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Feds allocate $65,000 to support WCDIA event

July 7, 2014, Calgary - 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.


July 7, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

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.

Some 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.
"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," said Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

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JR Cox, Chairman of the Western Canadian Defence Industries Association added: "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."