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The Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE) has wrapped its ninth annual successful conference and trade show, marking the first major gathering of Canada’s aerospace sector since the release of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s (AIAC) industry-led Vision 2025 report.
“ADSE 2019 once again attracted a broad cross-section of aerospace, defence and security industry representatives, from across Canada and around the world, with interests in ensuring Canada remains a leader in an increasingly fierce competitive global economy,” said Jim Quick, president and CEO of AIAC. “Their continued collaboration and input are vital as we move ahead with the six key priorities identified during the months of cross-country consultations that informed our report, Charting a New Course.”
The six priorities are:
- Building the most skilled and talented workforce in the world;
- Ensuring small and medium-sized aerospace businesses thrive and grow;
- Using innovation to capture new opportunities, including carbon-neutral flight and unmanned vehicles;
- Investing to maintain Canada’s status as a world-class regulator;
- Leveraging Canada’s role at the forefront of space;
- Maximizing defence procurement and government partnerships to drive new industrial growth.
ADSE 2019 featured an impressive line-up of speakers as well as industry exhibits, keynote speeches, panels and workshops, together with numerous B2B and networking opportunities.
High-profile presenters included:
- Carla Qualtrough, Canadian minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
- Harjit Sajjan, minister of National Defence
- Bruce Ralston, B.C. minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology
- Dave Curtis, executive chair, Longview Aviation Capital
- Lorraine Ben, chief executive, Lockheed Martin Canada
- Bob Cantwell, managing director, Boeing Canada and Boeing Vancouver
- Florian Sodtke, Heat of Combat Air Systems Marketing, Airbus Defence and Space
ADSE is a world-class aerospace exhibition. It is Western Canada’s largest aerospace event and the only Canadian expo linked to a major international airshow. Hosted by AIAC (Pacific division) it occurs each August in Abbotsford, B.C., in conjunction with the Abbotsford International Airshow.
AIAC and AIAC Pacific wish to extend special thanks to ADSE’s nearly 30 sponsors in 2019 — especially presenting partners Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Province of British Columbia, and platinum partners the City of Abbotsford, Cascade Aerospace, KF Aerospace, and Lockheed Martin — for their generous and ongoing support, without which ADSE would not be possible.