WestDef 2017

          CONFERENCE INFO                                                   


WestDef is an event for companies, government and academia in the defence industry as well as those companies looking to find opportunities in the sector. Our conference format has proven perfect to connect primes and large companies with SME’s for the purposes of supplier development and R&D activities. The event also provides B2B and B2G meeting opportunities to bring all participants together for focused introductions. The attendees include top level military, government officials, major procurement officials, and representation from the industry supply chain, from large prime contractors to supplying companies.

The presentations and panel sessions provide an excellent opportunity to present current government programs and industry activities to all the participants, allows all delegates to voice opinions in a collaborative environment. WCDIA is proud to submit these outcomes as white paper recommendations to the government of Canada on behalf of industry. This is the opportunity for your voice to be heard and your participation to be meaningful.

New in 2017 will be the addition of Cyber. We will explore the future of cybersecurity and cyber hardening in the defence industry as well as discussing the opportunities that exist today and into the future. If you are a company involved in the cyber industry and want to explore defence opportunities, this is a must attend event.


Complimentary to all registrants of the event, booking your B2B will permit you to connect with other WestDef participants. Pre-booking 15 your minute meetings that will take place during the conference in the B2B Café, your exhibitor booth or the adjacent lounge space. Delegates will be able to use our online app to facilitate the meeting process.


In lieu of speaker gifts for WestDef 2018, WCDIA will be making a donation to the Veterans Food Bank. 


Air Canada is offering a discounted rate for delegates of WestDef. Go to aircanada.com to book, using promo code: YMJGY341
Promo code is valid on flights from June 27 through July 13. 

Accommodations are not included in your registration fees.   Group rate deadline FRIDAY, JUNE 26

Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB

To book:  Call hotel directly at 1.403.248.8888 or toll free 1.800.661.1464 or email res@calgaryplaza.com
Quote group Western Canadian Defense Industries Association, or CPC-GFC23628

Direct booking link.

WestDef Group Rates (excluding taxes):
Comfort Room (Two queen beds) $125
Superior Room (One king bed) $150
Jacuzzi Suite $200
Executive Suite $220

Hotel details:

Modern rooms have flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, plus free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living and dining areas; some have whirlpool tubs. Room service is available.

Amenities consist of an on-site bistro and a lounge, 24 hour room service breakfast, an indoor pool, a fitness centre and a sauna. The hotel also offers laundry facilities, a gift shop, and event spaces, along with pet-friendly rooms (fee).
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Accessible
  • Indoor pool
  • Air-conditioned
  • Laundry service
  • Complimentary scheduled airport shuttle service 



Business casual or Stampede dress including jeans and collared shirt. 

Calgary's weather can be unpredictable, even in the summer! Consider bringing appropriate outerwear. 
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