Operating Committees

CADSI’s Operating Committees are one of the most important ways for CADSI to establish the views and concerns of its members, seek information and advice, and shape the direction of the association. Through the committees, the industry is afforded an opportunity to gathers and distills its priorities, positions and views, which CADSI can then advance with the Government of Canada. They also provide our members with a forum for dialogue where they can express feedback to the association on how events, programs and services can be improved.

Each CADSI Operating Committees is comprised of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a number of corporate members who have volunteered their time and expertise. The Chairs of each committee are encouraged to bring together the views and concerns of members, build consensus across the membership, and communicate back to members any developments.

CADSI encourages all corporate members to participate and contribute volunteers to CADSI Operating Committees. Below is a list of the CADSI Operating Committees, their descriptions, Chairs and Vice-Chairs, and associated CADSI staff liaison. For additional information, please call 613-235-5337.

For additional information please see:

1. The Operating Committee Backgrounder

2. Operating Committee Terms of Reference


The Defence Policy Implementation Advisory Committee provides timely advice and guidance to CADSI on the implementation of the industry-impacting components of Strong, Secure and Engaged (SSE), in addition to providing advice on emerging policy and programmatic issues relevant to the Canadian defence sector. 

Chair Kelly Williams, General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada
Vice-Chair Ian Marsh, DEW Engineering and Development ULC 
CADSI Staff Liaison Marc Watters, Policy Advisor



The Small and Medium Enterprise Committee provides input on matters pertaining specifically to Small and Medium Enterprises.

Chair Tim Ford, Adventure Lights Inc.
Vice-Chair Yad Garcha, Bionic Power
CADSI Staff Liaison Marc Watters, Policy Advisor



This committee provides input on how to improve value-added member initiatives, including how to improve the content and experience at CADSI events.

Chair Jessica Bland, Strategic Shipping
CADSI Staff Liaison Steven Hillier, Associate Vice President. Business Development and Operations



Women in Defence & Security (WiDS) Canada promotes the advancement of women leaders in defence and security professions. Individual membership for industry members is complimentary with CADSI membership. To learn more about WiDS, visit their website at www.wids.ca. .

Chair Jana Lee Murray, CAE
Vice-Chair Kristine Osgoode, Independent Management Consultant
CADSI Staff Liaison Bal Mahal, Corporate Comptroller, Director Human Resources and Office Environment