WestDef 2017


July 4, 2017
12:00 - 16:00Trade Show Floor set-up
17:00 - 20:00Rendezvous Reception & Early Delegate Registration
July 5, 2017
07:30 - 08:30Continental breakfast available
08:00 - 08:10Opening Remarks
Jim Gillespie, Director of Programs, Harris Canada Systems, Inc.
08:15 - 09:00Breakfast Keynote
Minister Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Camille Boulet, COS ADM(S&T), Department of National Defence
09:00Trade Show Floor & B2B Cafe Open
09:00 - 10:00Session #1: Canada's New Defence Policy Panel
Moderator: Kelly Williams, Senior Director Strategy and Government Relations, General Dynamics Mission System Canada
David Bercuson, Programs Director, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Tim Choi, PhD Candidate, Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies
David Perry, Senior Analyst & Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
10:00 - 11:00Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00Keynote: Canada's New Defence Policy, the Fiscal Situation and the Outlook for Canada
David Perry, Senior Analyst & Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
11:45 - 12:15Mexican Lunch Buffet available
12:00 - 13:00Luncheon Keynote - Perspectives on the New Canadian Defence Policy
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, MP, Calgary Nose Hill , House of Commons
13:00 - 14:30Session #2: Changes to Defence Procurement; What is Required to Implement
Moderator: Kelly Williams, Senior Director Strategy and Government Relations, General Dynamics Mission System Canada
Jake Jacobson, Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, Babcock Canada Inc.
Duane Barry, Vice President Business Development, QinetiQ Canada
David Hargreaves, Vice President, Aerospace and Defence, MDA
14:30 - 15:30Networking Break
15:30 - 16:30Session #3: Experimental Ship Programme - Industry Engagement
Commander Matt Plaschka, Directorate New Capability Introduction, Royal Canadian Navy
Christopher Baird, Director, Build in Canada Innovation Program, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, PSPC
17:00 - 20:00Stampede Evening Reception
July 6, 2017
07:30 - 08:30Breakfast buffet available (Breakfast sandwiches, fruit, yogurt, juices, coffee, tea)
08:15 - 09:00Breakfast Keynote - Expanding the Aerospace Footprint in Western Canada
David C. Curtis, President & CEO , Viking Air Limited
09:00Trade Show Floor & B2B Cafe Open
09:00 - 09:45Session #4 - The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy - Economic Impact, Perspectives and Guidance
Dominique Kowlessar, Director, Policy, Planning and Management Services, Industrial and Technological Benefits, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
09:45 - 10:30Networking Break
09:45 - 10:30WCDIA AGM - Deerfoot Room
10:30 - 12:00Session #5: Domestic In Service Support and Procurement - Challenges and Lessons Learned
Moderator: Jim Gillespie, Director of Programs, Harris Canada Systems, Inc.
Jake Jacobson, Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, Babcock Canada Inc.
Michael Sliva, Head of Commercial Management, Defence & Security - Canada Region, CAE Inc.
Rick Fawcett, Director TacCIS Solutions, General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada
Linda Wolstencroft, President, Aerospace BizDev
11:45 - 12:15Coast Deli Buffet Lunch
12:00 - 13:00Luncheon Keynote
Thomas Goodman, Director, International Business Development, Raytheon
13:00 - 14:30Session #6: Cyber for In Service Support
Moderator: Kim Grant, Raytheon
Thomas Goodman, Director, International Business Development, Raytheon
Ken Barker, Professor , University of Calgary
Tim Kline, Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert, CIRRUS Research Associates
Martin J. Delaney, Senior Vice President, Leader, Cyber & Risk Management Services , Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada
Clayton Sopel, Systems Engineer, Palo Alto Networks
14:30 - 15:15Networking Break
15:15 - 16:00Session #7: WestDef 2017 Summary and Action plans
16:00 - 16:15Closing Remarks

Key points selected to discuss at WestDef 2017 are:

Defence Policy Review

Last year the Government of Canada announced that they launched a Defence Policy Review and invited Canadians to participate in the process by attending public sessions providing written submissions to the committee. As a result of that, the format of our annual WestDef event was changed into a forum we called The Voice of the West. Following that successful event we submitted a formal paper to the Defence Policy Review committee. WestDef 2017 will spend Day 1 of the conference discussing and analysing the DPR through keynote and panel presentations as well as a comparison against our recommendations in the Voice of the West White paper WCDIA submitted.

Domestic ISS

In-service support is an important element of CAF operations. When speaking at the 2016 Aerospace Summit, Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, got it right when she spoke about how important sustaining operations and equipment in the CAF is. Looking at the CF-18 as an example, the recent announcement about CF-18 operations extending to the 2030 timeframe means that by end of life, Canadian industry will have supported CF-18 operations in Canada for 45 years. In another example, DND is launching an effort to establish a 20 year long ISS program for support of the Halifax Class Frigate. If you think about that, it becomes clear that a robust sustainment program will give Canadian workers the opportunity to spend an entire career providing support to a single fleet of aircraft, ships or vehicles. There is significant opportunity for Canadian companies to create long-term employment in high quality jobs for Canadians. When the government buys fleets of ships, aircraft and armored vehicles, the CAF will sail, fly and drive them for over 20 years. The new fleet of ships and the future fighter fleet are expected to be in service in excess of 40 years. While the main structures are designed to operate for that very long period of time, operational tactics and equipment obsolescence will mean that several upgrades to on board systems will be necessary over the life of the fleet.

There are many small and medium-sized companies in Canada that are already manufacturing parts for the mainframe ship and aircraft builders. Those companies are well positioned to continue to provide material to support the system upgrades that will take place over the fleet life. In short, the supply chain that is needed to keep the CAF operational and enable it to complete its missions needs to be well developed and robust. We plan to continue to be a leader in providing in-service support and sustainment to the CAF.

Cyber Hardening for ISS

The focus of the panel is on area of cyber convergence between military and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The panel will present and discuss potential solutions to decrease vulnerability of current and future systems as most in service support systems are upgraded and integrated with modern industrial control systems (e.g. SCADA). The panel will also gather actionable items that will be used to create a focused action plan for Western companies and respective provincial governments. The conversation and corresponding Action 

Plan will tackle the following topics:

1.       Converged Cyber™ - Raytheon

2.       Cyber Hardening and Information Assurance

3.       Cyber Penetration Testing – cyber proving ground for critical systems

4.       Cyber Security Operation Centres – Insider Threat mitigation

5.       Cyber Reasoning Systems

6.       Cyber for Autonomous Systems

A government-commissioned report states that Canada is “simply not up to the overall challenge” of cybercrime, state-sponsored attacks or lone hackers according to a report by The Canadian Press. According to the report’s authors, Canada is a prime target for cybercrime, state-sponsored attacks and lone hackers, and government officials have a crucial role to play in helping to fend them off. The report concludes that the Canadian government must partner with the private sector and the US to tackle the problem.

There is evidence that this will be an area that will get a lot of attention in the coming year. As reported in a recent news article by CTV News, the University of New Brunswick opened a cybersecurity institute on 16 January. The institute will work with industry and government to “enhance training and research” in the new domain. This is an effort to educate and to collect information on the status and capability for cyber hardening within Canada. The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity has been given $4.5M in funding and will offer everything from week-long crash courses to PhDs. Funding is being provided through Federal and Provincial government sources, along with UNB and private sector participants. IBM is the institute’s first research and development partner.