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JOIN our next "Show Me the Money" Seminar featuring BDC, CARIC, FEDDEV ON, NSERC, DRDC-DND, OSME-PSPC and ISED to learn more on NEW funding and procurement programs designed to support aerospace companies and their innovation, growth and financing needs.

When: Wednesday, February 7th
8:00 am to noon
Where: Holiday Day Inn Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin Street
Toronto M6A 2V1
Contact: Natasha Gagnon

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Show Me the Money
Seminar Series

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


"Innovative Business Models & Innovation Funding"

Join us to learn of the new approaches and programs developed to help support our aerospace companies and their quest to grow, innovate, conduct research and adopt new technologies.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 --

We are proud to present the new partnership between BDC and CARIC geared to helping Canadian SMEs in the aerospace industry. By providing advisory services to help businesses upgrade to innovative business models, their program can help effectively navigate industry changes and accelerate the successful commercialization of new technologies. Representatives from both organizations will explain the program, the benefits and the associated funding.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) will present their new Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program which will launch a number of coordinated initiatives that will transform the way the Department of National Defence (DND) generates solutions to complex problems. Through IDEaS, DND will invest $1.6 billion over the next 20 years to support:

  • Creating clusters of defence innovators to conduct leading-edge research and development in areas critical to future defence needs. These clusters will bring together academics, industry and other partners to form collaborative innovation networks;
  • Holding competitions that invite innovators to present viable solutions to specific defence and security challenges; and
  • Implementing flexible new procurement mechanisms that allow Defence to develop and test ideas and the ability to follow through on the most promising ones with procurement.

We shall learn how the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) allocates repayable and non-repayable contributions to firms of all sizes across all of Canada's industrial and technology sectors. The program has a budget of $1.26 billion over five years. It consolidates and simplifies the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative, Technology Demonstration Program, Automotive Innovation Fund and Automotive Supplier Innovation Program. The goal is to attract and support new high-quality business investments and accelerate areas of economic strength, strengthen and expand the role of Canadian firms in regional and global supply chains, support economic strategies, and attract investment that creates new, good, well-paying jobs.

How does the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) aim to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians? Learn how they support university students in their advanced studies, promote and support discovery research, and foster innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects. These investments can work to your advantage.

What are the opportunities available for small- and medium-sized enterprises through the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy? Did you know that Defence Contractors that secure contracts with the Government of Canada are required to involve Canadian SMEs in carrying out their ITB obligation? Discover how FedDev Ontario identifies, promotes and supports the direct and indirect ITB opportunities for our region.

Do you have an innovative product or service that you want to get to market? Created to bolster innovation in Canada, the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) helps companies bridge the pre-commercialization gap by procuring and testing late stage innovative goods and services within the federal government before taking them to market. The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises will present this now permanent Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) procurement program with a budget of $30 million for 2016-2017. Join us to hear of the new innovation challenges to be launched.


Holiday Inn Yorkdale Hotel
3450 Dufferin Street,Toronto, M6A 2V1


 08:00 to 08:35 a.m.
 - Breakfast Buffet & Networking
   08:35 to 08:40 a.m.
 - Welcoming Remarks & Introductions:
       Moira Harvey, Executive Director, OAC
   08:40 to 09:10 a.m.  - BDC and CARIC Presentation:
       Frédéric Loiselle, Director, Aerospace Sector Solutions, BDC
       Étienne Leclerc-Jolette, Project & Business Development Manager, CARIC
   09:10 to 09:40 a.m.  - FedDev Ontario Presentation:
       Harold Deck, Senior Manager, Industrial Participation, FedDev Ontario
   09:40 to 10:00 a.m.  - Coffee & Networking Break
   10:00 to 10:30 a.m.  - Strategic Innovation Fund Presentation:
       Ian Fall, Director - Investments, Strategic Innovation Fund,
       Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
   10:30 to 11:00 a.m.  - Defence Research and Development Canada Presentation:
       Karim Amlani, External Relations, Defence Research and Development Canada,
       Department of National Defence
   11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
 - NSERC Presentation:
       Andrew Sinclair, PhD, Manager, Ontario Regional Office, NSERC
   11:30 to 12 noon
 - Build in Canada Innovation Program Presentation:
       Menelaos Argiropoulos, Chief SME Stakeholder Engagement,
       Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, PSPC - Ontario Region
   12 noon -12:10 p.m.
 - Closing Remarks

REGISTER by February 2nd!

$75.00   for OAC Members + HST & Fees
$105.00 for Non-members 
+ HST & Fees

*There is parking available for $16, payable on-site.

**Please inform us of any dietary restrictions/allergies.