Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

July 07, 2014 10:00 ET

Harper Government Strengthens Western Canadian Aerospace, Defence and Security Sector

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 7, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today in her opening address at WestDef 2014, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding of $65,000 in support of the Western Canadian Defence Industries Association's (WCDIA) annual conference.

Currently in its fifth year, WestDef is an annual event for the Western Canadian defence and security industries. The theme of WestDef 2014 is Creating Innovative Opportunities in a Post Afghanistan World, which looks to the future of the defence security industries through educational sessions, innovative product showcases, business-to-business meetings, and networking events.

As a facilitator of strategic partnerships and business relationships, WestDef is a valuable event for Western Canadian businesses, connecting small- and medium-sized enterprises with key decision makers, and promoting trade and investment in the defence and security industries.

Quick Facts

  • Canada's defence and security industries directly employ approximately 71,000 people, and generate over $12.6 billion in annual revenues, with a $4.4 billion positive trade balance.
  • WestDef 2014 features an expanded program to include two full days of concurrent sessions.
  • Federal support has also allowed WestDef 2014 to expand its trade show space and innovation showcase to enable an additional 50 attendees to participate over 2013.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to strengthening the aerospace, defence and security industries in the West and across Canada. Through our support for WestDef 2014, we are creating jobs and growth in this important economic sector."

  • The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"As we reflect over the past year since WestDef 2013, we as an industry are proud of the perseverance and commitment we have maintained to ensure western Canadian defence and security companies are provided with opportunities to continue to showcase and promote their capabilities on the national and international stage. The continued support for WestDef from industry and government, specifically WD, prove the commitment towards a common goal of strengthening a business environment in which we can all compete."

  • JR Cox, Chairman, Western Canadian Defence Industries Association

Additional Links

Harper Government Supports Western Canadian Aerospace, Defence and Security Industries at WestDef Symposium

Minister Yelich Promotes Western Canadian Defence and Security Capabilities at WESTDEF Symposium

Minister of State Lynne Yelich Outlines Federal Commitment to Western Canada's Aerospace and Defence Sector

Minister of State Lynne Yelich Participates in the Alberta Defence Industries Symposium

Trade and investment opportunities in Western Canada

WestDef 2014

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Denean Tomlin
    Executive Director, WestDef
    Western Canadian Defence Industries Association
    403-2458-2445
    dtomlin@wavvbizdev.com

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