Aerospace Unplugged & OAC AGM 2018
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Aerospace Unplugged & OAC AGM 2018

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: Come celebrate the OAC's 25th Anniversary at Aerospace Unplugged 2018! Contact us to become a Sponsor today.

 Export to Your Calendar 2018-10-30
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
11am - 7pm
Where: Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
901 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario  M9W 1J5
Contact: Leigh Kras

Online registration is available until: 2018-10-23
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Join us for our 3rd annual Aerospace Unplugged & AGM 2018 being held at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. This year's event will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Aerospace Council and we are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with you.

We are also pleased to welcome our four prestigious guest speakers for 2018:

Richard Aboulafia, Vice President Analysis, The Teal Group
Ronald J. Epstein, Managing Director, A&D Global Research, Bank of America Merrill-Lynch Global Research
Peter Hall, Vice President & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
Glenn McDonald, Senior Associate, Aerodynamic Advisory

Come learn about current trends, forecasts, aviation information and data covering commercial, defense, business and regional markets and MRO. Participate in discussions with our speakers and take advantage of the networking opportunities with industry stakeholders from across Canada.

Don't miss the acclaimed, thought-provoking and most entertaining aerospace panel to be held in Toronto this year!

Join the discussion on Twitter by following @the_oac #AeroUnplugged


2018 Confirmed Speakers

Richard Aboulafia, Vice President Analysis, The Teal Group

Richard is Vice President of Analysis at Teal Group. He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia. Richard also advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.

Richard writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing, a forecasting tool covering over 135 aircraft programs and markets. He also writes publicly about aviation and defense, with regular columns in Aviation Week and Space Technology, AIAA's Aerospace America, and at His articles have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Professional Pilot, and other publications. 

Ronald J. Epstein, Managing Director, A&D Global Research, Bank of America Merrill-Lynch Global Research

Ronald J. Epstein joined Merrill Lynch in 2001 as an industry analyst in the Aerospace and Defense sector. He is currently a Managing Director at the firm and is the senior Aerospace and Defense Analyst for the Americas. In 2008 and 2009, he was placed among the top three analysts in the Greenwich Equity Survey. In the 2008 Institutional Investor Survey he was identified as a “Best Up-and-Comer” and in 2009 he ranked third for his coverage of Aerospace and Defense. He placed second in the 2005 Institutional Investor Latin America Research team survey for his coverage of the Latin America Aerospace and Transport sector. 

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Epstein was a research scientist working in the Applied Aerodynamics Technology Group at the Boeing Phantom Works. During that time, he was also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught courses on Fluid Dynamics and Control Systems. Mr. Epstein completed his MBA degree with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and a Bachelor's degree with highest honors from Skidmore College.

Peter Hall, Vice President & Chief Economist, Export Development Canada

Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.

Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. He has also been a volunteer board and committee member for two Ottawa area private schools. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto.

Glenn McDonald, Senior Associate, Aerodynamic Advisory

Glenn McDonald is a Senior Associate at AeroDynamic Advisory, a specialty consulting firm focused on the global aerospace and aviation industries. He has five years of full-time consulting experience, working first at AeroStrategy, then at ICF International.

During his time in consulting, Glenn has supported and managed many different projects, covering corporate strategy development and execution, acquisition search and transaction support, market analysis, cost and performance benchmarking, economic development, and regulatory analysis and development. His primary focus has been in aerospace manufacturing and Maintenance, Repair, and Operation (MRO).


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