Military & Defence Industry News
© 2016 FrontLine Defence (Vol 13, No 6)

LGen Charles Belzile (12 Mar 1933 – 5 Dec 2016)

General Belzile was one of Canada’s most decorated soldiers and one of the most honourable men I’ve ever met. He was 76 years old when we first met in 2009. I was priviledged to sit beside him during the awards ceremony for the Army Skills competition (then called CFSAC). He thanked FrontLine so sincerely for sponsoring the event, and never forgot my name in the years afterwards, always remembering that we had a coffee date yet to keep. His resumé would fill a book, and the stories from his friends and comrades are being recounted across the country as we lay to rest this gentle and warm-hearted soldier who was well known for a lively sense of humour. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his devoted wife Janet, and his loving daughters Denise and Suzanne.
Visit (Veterans category) for a compendium of his life’s accomplishments.

Atlantic Association stood up
Rich Billard has been selected to take on the CEO position in the newly formed Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association. ACADA, which is a rebranding of the Atlantic Alliance (AAADA), also amalgamates the four provincial aerospace and defence associations (ADAPEI, NBADA, ADIANS and ADIANL) in  the Atlantic region that have come together to both strengthen the sector’s voice and enhance the services and programs offered to members. It was established after an extensive consultation with industry players throughout Atlantic Canada, says Executive Vice-President ADIANS Paul Yeatman.

The four associations plus the umbrella alliance are now going to be all one organization, however, ACADA will have a Provincial Director resident in each Province with office locations still under consideration.

Who’s where?
After just over a year as Director of Training of Operational Solutions, CAE Canada has appointed Joe Armstrong as the new Vice President and General Manager at the company. Some of the key programs now his responsibility include the NFTC program; training and support to the RCAF in Trenton and Petawawa; and systems engineering services and support for the CF-18 fleet, Maritime Helicopter Program, and Halifax Class Modernization program.

L-3 MAS has appointed Marc LeBlanc as Senior Director, Business Development, effective immediately. Marc has more than 30 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense sector and will be responsible for leading growth into the future. He has been with L-3 MAS for nine years, most recently as Director, Business Development. 

Michael Barton is now the Director of Government Relations at Istuary Innovation Group which partners with innovators, entrepreneurs, technical talent and experts to build ­technology companies and ­capitalize on demand. 

AIAC (the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada) has elected David Gossen as Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. Mr. Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence, succeeds John Maris, President of ­Marinvent Corporation, who served as Chair of the Board for the past year.

Peter Lister has joined Seaspan Marine as VP, Commercial Services. Peter brings 20 years of experience as a research and innovation leader in the forestry sector. He has overall responsibility for Marketing, Sales and Customer Relations within the company’s current customer base. 

Sylvain Bedard is the new Executive Vice President of Transparency and Strategic Engagement at the National Energy Board. He is accountable for the management and oversight of internal corporate units.

Aerospace engineer, Maj Tom Wilson, who at one time worked the FWSAR file, has recently moved to Alberta to handle Business Development in the Western Region for Valcom Consulting Group.

L-3 name change to L3 Technologies, Inc.
L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) will change its name to L3 Technologies, Inc., effective 31 December 2016. The new name capitalizes on L-3’s strong brand equity, while better reflecting the company’s evolution into a leading global provider of a broad range of technology solutions. The company will update its corporate logo and change its email and website to on 3 January 2017 (the New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol will remain the same).