2012 Canadian Aerospace Summit Program Details Released

Over 500 Canadian aerospace professionals will meet to exchange ideas, discuss new business opportunities and plan for a changing global aerospace industry at the 2012 Canadian Aerospace Summit which is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC). The summit will take place December 5 & 6 at the Ottawa Convention Centre with this years theme, Bold Steps for an Exceptional Future.

During the two-day conference there will be featured speakers, a Business to Business (B2B) opportunity and a Trade Show.
According to the AIAC:
The 2012 Canadian Aerospace Summit Conference Program communicates a sense of urgency with respect to the decisions that must be made today for the long-term, in light of the evolution of the market dynamics, the emergence of competitors and the dramatic technological advances that must be made to stay ahead of the competition.
The conference will be held shortly before the federal government releases the Aerospace Review’s final Report, which will be delivered by the Hon. David Emerson. It is hoped that the report will address some of the challenges the industry faces.
The conference has been planned to address three important themes:
Global Vision: What are the long-term trends, and what new and emerging dynamics are impacting the industry? Where are the market opportunities? What needs to be done today – both corporately and individually as OEMS, or suppliers, or SMEs – to anticipate these changes and secure a competitive position within the industry of the future?
Enhanced Collaboration: Partnerships are a fundamental element of market growth and technological excellence. Who are the partners of the future, both domestically and internationally? What type of collaboration should companies and other aerospace players should be seeking and promoting?
Smart Transformation: Transformational technologies and processes such as additive manufacturing are at our doorstep. These technologies will allow industries to reshore and restore balance in the manufacturing processes and maximize productivity therefore ensuring that our industry remains competitive and high-level jobs are maintained in country. How should industry prepare for these technologies and integrate them into their production models?

Program highlights will include:
Wednesday December 5 – morning
The Summit starts off with a section titled “Opening up to New Market Opportunities”
Opportunities with NASA – Hear directly from the experts
Tom DeWolf, Director, Defence Procurement, U.S. Government Relations, Canadian Commercial Corporation will moderate a discussion with
Bill McNally, Assistant Administrator, Office of Procurement, NASA and Contract Managers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Johnson Space Center in attendance.
Doing business in unfamiliar territory
Carl Marcotte, Vice President, Transportation Group, Export Development Canada, Moderator
Doing export business in unfamiliar territory has its risk and rewards. Good planning is better than hindsight. This panel of Canadian businesses, legal and export experts will provide valuable insights, advice and checklist for effective positioning on international supply chains, with a special focus on China.
Wednesday December 5 – afternoon
The Summit will be opened officially with welcoming remarks from AIAC President Jim Quick.
There will be addresses from the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, The Honourable David Emerson and David Schellenberg, CEO, Cascade Aerospace.
Afternoon presentations include:

Competitive Dynamics of Aerospace

Kevin Michaels
Vice President, ICF International

Positive Market Outlook – Increased Competition

Dustin Robinson
Director of Strategic Integration, Boeing Commercial Aircraft
Emerging markets = Emerging Opportunities: Taking globalization seriously
Richard Forster, EADS
Head of R&T Programs and Business Development
EADS Innovation Works Russia
Wednesday December 5 – evening
Dinner & James C. Floyd Award For Canadian Aerospace Achievment
This annual event is a ticketed event open to the media, and the public as well as to the Summit participants. It is considered the premier networking event on the Canadian aerospace industry calendar. Featuring a keynote speech by a well-known industry leader and the presentation of the third edition of the James C. Floyd Award, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s annual award for Canadian aerospace achievement, the Annual Canadian Aerospace Reception and Dinner brings together the aerospace community in a celebration of its accomplishments and extraordinary potential.
Thursday December 6 – morning
All day Thursday, the “B2B” Business-to-Business meetings will take place as well as the Trade Show in Canada Hall.
Canada’s 50 Years in Space: A Celebration of our Major Accomplishments
Speaker – to be announced
New Alignments Ahead: A Canada-US Perspective on major transformation in the space community
The Space Industry is on the cusp of a major transformation as governments are increasingly seeking ways to build commercial participation in areas which have traditionally been reserved for government. These new initiatives include everything from Public Private Partnership arrangements for new space infrastructure to innovative procurement under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services and Commercial Crew Development programs. Additionally, new purely commercial ventures which are aimed at the utilization of the International Space Station are gaining momentum. Given this shift, what will be the role of the private sector in space in the future? To what extent can these developments complement or take over the traditional government role? How can industry prepare to become a more active participant in an increasingly expanding market?
Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX*
Elliot Pulham, CEO, Space Foundation
Jeffrey Namber, CEO, NanoRacks*
Eric Edwards, President, Xiphos Technologies
Mag Iskander, President, MDA Information Systems
* – to be confirmed
Aerospace and defence in a reset world – Impact on and opportunities for Canadian companies

Tom Captain
, Vice Chairman and Global and U.S. Aerospace & Defence Sector Leader, Deloitte LLP
Doing Business in Canada – a US Perspective
Speaker – to be announced
The Canadian and US Industry have long had a privileged relationship, starting with the early years of the Defence Production Sharing Agreement and what was referred to as a common defence industrial base. On the commercial side, Canadian firms have been long standing suppliers to US firms. This relationship continues with many major US firms well established in Canada and Canadian firms well positioned on major US programs. What is the impact of globalization on this ‘special relationship’ and how is the Canadian supply chain perceived? What are the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead in terms of retaining manufacturing work in North America and in defining a new structure and vision for the North American aerospace industry?

Thursday December 6 – afternoon
Panel: Additive Manufacturing – Key to Smart Transformation
Terry Wohlers, President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
Philipp Bringmann, EADS
Greg Morris, CEO, Morristech
Jack Nobles, Boeing
as well as representatives from GE Canada and Pratt & Whitney
Closing Comments
Jim Quick President, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Registration for the Summit is open.

About Randy Attwood

Amateur astronomer, astrophotographer, space exploration historian. Executive Director, The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada / Publisher - SkyNews magazine.

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