March 20, 2020
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.

We continue to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the volitility around events over 50 people. We are currently continuing with our plans for WestDef 2020 and we will continue to follow the recommendations of the Government as we face this outbreak.

We are also exploring the option of holding online workshop events in order to best protect our staff and valued members. More updates will come as we make further plans.

With the school and child care closures we are experiencing slower response times. We will do our best to answer inquireries in a timely manner.

Stay safe and healthy through these uncertain times.

The WCDIA Team
Featured News
Looking for Alberta Manufacturers in Response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the Canadian Government is looking for manufacturing suppliers across the country that can easily pivot to provide essential products and services needed during this time. In particular they are looking for distillers that could make hand sanitizer, apparel manufacturers for personal protective equipment, and injection molding and additive manufacturers for respirators and parts.

Please refer to the BuyandSell website.
Suppliers that could provide items from the list, or other items not listed, please complete the  submission form for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) products and services .
Specifically noted as being of interest are:

  • Disposable N95 masks
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Gowns
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Other prevention products

  • Guard / security services
  • Nursing services
  • Food services
  • Laundry services
  • Accommodation maintenance services
  • Personal services
  • IT support services
  • Other services
Interested parties can contact the following for more information:
Tel: 1-800-811-1148
NGen who is the lead on the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster out of Hamilton will no doubt be playing a huge role in helping gather potential companies for these products. You can also refer to the NGen website or call Bridget Bohan to discuss.
Her number is 519-831-1424.
Request for Information from Peraton Canada
Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP)

Peraton Canada has issued an RFI to help them identify potential suppliers and potential ITB partners for the Future Fighter Capability Project.

Deadline for submissions is March 31,2020.

Submissions and Enquiries to be submitted by email to .
COVID-19: Key Information Tools & Business Supports

We have included some links which may help support your business through these unprecidented times:

Work-Sharing Program - Temporary special measures:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada:

Export Development Canada COVID-19:

Business Development Bank of Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus:

Business Development Bank of Canada – Additional Measures to Provide Relief:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Resources for Canadian businesses:

COVID-19 subscription for Public Health Updates:

March 2020 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:
Update on IDEaS
In response to the evolving situation with regards to COVID-19, the IDEaS program team is operating at a highly reduced capacity. As such, the current IDEaS program of work will be delayed. No new challenges will be released until further notice. 
We will continue to assess the situation and will provide updates when they are available.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. 
The IDEaS Team
Member Showcase
Inland Machining Services Ltd.

IMS has been providing machining, welding and mechanical services since 1994. Our capacity in regards to machining ranges from small prototype one off parts to large quantity production runs. We have a wide variety of machine tools, both manual and CNC, and are capable of turning materials up to 55" in diameter.

IMS offers complete welding and fabricating services (both in-house and mobile) - FCAW, SMAW, GMAW, and TIG - Materials include but are not limited to: Mild Steel, 4140, EN30B, Stainless, Cast, Aluminum.

We also offer mechancial services which include but are not limited to: Hydraulic Cylinder Rebuilds, Gearbox Repairs, Fan Unit Repairs, Pump Repair.

IMS has full time Quality Control personnel dedicated to ensuring that your product is made according to your specifications.

IMS is a one stop shop for companies looking for machining, welding, fabricating, and mechanical repair, eliminating the hassle of moving products or jobs from one shop to the next.

"We believe quality product and service creates its own demand"

Coffee Club
Coffee Clubs Postponed until June 2020

Given the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak we have decided to suspend all networking events until June at which time we will re-evaluate based on the safety of our members and the public.

More information will be available as we learn more.
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
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June 23-24, 2020
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June 23-25, 2020
Calgary, AB
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