Another successful year for ADSE in 2016

The Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo (ADSE), held August 11-12, 2016 in Abbotsford, featured two days of topical industry panels, industry & government guest speakers and exhibits, capped off with spectacular chalet seating for a twilight performance of the Abbotsford International Airshow.

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Themed “Growth and Innovation in the Asia Pacific”, ADSE 2016 attracted unprecedented industry support and delegates from across North America and around the world. ADSE, which is the only event of its kind in Western Canada and the only aerospace and defence expo connected to a major airshow, was attended in 2016 by close to 400 delegates representing approximately 170 different companies, associations, academic institution and government agencies and departments.

The trade show featured 33 exhibitors, and participants engaged in over 160 scheduled “business-to-business” and “peer-to-peer” meetings. “Peer-to-peer”, a new conference concept that debuted at ADSE, is designed to encourage businesses with complementary capabilities and skills to collaborate and pursue contracts that they would not be able to pursue on their own.

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The information-rich program offered addressed a range of industry relevant topics, including:

  • Supply Chain Forum featuring representatives of Avcorp, Cascade Aerospace, KF Aerospace, MTU Maintenance and Viking Air
  • Research & Development information session and workshop, presented by CARIC
  • ADSE Priority Research on business opportunities in India, presented by Rahul Gangal, Partner, Roland Berger
  • Airbus in Canada Update – presented by Joe Marcheschi, Director, Strategic Partnerships
  • Asia Pacific Business Panel, moderated by Ben Boehm of Cascade Aerospace, and featuring panelists representing Viking Air, AIAC, Marinvent, EDC and CCC
  • Federal Procurement Panel, featuring Lisa Campbell, ADM, Public Services and Procurement; and Patrick Finn, ADM (Materiel), Department of National Defence
  • KF Aerospace – a Western Canadian Success Story
  • Global Aerospace and Defence Outlook 2016, presented by KPMG
  • Boeing Supplier Development Update – presented by Bob Noble, VP, Supplier Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Lockheed Martin – Hybrid Airships – presented by Grant Cool, COO, Hybrid Enterprises
  • Overview of Federal Government Landscape – presented by Jim Quick, President and CEO, AIAC
  • Carrier Update – presented by Gregg Saretsky, Westjet President and CEO
  • Canadian Defence Super Session – presented by LGen Michael Hood, Commander, RCAF

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Government representatives attending and speaking at ADSE 2016 included:

  • Karen McCrimmon, MP, federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
  • Stephen Fuhr, MP, Chair, Standing Committee on National Defence
  • James Bezan, MP, Member, Standing Committee on National Defence; Opposition Critic for National Defence
  • Honourable Ed Fast, MP, Abbotsford
  • Lisa Campbell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Service and Procurement
  • Patrick Finn, Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel), Department of National Defence
  • 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, BC Jobs Plan, to the Minister of Job, Tourism and Skills Training, Province of British Columbia
  • His Worship Henry Braun, Mayor, City of Abbotsford

To view the full program for ADSE 2016, including sponsors and exhibitors, click here.

ADSE is a one-of-a-kind aerospace event with ground-breaking industry intelligence at the largest aerospace expo in Western Canada. AIAC Pacific thanks all partners, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, and delegates for contributing to the continuing success of ADSE.

ADSE 2017 is scheduled for August 10 & 11, 2017 – save the date! The 2017 edition promises to be the largest ADSE ever as the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) will hold its annual convention side-by-side at Tradex in Abbotsford. Combined delegates are expected to number over 1,100.

See you in August in Abbotsford!

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