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Industry Intelligence
Sept 18, 2017
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General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada – Small and Medium Enterprise/Business Initiative 2017

 The Calgary GDMS-C facility is focused on tactical communications and mobile networks, additionally we are a Prime Systems Integrator (PSI), developer of military networking products, and we execute several large scale support contracts for the Canadian Armed Forces and British Army. 

 As part of our Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program, we are currently focusing on our future initiatives with the creation of our Future Tactical Network (FTN).  With our IRAD project in mind, and as part of our GDMS-C Small and Medium Enterprise/Business (SME/B) engagement strategy, it our intention to run a small competition for local SME/B technologies to be integrated into our IRAD efforts. 

The aim is to spark engagement and bring SME/B talent to the forefront with the help of a prime OEM (GDMS-C).  Additionally, the SME/B will be potentially exposed to new customers, and we will look to engage their technology in our current and future efforts. 

 Through this competition one or more local SME/B’s will be selected based on simple RFP to provide existing products ready for integration.  The selected SME/B will be placed under sub-contract with some limited funding, and proceed with working to integrate their respective products with our team. 

The current schedule for this initiative is as follows:

a.        No later than 22 September 2017 – register for the Industry Briefing Event.

b.       26 September 2017 – Industry Briefing Event and release of the RFP

c.       6 October 2017 – RFP proposal deadline.

d.       16 October 2017 – selected SME/B notified

e.       23 October – 30 November 2017:  Integration with GDMS-C IRAD project.

f.        Week of 4 December 2017:  GDMS-C IRAD demonstration.

For more information contact Sebastien Leclerc,   Registration needs to be received no later than 22 September 2017


Drone Technology Demonstration Workshop in Svalbard, Sweden, October 24-25.

We are now looking for companies and organizations that would like to participate and/or demonstrate their products or services for the scientists and research community. This might also lead to future business cases as the scientists will use drone and sensor technologies within their scope of work.

We are currently preparing the time slots for the workshop if any Canadian companies are interested in participating to contact Annelie Sule as soon as possible, so a time slot can be secured.


Annelie Sule // Space Innovation Manager,Umbilical Design 

ESA - European Space Agency - Technology Transfer Broker, Sweden 

Grev Turegatan 14 I 114 46 Stockholm // Sweden

Mobile: +46 (0) 736 14 06 16 


They are currently leading a project called “Drones in Arctic Environments”, which is a work package within the larger EUproject INTERACT. They are working for the scientists in 79 remote terrestrial field bases in northern Europe. The main objective for the INTERACT project is to build capacity for identifying, understanding, predicting and responding to diverse environmental changes throughout the wide environmental and land-use envelopes of the Arctic.

The scope of the work package is to: 

·         Transfer UAV technology from industry to scientists;

·         Identify applications through cooperation between arctic researchers and technology industry (drones and sensors);

·         Evaluate UAV requirements for scientists at Arctic research facilities;

·         Identify and propose suitable sensors and drones for the Arctic research environment;

·         Increased knowledge on drone technology and sensors used;

·         Identify sensors for UAV’s specifically for Arctic research currently underrepresented;

·         General rules and legislation with an application on the Arctic environment and their respectively countries; and,

Produce a best practice scheme for use of drones with sensors at Arctic research stations

The Government of Alberta invites you to join the Alberta Pavilion at the International Air & Space Fair (FIDAE) in Santiago, Chile, April 3-8, 2018

 The Government of Alberta, in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada to Chile, is supporting Alberta companies interested in participating in the Alberta Pavilion at the International Air & Space Fair (FIDAE) in Santiago, Chile, from April 3rd to 8th, 2017. FIDAE is the largest industry show in Latin America, spanning all aspects of civil aviation, space, military aeronautics, MRO and unmanned systems.

  • Exports from Canada to Chile average about $1 billion annually and Chile’s top imports from Canada include aircrafts and aircraft parts

  • Chile is home to LATAM Airlines, South America’s largest airline holding company

  • During the most recent Global Petroleum Show (GPS), Chile’s National Petroleum Company (ENAP) spoke to significant opportunities for unmanned systems service providers for monitoring and analyzing Chile’s mining sector and South America’s broader network of pipelines

    Canada’s relationship with Chile has strengthened significantly over the past few years. FIDAE is an excellent opportunity to tap into this rapidly growing market that welcomes our participation by showcasing your aerospace and defense products and capabilities at the show. With the support of the Government of Alberta and the Embassy of Canada to Chile, now is an ideal time to explore the market.

For more detailed information

Participation Costs:

The participation fee for the mission is still being finalized and will be offset with support from the Government of Alberta and its partners. This fee will cover all expenses for hosting the pavilion, networking sessions and related materials. Mission participants will be responsible for all travel costs including accommodations and meals.

Please note that there are a limited number of spots available. First come, first served.

If you are interested in participating, September 29th, 2017 is the deadline.

CONTACT: Lindsay Matheson, Trade & Investment OfficeAmericas—Advanced Industries

Economic Development and Trade    P: 780-427-6256 C: 780-619-3642

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