TABLE OF CONTENTS 2007 issue 1

BY HCol RICK MERCER

“That’s Rick Mercer!” exclaimed Diane Grover as she handed over some wild pictures from HMCS Ottawa, “Canadian extraordinaire; Canada’s comedy ambassador; the CDS’ favourite Newf; and a genuinely caring and gracious man!” Delighting even the battle-weary, Rick Mercer brings his zany brand of humour to the hard working men and women of the Canadian Forces.

BY LAURIE HAWN

The MP from Edmonton Center visits Canadians committed to the 36-country, United Nations International Security Assistance Force under NATO Command. Also joining General Hillier’s Afghanistan posse, are MPs Jay Hill and John Baird, comedians Rick Mercer and Mary Walsh, broadcaster Max Keeping; singer songwriter Damhnait Doyle; and a band called Jonas.

BY JOHN J.D. READ

By ‘banking’ IRB credits, our government could encourage firms to invest in Canada whenever and wherever long-term business benefits will accrue. Such a policy would indicate that Canada is interested in the long term by proving that investment in Canada makes good business sense.

BY CLAUDE BACHAND

The awarding of procurement contracts should be an economic bonanza for Canadian companies. Unfortunately, the way these contracts are being awarded seriously limits the industrial benefits that Canadian companies had hoped to reap.

BY LEAH CLARK

Canada’s IRB Policy sets out how the federal government uses defence procurement to bring about long-term development within Canada. It was created to ensure that Canadian companies benefit through new business or investments in new technologies.

BY CRAIG ROWSELL

It is clear that the IRB policy is widely misunderstood. It has been portrayed as an impediment, an expense, and a tool for influencing military requirements through the imposition of “made in Canada” solutions.

BY KEN ROWE

The years invested in building the Canadian industrial base are being jeopardized with the current In-Service Support procurement strategy that places Canada’s world class Aerospace ISS Industry under the control of foreign American companies.

BY TIM PAGE

To effectively maximize taxpayer return on military procurements through strategic industrial benefits, Canada must first remove impediments from the IRB guidelines.

BY PETER BOAG

AIAC proposes a series of measures aimed at maximizing Industrial Benefits of airlift procurements through flexibility in IRB commitments.

BY CAPT STEVE BROWN

''I have been ambushed, attacked, bombed, mortared, mined and RPG’d to the point that I honestly cannot wait to get home. Half of our company has been wounded and the enemy has killed six. The enemy is real – and a brutal enemy he is. Never have I believed more in a cause – and each and every day I believe in it more.''

BY SUSAN BROWNRIGG-SMITH

Better utilization of the Canadian IRB Program can be achieved through addressing program requirements earlier.

BY ALAN WILLIAMS

Canada can leverage defence expenditures to ensure continued industrial development and job creation. Now is the time for action.