ADSE 2015 Draws Record AttendanceSeptember 22, 2015
ADSE 2015 draws record attendance
The Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo (ADSE), August 6-7, 2015 in Abbotsford featured two days of topical industry panels, exhibits, workshops, and guest speakers, capped off with spectacular chalet seating for a twilight performance of the Abbotsford International Airshow.
ADSE 2015 was attended by just over 400 delegates representing 178 participating companies and organizations – both numbers up from the previous year. The trade show featured 37 exhibitors, including a stand-alone UAV display which proved popular with attendees. The packed program had something for every delegate, with workshops and panel discussions focusing on key business challenges including:
- Securing a place in the supply chain for small-to-medium sized companies
- Partnering with the academic community in addressing aerospace R&D challenges
- Responding to the rapidly changing needs of the commercial aerospace sector
- Developing regulations to safely integrate UAVs into Canada’s airspace
- Aligning BC’s unique capabilities with Canada’s defence ITB requirements
- Utilizing federal and provincial development agencies to attract new business and investment
- Finding employees with the right skills and education to meet future challenges
- Bolstering your business to protect against cyber-attacks
Panel discussions were highlighted by commentary from OEM representatives like Boeing’s Gary Koessler (“We must ensure delivery to customers. Supply disruption hurts when you are running so fast…”), Airbus’s Joe Marcheschi (“The companies we’re interested in doing business with are good at managing risk and capacity planning…”), and Viking’s Dave Curtis (“BC needs to leverage off of set commitments, think outside the box and develop products that we can market globally…”).
In addition, welcoming remarks and keynote addresses were provided by a number of prominent business and political figures including:
- Pat Dewar, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin International
- Mike Greenley, Vice President and General Manager, CAE Canada
- Melanie Jordan, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
- Hon. Ed Fast, MP, Abbotsford
- Hon. Mike de Jong, Minister of Finance, Province of British Columbia
- Hon. Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Province of British Columbia
- Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Job, Tourism and Skills Training, Province of British Columbia
- His Worship Henry Braun, Mayor, City of Abbotsford
The day-two schedule also featured announcements by a host of ADSE participants including:
- The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC)
- The Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN)
- KF Aerospace
- Brican Automated Systems
- MTU Maintenance
- Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
- AIAC Pacific
AIAC Pacific thanks all partners, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and delegates for contributing to the success of ADSE 2015.
ADSE 2016 is scheduled for August 11 & 12, 2016 at Tradex in Abbotsford. See you next year!