CADSI Announces New Board of Directors Chair

October 2, 2019 – The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is pleased to announce the election today of a new chair of its Board of Directors. Kevin Ford, President and Chief Executive Officer of Calian Group Ltd., will assume his new role immediately. Mr. Ford has been a member of CADSI’s Board of Directors since 2016, and in 2017 was named CEO of the Year by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. “As the leading voice for Canada’s defense and security industries, CADSI…

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Christyn Cianfarani Welcomes Selection of Design Team for Canadian Surface Combatant

February 8, 2019 – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s awarding of the design contract for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). “Today’s announcement by the Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding represents another significant step forward for the CSC program, and for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) as a whole. This is nothing short of a nation-building project; one that we are confident will stimulate economic growth while benefiting the…

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CADSI on Canadian Surface Combatant Preferred Bidder

October 19, 2018 – Christyn Cianfarani, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s selection of Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. as the preferred bidder for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). “Today’s announcement represents a significant milestone for the CSC program, and for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) as a whole. CADSI firmly believes, as we always have, that this is a nation-building program that will bolster Canadian industry, lead to more high-wage, high-skilled jobs…

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Government releases Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs) as important tool for defence procurement

On April 23, the Federal Government announced that the government will use its ITB Policy to motivate defence contractors to invest in Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs). As part of the announcement, the Minister included five areas of Canadian industrial strength in emerging technologies, which have the potential to grow quickly, and 11 established industrial capabilities where Canada is globally competitive or where domestic capacity is essential to national security. These areas include: Emerging technologies Advanced materials Artificial intelligence Cyber resilience Remotely piloted systems and autonomous technologies Space systems Leading competencies and…

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