Presented by the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), the Best Defence Conference is an award-winning defence and security industry event which provides opportunities for national and international companies to network and understand key trends within their sector. Now in its fourth year, LEDC’s Best Defence Conference will be held at the London Convention Centre on November 4, 2015 and is set to attract over 320 leading defence industry companies. All attendees will have an opportunity to tour the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research in addition to Western’s WindEEE Dome.
Best Defence Conference Session Topics
Companies in the defence and security industry will learn about a variety topics pertaining to the sector, including:
- Canada’s value proposition;
- Maximizing your value proposition and how it affects bids;
- Research and development of defence in Canada;
- Defence outlooks (for Air Force, Army, and Navy);
- Cyber security and future technologies;
- Fostering a new generation of defence leaders;
- Training and simulation systems; and
- Security materials technology.
Featured Speakers for Best Defence 2015
Best Defence Conference 2015 will host the industry’s top leading minds, comprised from a variety of backgrounds in business and the military. More than 15 speakers will share their insight on the above topics, providing an update on the industry’s changes and opportunities. A few of the speakers featured this year include:
Brigadier General (Ret.) Arne Skjaerpe has served a long and distinguished military career with over 30 years as a member of the Norwegian Armed Forces. It was there that he gained operational and management experience which he now uses as General Manager for Prox Dynamics USA, Inc. Arne has held a variety of positions in the defence and security industries and currently seeks to advance technical abilities of the industry.
Christyn Cianfarani is President of the Canadian Association of Defence & Security Industries (CADSI) which represents the interests of more than 1,000 member businesses. These members employ in excess of 109,000 Canadians and generate $12.6 billion in annual revenues. Spanning 17 years in the country’s aerospace, defence, and security industries, Christyn’s leadership has assisted the development of high-value advanced technology and further established an industry strategy.
Colonel George Petrolekas is a Strategic Advisor for the Canadian Forces, bringing his lifetime of knowledge as an Army Officer, Regiment Commander, and other positions to the conference. He has written a variety of research papers for the Government of Canada, NATO, and also authored many articles for some of the most prestigious newspapers in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Bernadeen McLeod is the Founder and President of Mentor Works Ltd. Working with clients across the country to secure Canadian government funding, she leverages her knowledge of a variety of industries (including aerospace and defence) to enable small business success. Bernadeen’s determination to assist companies in becoming more innovative, productive, and profitable helped to secure over $240 million for her clients in 2014.
Register for the Best Defence Conference
Registrants will be able to save on the price of their registration by taking advantage of early bird pricing, offered until September 30. Register through London Economic Development Corporation’s Eventbrite page to sign-up for the Best Defence Conference 2015.
When: November 4, 2015; 7:00am-6:30pm.
Where: London Convention Centre; 300 York Street, London, Ontario.
Cost: $150 until September 30, $195 afterwards.
Canadian Government Funding and Resources for the Defence Industry
In addition to educating businesses about events such as Best Defence, Mentor Works provides consulting resources to several Canadian industries including defence, aerospace, and security. Many of the government funding programs we service have applications in the defence industry, including research and development grants such as the newly updated Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) and the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI). If you’re interested in obtaining government grants and loans for your business projects, contact the Canadian Government Funding Experts and we’ll be in touch with you shortly. You can also register for an upcoming government funding webinar to hear about opportunities currently available to you. We’re also educating business owners through social media, so follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for daily posts on industry news, government funding, and small business advice.