Updated Funding Overview
January 31, 2019 by WCDIA
Strategic Timelines has released their latest 2019 funding bulletin and overview of the Federal and Provincial funding programs. Find them here. We have also updated our event calendar.
Workshop Dates Moved
January 9, 2019 by WCDIA
The Edmonton "Getting in the Game" Workshop dates have moved. Please ensure you save the new dates. Registration will open soon.
December 18, 2018 by WCDIA
We have completed website maintenance today. We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank you for your patience.
Workshop and Holiday Social
November 12, 2018 by WCDIA
Last call for registration for the Getting in the Game Workshop presented by WCDIA. Registration closes tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13th. Don't miss out!
Tickets are now on sale for the WCDIA Holiday Social. Join us and... more
Calling all WCDIA Members!
October 24, 2018 by WCDIA
Would you like to host the next coffee club networking event at your place of business or education facility? Please send us an email at admin[at]wcdia.com to let us know you are interested. more
New Promo Sheet for WCDIA
October 22, 2018 by WCDIA
We have created a new promo pdf in time for the Global Offsets Countertrade Association Conference. Download a copy here.
Getting in the Game Workshop
October 17, 2018 by WCDIA
Due to a scheduling conflict with an industry event, we need to reschedule the Getting in the Game Workshop to November 14th and 15th.
Welcome to WCDIA, Western Canada's Defence Industries Association. We are proud to represent and promote activities for our members and the industry in western Canada.
Western Canadian companies have a depth of expertise and a passion, and drive for doing business. Whether it’s a CNC machining company, an information technology company, or a developer of micro and nano-technologies, the applications in the aerospace, defence, marine and security sectors are many.
WCDIA FUNCTION & PURPOSE
Message from the Chair:
Welcome to 2019! I hope all had the opportunity to enjoy the holiday season.
We have a very interesting 2019 forming up. We will be facing a Fall Federal election and a Spring Alberta Provincial election that could change the political landscape. Major capital programs including Canadian Surface Combatant and Future Fighter are inching forward and new In-Service Support awards such as the Army’s C4ISR support contracts are in the process of being announced. All of these will require a 100% Canadian offset component and a 15% Small to Medium Business component. This is a great opportunity for small businesses.
One of the roles of WCDIA is to help prepare companies, especially small one that do not have the experience, participate in the Defence sector. The ‘Getting in the Game’ workshops are one of the steps to help address this need. They have been very successful. We are working on a program that will see addition workshops given in Northern Alberta in the first quarter and hopefully across all four western provinces over the next two years.
WCDIA also can help decipher the large number of innovation programs that exist and whether a program could potentially be useful to a member. Eileen Ashmore provided a good overview of these programs at the December Coffee Club meeting. These include programs such as BCIP, IDEaS and even some from industry such as Raytheon’s Cyber Challenge.
Speaking of Coffee Club meetings, thanks to Peraton for hosting the first Coffee Club meeting of 2019. Their new facility looks great! Hopefully they will be shortly adding some new traffic signs as they help convert RAAF F-18s to fly on the right-hand side! We have open slots available if anyone would like to showcase their company to our membership.
If you have not already done so, please take a moment to renew your membership for the year.
Here’s to a very interesting and successful 2019!