find the latest releases below:
Call for proposals - Canada - Germany joint industrial R&D projects

A call for proposals is now open to Canadian SMEs who wish to perform joint R&D projects with enterprises in Germany.
Eligible projects will receive financial support for joint projects through NRC IRAP in Canada and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) ZIM program in Germany.

Open to:  Small and medium-sized enterprises
Sectors of focus:  All industry sectors that are civilian in nature.
Canadian expression of interest deadline (mandatory):  April 26, 2019
Full application deadline:  June 28, 2019

For more info, please refer to the detailed  call for proposals  or contact  Andrew Bauder

Why should Canadian SMEs apply?
  • This is the 5th Call for proposals for joint R&D projects through the BMWi's ZIM program (Central Innovation Program for SMEs).
  • Germany is one of the NRC’s priority economies of focus for strengthening innovation and R&D collaboration.
  • Germany is the world’s 4th largest economy and the largest economy in Europe.
  • Germany is the largest domestic market in Europe and is the hub of the broader European market.
  • More than 99% of Germany’s 3.6 million companies are SMEs.
  • German-produced goods, particularly from the chemical, automotive and machinery industries, are in high demand worldwide.
  • The public and private sector in Germany invest heavily in R&D activity, including in key technologies such as information and communication technologies, microsystems, manufacturing, materials, optics, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
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:
Member Showcase
General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada is one of the country’s most innovative defence and security technology companies, providing advanced thinking, design expertise, and implementation know-how to equip military and first responders with leading-edge hardware, software and systems. Our business groups include: Land Communications, Airborne Mission Systems, Underwater Warfare and Cyber Solutions.
We work closely with our suppliers to manufacture, integrate, and deliver hardware and software for our customers. Our supply chain includes small and large businesses that are dedicated to delivering high quality components for our mission-critical products and solutions.

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*:
  • 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
 International Aerospace Week
April 15 - 18, 2019
Montreal, QB

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

May 20 - 22, 2019
Oslo, Norway
June 25
Calgary, AB

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

Advanced Engineering 2019
Oct 30 - 31, 2019
NEC, Birmingham
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