WestDef 2018




WestDef is an event for companies including SME's, 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. This is the opportunity for your voice to be heard and your participation to be meaningful.

The capital portion of Canada’s Defence budget is slated to grow from $4B/yr to $10B/yr over the next decade.  

Government policy requires that 15% of this value be directed to Small to Medium Enterprises.

This means Defence contractors will be looking for up to $1.5B/yr of input from small companies.

Attend WestDef 2018 to learn about these opportunities and connect with key individuals.


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. 


In lieu of speaker gifts at WestDef 2018, WCDIA will be making a donation on behalf of all participants. 


WestJet (Travel between June 19, 2018 to July 5, 2018)

Coupon Code: V32EH11
Promo Code (Call in only):

Please visit https://westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Air Canada (Travel between June 19, 2018 to July 5, 2018)

Promo Code: YC3YDJM1

To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Applicable Rules:
  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Calgary, YYC (AB)
  • Travel is valid Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango.


Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, Calgary, AB

Accommodations are not included in your registration fees.

Group rate deadline FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

To book:  Call hotel directly at 1.403.248.8888 or toll free 1.800.661.1464 or email res@calgaryplaza.com

Group Western Canadian Defence Industries Association.
Reservation Number: CPC-GFC25209

Direct booking link.

WestDef Group Rates (excluding taxes):

Comfort Room (Two queen beds) $125
Superior Room (One king bed) $150

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, 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 (Please call hotel directly to book)


Business casual. 

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