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.
Unmanned Canada 2018 Report

Last week WCDIA President Denean Tomlin attended UnmannedCanada 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Over 250 attendees came together for 3 days of panels and speaker sessions to discuss the future of UAS (now referred to as RPAS) within a variety of industries. WCDIA members and delegates from across western Canada were in strong attendance. BVLOS and UTM were hot topics, as were applications in C-UAS and security. Denean was also invited to represent WCDIA at the 3rd annual Women in Drones luncheon on day 2 of the conference organized by the USC Board. This luncheon celebrates women in STEM and leadership in UAS companies. 

The industry is ripe with bold opportunities, progressive entrepreneurs and bright minds all set on a course to make major changes in how things are done in air, land and sea. WCDIA looks forward to staying connected with our new contacts, working with UAS companies in aerospace, defence and security and helping those entering the market. We also look forward to future collaborations with Unmanned Systems Canada.

WCDIA would like to congratulate the 2018 UC2018 Conference Committee and the Board of Unmanned Systems Canada for another great conference. We look forward to seeing everyone at UnmannedCanada 2019 in Ottawa, November 7-11, 2019.
2 Day Workshop
"Getting in the Game" - ITB's for SME's
Doing business in the defence industry
November 14 - 15, 2018
Calgary, AB

The Western Canadian Defence Industry Association (WCDIA) is holding a 2 day workshop regarding Canada's Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) framework. Geared to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Post-Secondary Institutions and Research Agencies, the sessions will be delivered so that organizations can build knowledge and skills to better position themselves to participate in engagement activities with prime defence contractors, some of which are managing off-set obligations in the range of several billion dollars. 

Session #1  will provide a basic understanding of the federal policy that ensures Canadian small business and public institutions benefit from military procurement. 
Session #2  will assist SMEs and public institutions develop their Value Proposition so as to harness ITB opportunities and government defence contracts. 
Session #3  will provide SMEs and public institutions registered in the series with direct "hands-on" experience with a select group of prime defence contractors applying the lessons learned for "getting in the game". 

The complete workshop consists of all 3 Sessions and takes place over the 2 day time period.

The series is designed and delivered by WCDIA.

Price: $899 (+GST) for WCDIA Members / $999 (+GST) for Non-Members
  • Prices include the 2 day workshop (3 complete seminars), coffee breaks and lunch provided for up to 2 attendees (must be from the same company).

Only 10 Spots Available
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] .
Featured News
Another round of Innovative Solutions Canada challenges are here.
Sponsoring department:  Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
This challenge is seeking innovative solutions to provide superior sound quality for remote interpretation (RI) as current devices do not provide sufficient voice frequency (VF) range for interpretation and can cause workplace injuries and interruptions of service. The Bureau is seeking a solution that meets ISO standards.

Sponsoring department:  Shared Services Canada (SSC)
Shared Services Canada is seeking solutions that would enable low-cost high-speed Internet access to Government of Canada employees and Canadian citizens who work or live in remote areas around the world.

Sponsoring department:  Transport Canada (TC)
Save lives — and reduce injuries — by accelerating the adoption of effective, low-cost technologies that improve pedestrian and bicyclists' safety around commercial vehicles.

Sponsoring department:  Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard
Coast Guard seeks solutions for harnessing kinetic energy from the roll, pitch and yaw of marine vessels with the goal of reducing energy consumption and reliance on externally-sourced and stored energy.

Sponsoring department:  Correctional Services Canada
Correctional Services Canada (CSC) is seeking a technological solution to manage/prevent unauthorized use of wireless communication devices thereby preventing inmates from conducting illegal activities using such devices.

Sponsoring department:  Correctional Services Canada
Correctional Services Canada (CSC) is seeking an innovative and cost-effective technology solution to detect, track and prevent contraband items from entering the perimeter via Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), commonly known as drones, and fence throw-over.

Sponsoring department:  Correctional Services Canada
Correctional Services Canada (CSC) is seeking a solution to monitor the life signs of inmates and identify critical conditions that would typically lead to death in custody and provide prompt notification of such situation thereby reducing the time for staff to respond to the situation.

Sponsoring department:  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Precision agriculture technology is tailored to farms above 500 acres in size, so with farms below that acreage, or with an annual income below $75,000, the rate of adoption of these technologies declines significantly.

Sponsoring department:  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) is seeking a solution that allows for greater homogeneity of soil samples through their efficient and consistent collection, leading to greater reliability and accuracy of test results.
Women Entrepreneurship Strategy

Western Economic Diversification Canada is pleased to share that the Government of Canada launched the  Women Entrepreneurship Fund , a new program under the Budget 2018  Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This Fund along with the  WES Ecosystem Fund  is part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, networks and advice.
Western Economic Diversification Canada, along with the other regional development agencies across the country, will be working with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to deliver these two funds.
The WES Ecosystem Fund
This $85 million, five-year program will strengthen capacity of organizations supporting women entrepreneurs by ensuring they have the business supports they need to start or grow a business.
Projects must be led by not-for-profit organizations and must respond to the needs of diverse and under-represented women. There is a national/multi-regional stream and a regional stream under the fund.
Applications for the WES Ecosystem Fund close on November 22, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at .
The Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Investments under this program will help women-owned and women-led businesses to grow their existing businesses, so they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide non-repayable funding up to $100,000 for projects that focus on the:
  • pursuit of market opportunities abroad;
  • scale-up, expansion and growth; and,
  • additional activities that support the objectives of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Applications for the Women Entrepreneurship Fund closes on November 15, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at .
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages for additional information:
For further information, please contact Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) at  or 1-800-328-6189.
U.S. Embassy-led Buyer Delegation to SHOT Show 2019
The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Canada is pleased to invite Canadian buyers to apply to join our U.S. Embassy-led Buyer Delegation to the  SHOT Show , January 22-25, 2019  at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.
The cost to apply to join the U.S. Embassy-led Buyer Delegation is  US$30 (Approx. CDN$38)  payable by credit card. The following are the benefits you will receive:
  1. Complimentary Registration for the exhibition hall admission (US$70-US$350 savings).
  2. Limited complimentary seats for Educational Seminars: There are limited complimentary seats available that will be provided upon request on a first come, first serve basis.
  3. Use of the International Trade Center (ITC) with conference rooms for private meetings. (You may schedule meetings rooms with U.S. exhibitors in advance or on on-site.)
  4. Badge printing in the International Trade Center (ITC) to avoid regular registration lines.
  5. Special VIP/IBP recognition badge holder so you will be visible to U.S. exhibitors.
  6. Complimentary Wi-Fi and computer access with printing in the ITC.
  7. Invitation to International Reception
  8. Continental Breakfast and snacks each official show day in the ITC. (LUNCH WILL NOT BE PROVIDED)
Attendance as part of our delegation is  RESTRICTED  to commercial  BUYERS  or  INFLUENCERS  to the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade and commercial buyers of military, law enforcement and tactical products and services only. 
Please indicate your interest in being part of the delegation by registering at:
Invitation: CES 2019, Las Vegas - Deadline Nov 30th
Alberta Economic Development and Trade and Tech West Canada invite you to participate in the western Canadian delegation to the world’s gathering place for consumer technologies - CES 2019 in Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for details on the trade mission activities and benefits. For more information on CES, go to .

Special support for Alberta Companies (Updated!):

Eligible Alberta SMEs can apply for support to offset mission costs – like hotel and travel costs – from the Alberta Export Expansion Package (AEEP) - Export Support Fund. Applications for the Export Support Fund should be submitted at least  30 business days (roughly 6 weeks)  before the first activity  (i.e. by November 16 for travel on January 6) .

NOTE:  Please review the new eligibility for Software and interactive digital media companies and Technology pilot, which waive some of the standard eligibility criteria.

To learn more and apply, visit: .
The Federal Government also offers the CanExport Program:   

For more information and to register for the mission, please go to: .

The deadline to register as part of the western Canadian delegation is  November 30th .

Or contact for more information:

Aimee Charest, Senior Trade & Investment Officer, Americas
Alberta Economic Development &Trade
(780) 644-1129
Member Showcase
Innovative Wings Inc. is a small company that was created 19 years ago to provide aircraft builder assistance to those building Home-built or Experimental Aircraft.
Specializing in composite construction, the company has evolved into providing composite repair and manufacturing capabilities to both the privet and commercial aviation industries.

Over the years Innovative Wings Inc. has built some of the worlds highest performing experimental aircraft and some of these aircraft have gone on to win major events within the Experimental Aviation industry world wide.

Contact: 1-403-247-8890
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
WCDIA "Getting in the Game" Workshop
November 14 - 15, 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
We are currently looking for a few sponsors to help with the Christmas Party this year. If you or your company is interested, please contact
Registration Coming Soon

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

SHOT Show 2019
January 22 - 25, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
WCDIA | 403.710.0982   |   |
This email was sent by Western Canadian Defence Industries Association (WCDIA). WCDIA promotes Western businesses as viable suppliers for federal defence procurement initiatives. WCDIA aims to provide a means of mutual support to Tier 2 and smaller Western Canadian companies; to help develop their ability to serve the procurement needs of the Canadian defence industry. The WCDIA’s intent is to provide its members with practical training and advice on critical tools and issues.