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Western Innovation Forum 2015

April 16 – 17, 2015
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia St, Vancouver, British Columbia

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April 16, 2015

8:00 -
9:00 a.m.
Registration Innovation Marketplace
9:00 -
9:30 a.m.
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification
Panel 1:
9:30 -
10:30 a.m.
Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy: Supporting industry to better leverage defence procurement

Daphne Meredith

Deputy Minister
Western Economic Diversification
George Da Pont
Deputy Minister
Public Works and Government Services
John Knubley
Deputy Minister
Industry Canada
John Turner
Associate Deputy Minister
Department of National Defence
Christine Hogan
Deputy Minister of International Trade
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
10:30 -
11:00 a.m.
Networking break Innovation Marketplace
Panel 2:
11:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m.
The Defence Supply Chain in Canada – What it Takes to Win

Christyn Cianfarani

Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
Ray Castelli
Chief Executive Officer
Dave Hargreaves
Vice President, Surveillance and Intelligence MDA
Tim Page
Vice President of Government Relations
Seaspan Shipyards
Jerry Maclean
Vice President & Managing Director
Thales Canada Defence & Security
12:00 -
1:30 p.m.
Luncheon hosted by CADSI
The Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Build in Canada Innovation Program Showcase
Panel 3:
1:30 -
2:30 p.m.
Research and Technology Development
and the ITB Policy

Valerie Walker

Director of Policy
Mitacs Inc.
Neil Rutter
General Manager
Textron Systems Canada
Kelly Williams
Senior Director of Strategy and
Government Relations
General Dynamics Canada
Daniel Verreault
Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development, Canada
General Electric Canada
Don McClure
Vice-President, Business Development
Lockheed Martin Canada
Scott Dewis
Chief Executive Officer
RaceRocks 3D
2:30 -
3:00 p.m.
Networking break Innovation Marketplace
Panel 4:
3:00 -
4:00 p.m.
Go Global: Supporting Export Success

Jacques Greffe

Vice President,
Business Development and Sales
Canadian Commercial Corporation
Dominique Spragg
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Viking Air
Ben Boehm
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Cascade Aerospace
Tracy Medve
Kelowna Flightcraft Group
Ken Kirkpatrick
Chief Executive Officer
OSI Maritime Systems
4:00 -
4:15 p.m.
Closing Address

April 17, 2015

8:00 -
8:30 a.m.
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade
8:30 -
10:00 a.m.
Mitacs' Innovation Stage
10:00 -
10:15 a.m.
The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue
10:15 -
10:30 a.m.
Networking break
10:30 a.m. -
4:00 p.m.
Business-to-Business / Business-to-Government Matchmaking Program