FrontLine – Defence Industry & DND News

© 2016 FrontLine Defence (Vol 13, No 5)

Royal visit from Norway 
Arctic Research Funding
Aerospace Funding

Who’s Where?
The former Commander of ­Military Personnel Command, LGen Christine Whitecross has been selected as Commandant of the NATO Defense College, which prepares selected officers and officials for important NATO and NATO-related multinational appointments, conducts academic studies and research in support of the Alliance's wider goals, and supports an active outreach program with other educational institutions.

After 35 years of distinguished military service, most recently as Deputy Commander of the RCAF, and retiring at the rank of Major-General, Richard (Rich) Foster has been appointed as the new corporate Vice President, Canada Operations, for L-3 Canada. He replaces Peter Gartenburgh who has retired after 14 years at L-3 and prior to that, 33 years in the RCAF, from which he retired at the rank of MGen.

In late September, L-3 WESCAM appointed Mike Greenley as president, reporting to Jeff Miller, president of L-3’s Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector. Mr. Greenley joins L-3 from CAE Inc., where he served as vice president and general manager of CAE Canada. He will be based out of L-3 WESCAM’s head office located in Burlington, Ontario.

The Embassy of the Netherlands has a new leader. Ambassador Henk van der Zwan presented his credentials to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada on 3 October 2016. He says he is looking forward to work with Canadians to maintain and expand the already rock solid relationship between Canada and the Netherlands. Deputy Head of Mission Frederieke Quispel accompanied ambassador Van Der Zwan to the capital of Quebec. The newly appointed ambassador will raise awareness of “the Netherlands in Canada” in its broad sense and will brand the Netherlands as an innovative and green country, keen on sustainable solutions in urban environments (smart & liveable cities), focusing on trade and energy, working together on peace and security, joint projects in the fields of education, and other important topics that bind Canada and the Netherlands.

Outgoing Commander, ­Lieutenant-Colonel Michel Lefebvre, and incoming Commander LCol Simon Poudrier, signed transfer of authority documents in Pristina, Kosovo, for the command of Op Kobold, Canada’s contribution to the Kosovo Force (KFOR), the NATO-led peace-support operation working to develop a capable Kosovo Security Force.

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will make an official visit to Canada November 7-10, 2016. The official program will start in Ottawa, followed by a visit to Toronto, and then on to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

While in Ottawa, The Crown Prince and Princess will meet with Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston at Rideau Hall. They will also view the Ceremonial Tree planted in 2002 by Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja during their State visit to Canada (this event will be open to the public). H.E. Anne Kari H. Ovind, Norway’s Ambassador to Canada, will host an evening reception for representatives from government, business, academia, and culture.

During a two-day visit to Toronto where Their Royal Highnesses will attend music and literature events, including a screening of “The King’s Choice” (the film is Norway’s Oscar contender this year). On their second day in Toronto, The Crown Prince Couple will attend a ceremony at the Little Norway Memorial Park. The park commemorates Little Norway Training Camp; a training facility for Norwegian fighter pilots during WWII. This event is open to the public.

In St. John’s, The Crown Prince Couple will be briefed on safety and emergency preparedness in the Arctic, and tour the Kongsberg Maritime facility (a Canadian subsidiary of the norwegian-based company) for simulation training. They will also attend a joint luncheon for companies within the aquaculture and oil and gas industries,  tour the Polar Night exhibition at the Geo Centre, and literary event at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The final event will be a networking reception for business contacts and representatives from the research community and the provincial governments.

$2 million in Arctic Research Funding Awarded
On 5 October, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) and the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) awarded $2 million in funding to nine applied Arctic research projects focused on areas of importance to Canada’s Artic communities and the marine industry. Some of the successful research projects include: Enhancing Capacity for Arctic Oil Spill Response (Thomas Puestow, C-Core); Improving and Monitoring Water Quality in Nunavut (Graham Gagnon, Dalhousie University); Monitoring effects of climate change and industry on Arctic Wildlife (Susan Kutz, Sandie Black, University of Calgary); Developing Governance Best Practices for Arctic Shipping (Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa); Improving Community Communication around Marine Environmental Assessments (Kevin Hanna, University of British Columbia); Creating Resources for Safe Marine Travel in Nunavut (Sean Guistini and Helena Craymer, Nunavut Arctic College); Establishing a Nunavut Weather Station Network to Support Safe Travel (Brent Else, University of Calgary); Integrating Genomics, Morphology and Local Ecological Knowledge to Improve Arctic Capelin Stock Management (Marie Clement, Louis Bernatchez, Pascal Sirois and Grant Murray, Université Laval, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Duke University); Tracking Trends in Ringed Seal Health in a Changing World (Pierre-Yves Daoust, University of Prince Edward Island).

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announces aerospace funding of up to $54 million
On 11 October, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced an investment of up to $54 million in a consortium of 15 Canadian companies and academic institutions that will develop cutting-edge electric systems and advanced aerodynamic systems.

The funding will be delivered under the Technology Demonstration Program, which supports collaborative research and early stage, large-scale projects that develop next-generation aerospace technology. The consortium will be led by Bombardier; its partners are Rolls-Royce, Thales, Microturbo (Safran), Liebherr, OPAL-RT, Quaternion Aerospace, FusiA, Axis, the University of Victoria, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, McGill University, National Research Council Canada, and Polytechnique Montréal.