Industry Events


Experimental ship industry day

Webinar 21 June 2017

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) will conduct an experimental ship (X-ship) industry day on June 21 from 8:15 am to 4:40 pm and June 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. As announced, a dedicated RCN ship will be available for the next 4-5 years for testing of innovative technologies and concepts during the 2017-2021 time period. The experimental ship initiative will collect data points for future force development and ship builds.

The objective of the two-part day is to actively engage and review with industry where the RCN has forecasted future problem areas, which new emerging technologies might address. This industry day will also describe the process to determine the eligibility and selection of new technologies for at sea trials.  These sea trials will collect data points for future force development and ship builds and provide the RCN with a first-hand view of their various benefits and merits.

Morning briefings during the X-ship industry day will include key information areas of interest to industry including:

  • An overview of the evolution of the X-ship concept
  • Definition of innovation areas of interest
  • Overview of processes for selection
  • What industry can expect from the RCN
  • How industry once selected will be engaged
  • Outcomes of at-sea trials for selected technologies

The afternoon one-on-one sessions are intended to clarify innovation areas and to provide additional information to industry in response to questions that the RCNpresents during the industry engagement day.

21 June 17

  • 08:15 – 08:55 – Event ID Pickup/Last minute registrations
  • 09:00 – 09:15 – Opening remarks –Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd - Commander Royal Canadian Navy
  • 09:15 – 09:30 – Guest Speaker – Commodore Simon Page – Director General Maritime Equipment Program Management
  • 09:30 – 10:15 – Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) – Mr. Christopher Baird - Senior Director
  • 10:15 – 10:30  – Health break
  • 10:30 – 10:45 – X-Ship overview – Cdr Matt Plaschka
  • 10:45 – 12:15 – Areas of innovation/Development briefs
    • Cyber/Communications – Cdr Carl Sohn
    • Logistics support – LCdr Matt Hardy
    • Power/energy innovations, Water production, Environmental management and Damage Control (DC) innovations – Cdr Trevor Scurlock
    • Training simulation systems, habitability improvements, stress management – LCdr Tracy Versteeg, LCdr Maxime Maugeais
    • Unmanned systems – Cdr Simon Nadeau
  • 12:15 – 13:30 – Lunch (No hosted lunch, at participants' cost)
  • 13:30 – 16:30 – Individual discussions between industry representatives and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) representatives (12 x 15 minute rounds)


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Webinar Invitation: Modernization of the
Polish Armed Forces:
business opportunities
for the Canadian industry


28 June 2017

The Polish Defence Sector is growing rapidly with an annual budget allocation exceeding 2% of the Polish GDP. Poland will be spending more than $22 billion over the next 5 years to renew its military equipment through the technical modernization plan of the Polish Armed Forces. This in itself represents significant opportunities for Canadian companies in the defence sector wishing to access the Polish market.

Mr. Andrzej Hładij, Deputy editor-in-chief for the online publication Defence 24 (; will present an overview of the defence sector in Poland, including key procurement programs and upcoming needs of the Polish MoD, business opportunities and challenges of the Polish defence market. The presentation will then be followed by an insight on MSPO 2017, the 3rd biggest trade show in the defence sector in Europe. MSPO 2017, scheduled from September 5 to 8, will gather over 22,000 visitors from 46 countries, including Poland’s most influential decision makers.

This webinar is hosted by the Trade Commissioner Service of the Embassy of Canada to Poland.

Why should you participate? You will gain knowledge on:    

  • The technical modernization plan of the Polish Armed Forces
  • Business opportunities and challenges of the Polish defence market
  • MSPO 2017, the 3rd biggest trade show and Canada’s program at MSPO
  • Advantages to be provided by the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) for Canadian companies.
  • The support the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can offer to Canadian companies in the Polish market.

Date:  Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am, EDT

Cost: Free

Please register by Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at