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MINISTER VALCOURT LEADS FIRST-EVER ATLANTIC CANADIAN BUSINESS MISSION TO MAJOR UK DEFENCE AND SECURITY EXHIBITION

 

September 12, 2011 - Moncton, New Brunswick

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La
Francophonie, will lead a delegation of 13 companies and
organizations from Atlantic Canada to one of the world’s
largest and most important defence and security exhibition -
Defence and Security Equipment International 2011 (DSEi).
This is the first-ever business mission the ACOA Minister
will lead to this event, which runs from September 13-16,
2011 in London, England.

“Job creation and economic growth are priorities for our
Government. To achieve this, we have been hard at work
opening up new markets for Canadian businesses,” said
Minister Valcourt. “Atlantic Canada’s aerospace and defence
industry is world-class and has all the necessary skills,
knowledge and innovation capabilities to successfully
compete on the international stage. That is why it is very
important for me to lead the first Atlantic delegation at
this major trade show. I want to help to establish new
business relations which may lead to the signing of
important contracts. Ultimately, this will bring new jobs
to Atlantic Canada and boost our economy.”

“DSEi is a key event on the global defence industry
calendar, and we are very pleased that ACOA is organizing
this business mission,” said Al Dillon, Executive Vice-
President, Defence and Aerospace at Bluedrop Performance
Learning, a leading edge training development company based
in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. “Attending this
type of show within a government-led business mission
provides us with opportunities that would otherwise be
difficult to get on our own.”

DSEi is the world’s largest fully integrated international
defence exhibition featuring land, sea and air products and
technologies. Approximately 1,350 exhibitors from 40
countries are expected to participate. The show will be
attended by 25,000 delegates, including aerospace and
defence companies, suppliers and government officials from
around the world, as well as by international journalists
and trade professionals. Atlantic delegates will be part of
the Atlantic Canada pavilion and will benefit from pre-
arranged one-on-one business meetings, business networking
events, market familiarization briefings, round-table
discussions with key industry leaders, and site tours.

Atlantic Canada’s growing and diversified aerospace and
defence industry, which employs over 10,000 skilled and
experienced workers, is made up of a wide range of
suppliers providing globally-competitive solutions and
support to both the military and commercial markets
domestically and internationally. The industry in Atlantic
Canada has undergone a 231% growth in export revenues since
2001, generating annual revenues of C$1 billion.

Minister Valcourt will travel to Paris following the
conclusion of the London business mission where he will
meet with Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of the
International Organization of La Francophonie. While in
Paris, the Minister will also meet with French Secretary of
State Éric Lefebvre to discuss economic opportunities
between Atlantic Canada and France. In addition, Minister
Valcourt will host an economic roundtable with potential
investors in Atlantic Canada.

Media who are interested in talking with Atlantic delegates
at DSEi should contact the ADIANS at
1-902-483-5664 or catherine.macdonald@adians.ca.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

Minister of State for ACOA and La Francophonie Bernard
Valcourt is leading the first-ever Atlantic business
mission to the Defence and Security Equipment International
exhibition in London, England from September 13-16.

Minister Valcourt said he was proud to be leading the 13
Atlantic Canadian companies and organizations to this
important defence industry event to open new markets abroad
and create jobs for Atlantic Canadians.

The aerospace and defence industry is a major driver of
Atlantic Canada’s economy and generates export revenues of
C$1 billion annually.

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INFORMATION:

Andrea Richer
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Valcourt
613-790-3637

Jennifer Goostrey
Manager, Client Services
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-851-4831

Catherine MacDonald
Managing Director
Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia
(ADIANS)
1-902-483-5664

MEDIA BACKGROUNDER

Following is a list of the Atlantic Canadian companies and
organizations participating in the ACOA-led business
mission to DSEi 2011, in London, England.

Atlantic Canadian companies


• 3 Points Machining and Aerospace: 3 Points Machining and
Aerospace is a new subsidiary of 3 Points Aviation
Corporation located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The company services and sells aerospace products such as
airframe parts, engines, propellers, landing gear, and
machined parts. 3 Points Aviation Corporation is an
established aerospace company and an approved, certified
distributor for regional aircraft parts.


• APEX Industries Inc.: Headquartered in Moncton, New
Brunswick, APEX serves and supplies customers from around
the world with everything from aerospace parts, to contract
manufacturing, to the manufacturing and distribution of
doors, frames and related hardware.


• Bluedrop Performance Learning: With over 17 years in
operation, Bluedrop is recognized as one of the top
training development companies in North America. The
company is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
and was named one of the top 50 defence companies in Canada
in 2011.


• Compusult: Established in 1985 as a computer consulting
firm with a focus on the development of scientific
applications to support environmental data acquisition and
management, the Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador-
based company is now recognized as a global leader in
geospatial Interoperability. Compusult’s flagship product,
Web Enterprise Suite (WES), is an integrated suite of
software applications, based on open standards, for
efficient, cost-effective creation of Web-based geospatial
portals for centralized data discovery, collaboration,
sharing, management and interoperability. In addition, the
company provides computer consulting, programming and
integration services to government, business, technical and
scientific sectors.


• Deep Vision: Located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, the
company is a leader in the field of intelligent machine
perception. It specialises in developing real-time,
intelligent machine perception technology that a computer
system can understand. Deep Vision's unique and proprietary
technology enables systems or devices to detect, recognise,
and interpret objects and events, in their environment.


• MedMira: A leading developer and manufacturer of flow-
through rapid diagnostics and technologies, the company’s
tests provide hospitals, labs, clinics and individuals with
reliable, rapid diagnosis for infectious diseases in
minutes. MedMira’s rapid HIV test is the only one in the
world to achieve regulatory approvals in Canada, the United
States, China and the European Union. MedMira’s corporate
offices and manufacturing facilities are located in
Halifax, Nova Scotia.


• Mil-Aero Electronics Inc.: Located in Dartmouth, Nova
Scotia, Mil Aero specializes in the manufacturing and
integration of high performance electrical assemblies.


• Rutter Inc.: Formed in 1998, Rutter is an enterprise
focused on providing innovative technologies and
engineering solutions. Represented in over 100 locations in
70 countries, Rutter supplies technologies to improve
efficiency and safety in the marine, defence,
transportation, oil and gas sectors. The
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador-based company is
recognized as the world leader in Voyage Data Recorders
(VDR) technology.


• Terra Nova Shoes: Based in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland
and Labrador, the company manufactures and exports regular
and light weight safety work boots, casual boots, shoes and
joggers, felt lined logins (felt paks) and military combat
boots.


• Virtual Marine Technology (VMT): Founded in 2004 and
located in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, VMT is a
global provider of small craft training simulators. The
company’s simulators combine high fidelity sensory cues
with tailored curriculum to enhance small craft training
programs.

Aerospace and Defence Industry Associations:


• Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova
Scotia (ADIANS): Incorporated in 1995 to assist in the
pursuit of aerospace and defence industry growth and
development opportunities, ADIANS acts as a facilitator
linking companies to each other, to government, agencies
and the larger aerospace companies seeking suppliers,
partners and collaborators.


• Aerospace and Defence Industry Association of
Newfoundland and Labrador: The association facilitates the
development of business opportunities in the aerospace and
defence sector and acts as a common forum for all
Newfoundland and Labrador aerospace and defence related
companies, agencies and other interested stakeholders.


• Aerospace Prince Edward Island: The non-profit entity
represents the interests of the aerospace sector in Prince
Edward Island. Working with its member companies and
stakeholders, it strives to foster business development and
promotional opportunities for the betterment of the
aerospace cluster in the province.