November 06, 2018
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.
"Getting in the Game" Workshop
November 14 - 15, 2018

WCDIA hosted another round of our "Getting in the Game" workshop this past week with participants receiving 2 days of comprehensive instruction on doing business in the defence industry.

Our participants were introduced to the ITB program and how they can benefit with presentations from industry experts and government representatives. They were given the chance to develop and practice their value proposition and given practical suggestions to improve their presentations. Once they polished their pitch, they were given the opportunity to show their value propositions to prime contractors in b2b sessions for a final review.

Special thanks to Jim Gillespie, Vice President of Peraton, for his presentation as our Prime Contractor which really helped bring all the information together for our participants.

We want to thank everyone for supporting the WCDIA Workshop Program and wish everyone the best in their future endeavours.

For those of you who missed it or are considering "Getting in the Game" please note our next workshop will be taking place in Edmonton, February 12 - 13, 2019. Registration coming soon!
WCDIA Holiday Social                                 

Join us for some holiday cheer, do some networking, and once again help support the Veterans' Food Bank.   Be sure to mark your calendars.

Event will be catered, with beer and wine available. Tickets $20/person with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Veterans' Food Bank. We will have a food drive on location.

Date: December 13th, 2018
Location: Atrium in 1925 - 18 Ave NE
Time: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

We are currently looking for a few sponsors or volunteers to help with the Christmas Party this year. If you or your company is interested, please contact kgavinchuk[at] .
WCDIA Holiday Office Closure

Please note the WCDIA Offices will be closed for the holidays from December 21, 2018 through January 4, 2019. Offices will re-open January 9, 2019.
Featured News
The 2018 Start Alberta Tech Awards

Congratulations to 2 of our members; VizworX and ATTAbotics for winning the first honours in their categories - Fast growth award (under $5M) and Fast growth award (over $5M) respectively. The awards are given to Alberta companies who make a significant impact on the province's tech sector.

Find out more here.
Open Call for Proposals:
Unmanned Aerial Systems BVLOS Capability Development

LOOKNorth and Unmanned Systems Canada are collaborating to lead a national cluster of industry and academia to develop the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry in Canada, with a focus on accelerating the commercialization of UAS-based beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) remote sensing applications. LOOKNorth/USC are establishing a testbed for collecting relevant performance data from flight trials and to evaluate these data using a common risk assessment tool.
This national testbed is intended to promote collaboration amongst Canadian companies to create and utilize a common risk model for all flight trials. Over time, the aggregation of data and the resulting analyses will support evidence-based recommendations to Transport Canada to support development of BVLOS regulations. 
The overall objective of the national industry cluster is to create a risk-based process to assess concepts of operation through a common test bed that utilizes a Transport Canada approved risk model. The results of the flight trials and the associated risk assessments provide data to support evidence-based BVLOS regulations. Ultimately, it is expected that the process will drive the development of new markets, attract investment and improve the competitive position of Canadian companies in a global marketplace.

Project Scope and Intent
LOOKNorth is soliciting proposals from Canadian-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with interest in advancing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems (UAV / UAS) into BVLOS operations and applications. Project funding is currently offered for projects that demonstrate simulated BVLOS concepts of operations.

The full proposal document may be viewed and downloaded from the LOOKNorth website at: 

For further information or to answer any questions you may have, please contact:
Neil Cater, Program Manager
Phone: 709-864-7808
Raytheon Cyber Challenge
Launch Date: November 30th, 2018

In the massively complex and chaotic environment of cyberspace, owners and defenders of interconnected networks require controlled environments to accurately and safely assess their defenses and effectiveness of day-to-day operations. Enormous amounts of data are generated and distributed from and across critical infrastructure operators as they are converging their Operational Technologies with emerging technologies such Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) technologies.

Data intensive Critical Infrastructure Systems are becoming more reliant on data driven decisions resulting in enhanced insights and substantial savings; however, connected devices are subjected to risks of cyberattacks. As systems become more connected, the risks of cyberattacks become greater. The ability of OT, IIoT and UAS enabled technology to easily connect with existing software and control systems further expands the threat.

To mitigate and counter this economic threat to our industries, Raytheon plans to implement an Alberta based fit-for-purpose Cyber Operations, Development and Evaluation (CODE™) Centre which includes a cyber range capability. Our cyber range capabilities will provide a broad set of Critical Infrastructure Tools (CITs) and a unique range automation capability that will help strengthen the stability, security and performance of cyber infrastructures for Operational Technologies (OT), IIoT and UAS based systems used by large global companies, SMEs and government agencies.

Alberta Innovates and Raytheon Canada Limited are challenging Alberta Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to bring forward high-potential solutions to help counter the escalating threats of cyberattack and protect Alberta’s economic future.

Showcase your innovative cyber security solution with one of the world’s foremost leaders in advanced technology. Are you up for the Challenge?

The Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) supports the commercialization of made-in-Alberta technologies by accelerating the development, demonstration, evaluation and adoption into the global market. ASBIRI is a flexible, sector agnostic platform program meant to catalyze unique partnerships between relevant stakeholders, industry leaders, and Alberta SMEs to create economic benefits for Albertans.

Visit the Challenge webpage more information:

Or contact:
Alistair Hazewinkel,
Senior Business Partner, Funding Solutions Alberta Innovates
(780) 450-5334
Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy: What You Should Know
Presented by:
Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance, FACULTY OF SCIENCE
and the
Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, FACULTY OF ARTS

Monday 26 November
1:00 - 5:30 pm
University of Calgary Downtown Campus

The Canadian Government has adopted a new National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) that focuses on society as much as state. The NCSS requires a much more thorough relationship between state and society, including secret agencies and open bodies, which in turn challenges conventional views about the boundaries of the state, and the liberties of the citizen. It intensifies the old dilemmas of the relationship between liberty and security. This workshop brings, law enforcement, industry, and academia to discuss nuances and challenges of implementing the new strategy.

Confirmed Speakers: John Ferris, History, University of Calgary; Emily Laidlaw, Law, University of Calgary; Joel Reardon, ISPIA, University of Calgary; Marc Kneppers, Telus; Mike Nesbitt, Law, University of Calgary, Ray Patterson, Haskayne School of Business; Bill McAuley, Assist, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General/Sheriff’s Branch; Mike Lalande, Calgary Police Service.

Please RSVP to
Member Showcase
In-Flight Data is a southern Alberta based UAV technology company, focused on timely, high quality spatial data acquisition and delivery that their partners and customers trust to make important business and mission-critical decisions.
Since 2014, they have focused on the agriculture, public safety, municipal and energy sectors. They have a proven track record of safe UAV operations with zero safety incidents over work sites that are routinely measured in sections.
They work on projects using compliant aircraft and field-tested procedures to ensure the highest quality aerial work, for some of Canada's largest and most respected companies, organizations and government agencies.

These are some items of excellence for In-Flight Data:
  • In-Flight has a standing national permit for Complex Operations anywhere in Canada in Class C/D/E/F and G airspace
  • They just completed Canada’s largest-ever BVLOS project, achieving over 2,700km of BVLOS and earning three Guinness World Records as a result, and becoming the first civilian UAV Operator to fly BVLOS in an urban area in North America.
  • They presented the closing keynote speech at the Unmanned Systems Canada conference in Vancouver on BVLOS, in addition to presentations on UAV use for Disaster Emergency Management, as well as a panelist on the development of Unmanned Traffic Management Systems in Canada.
  • They have also just has standardized the Province of Alberta Search and Rescue Governance and Operating Procedures, affecting 1,200 people, 35 teams, 285 deployments and over 180,000 person-hours. They are now interoperable with the RCMP as a result.
  • They deliver award-nominated Advanced UAV training through Bow Valley College, as well as award-nominated Enterprise UAV program development with large industries and government agencies.

Contact: 1-403-512-8805
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  to let us know you are interested.
Available dates*:
  • December 11, 2018
  • January 15, 2019
  • 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
Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy: What You Should Know
November 26, 2018
Calgary, AB

IITSEC ( Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference)
November 26 - 30, 2018
Orlando, FL

WCDIA Holiday Social
December 13, 2018
Calgary, AB
If you or your company is interested in sponsorship, please contact

CES Conference 2019
January 8 - 11, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

SHOT Show 2019
January 22 - 25, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
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