May 21, 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.
WCDIA Online Poll
Would you participate in an online B2B event?
After much deliberation, WCDIA has decided to cancel WestDef 2020 due to the limits on gatherings still being in effect. With the re-opening activities in Canada after the COVID-19 Shut-downs still progressing slowly, we feel it would be best to postpone event activities until July at the earliest.

We are working on determining the interest in putting on an online B2B event and moving our Workshops online. We will re-evaluate the event planning in July based on the success of the economy re-opening.

We thank everyone for their interest and continued support.

The WCDIA Team
Featured News
Office of Naval Research Funding Opportunity

Although the deadline to apply is only a few days away, DND wanted to inform you about an opportunity. The Office of Naval Research in the United States is looking for applications from universities and industry in three subject areas, namely:
  • Tailored material and manufacturing;
  • Multifunctional maritime films for persistent and survivable platforms and warfighters; and
  • Object detection and identification in any medium (air, water, sand, earth).
The Office of Naval Research Global seeks to foster relationships with the international science community and build long-lasting partnerships worldwide. To do so, the command has launched Global-X, a nine-month international science challenge worth up to $750,000 to encourage ground breaking research from all around the world.

Global-X is designed to stimulate new, high-risk, multidisciplinary research ideas with both military and commercial value, to solve present and future U.S. Navy and Marine Corps technology needs.
Researchers from academia and industry, encompassing all disciplines and countries, are invited to form multinational teams to address any challenge area. A special notice with specific details about Global-X can be found at

Significant Dates and Times:
•       White Paper Submission Date: May 25, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. EDT
•       Notification of White Paper Valuation: June 5, 2020, by 5 p.m. EDT
•       Full Proposal Submission: July 13, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. EDT
•       Notification of Selection: Full Proposals: July 31, 2020, by 5 p.m. EDT
•       Grant Awards: Sept. 7, 2020, by 5 p.m. EDT

Call for Industry Demonstrations During NATO Crisis Management Exercise 2021 (CMX21) from ACT

HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) is issuing this Request For Information (RFI) announcement in order to determine what level of interest may exist for industry demonstrations during Crisis Management Exercise 2021 (CMX21).

Suppliers wishing to respond to this RFI should read the attached document carefully and follow the guidance for responding.

RFI package content attached includes:
Congratulations to Tacteris: Awarded the contract for emergency management software
Tacteris to develop resource logistics application for the Department of National Defence
Tacteris Systems (“Tacteris”) has been awarded a research and development contract under the Innovative Solutions Canada Program, sponsored by Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC), Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). The aim is to develop innovative software to support Canada’s diverse community of emergency response agencies.

A technology gap has been identified in tracking, distributing, and managing equipment, supplies, and personnel during emergencies, particularly large-scale incidents requiring multi-agency response.
Tacteris will develop web-based design concepts to address the resource logistics challenge. Focus will be on streamlined workflows enabling civilian and government agencies to pool resources during an operation. A secure, on-demand shared resource repository, accessible from any mobile device, will also be developed.

“Never before has the need for sustained and streamlined coordination between different agencies been so critical to safeguarding the health and safety of Canadians,” said Sundeep Kharey, Vice President at Tacteris. “We’re working directly with our nation’s emergency response personnel to understand their needs on the frontlines, and we aim to deliver powerful tools that can provide the decisive advantage during a crisis.”

Member Showcase
Quin-Ko Custom Machining Ltd.

Quin-Ko Custom Machining Ltd. is a Red Deer based custom machine shop, dedicated to serving the manufacturing needs of our clients. From prototyping, to smallbatch runs and production orders, Quin-Ko offers the highest standards in precision custom machining and metal work.

We have Accreditation in ISO9001-2015 and registration in the Controlled Goods program. We have always provided quality service and products, but now we have the certification that our customers look for and depend on.

Coffee Club
Coffee Clubs Postponed until July 2020

Given the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak we have decided to suspend all networking events until July 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.
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