What To Expect

From July 28-29, 2022, the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) will host the MASS Conference (MASS22) at the Delta St. John’s in Newfoundland. MASS22 will once again focus on the challenges associated with both northern and maritime environments. The aim of the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador supported international conference is to promote stakeholder collaboration, technological innovation, harsh environment research & development, and world-class education efforts that are contributing to various components of northern development. Building on the success of MASS19, coupled with the growing demands across stakeholders concerning maritime and arctic safety and security issues, and for which one entity cannot achieve solutions or policy responses in isolation. The two day conference will draw a diverse group of speakers and attendees representing government, military, Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard, industry, academic leaders, Northern Leaders, research and other key stakeholders.

Why Attend MASS22

“Quality of the companies who attended… very meaningful for small SMEs building connections”


Conference highlights include:

– Local, national and international speakers

– Attendees from government, military, Canadian and U.S Coast Guard, industry, academia, R&D and other stakeholders

– B2B/B2G meeting program with prime contractors and government agencies

– Technology and Innovation showcase

– Exhibits, networking and more!

“Provided a wide array of current and future capabilities and a chance to hear from companies about their products. I particularly enjoyed the “Industry Spotlights”.”




*to be updated as confirmed



Industry – ACADA Members – $500

Industry – Non Members – $750

Government/Military/Coast Guard/RCMP/Academic Faculty – $250

Students – $50

Exhibitor – ACADA Members – $800

Exhibitor – Non Members – $1,100

Register now by clicking here!

B2B/B2G Meetings Program

These are officially organized meetings, but you will have plenty of time during the conference to network informally either by visiting the Exhibit Hall or connecting during one of our receptions.


*Program subject to change.  All events will take place at the Delta St. John’s unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 27th

19:00 – 22:00          Pre-Conference Social
                                 Sponsored & hosted by McInnes Cooper | Sláinte Whisky & Wine, 115 Duckworth Street


Thursday, July 28th

7:30                         Registration, Networking & Buffet Breakfast

9:00                          MASS22 Opening Remarks
                                 Victoria Belbin, Chief Executive Officer | Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association

9:15                          Welcome Address from the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
                                  Premier Andrew Fury (virtual)

                                 The Honourable Siobhan Coady – Minister of Finance

9:30                          Keynote Presentation:  Opportunities & Challenges for Atlantic A&D in 2022 and Beyond
                                  The Honourable Peter MacKay PC, QC, Counsel | McInnes Cooper

10:00                        Defence and Security in Canada’s Arctic Maritime Estate
                                  Rear-Admiral (RAdm) Brian Santarpia, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and Joint Task Force Atlantic (JTFA)

10:30                         Networking Break & Exhibits

11:00                         An Update from the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) & United States Coast Guard (USCG)
                                   Joanne Weiss Reid, Regional Director of Integrated Business Management Services for Arctic Region | Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) – Ensuring                                                     Operational Readiness in the Arctic to Meet Future Challenges

                                  CAPT John Egan, US Coast Guard (USCG) Attaché – Sovereignty, Security, and Partnership in the Arctic

12:00                          Introduction to Innovative Solutions Canada
                                   Éric-Aimé Patry, Outreach Manager | Innovative Solutions Canada

12:15                          Networking Lunch (Exhibit Area)
                                    Sponsored by C-CORE

13:15                          Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS):  Perspectives on Canada’s Maritime and Arctic Security
                                    John W., Strategic Analyst | CSIS

14:00                           Development of Resolute Bay:  A Marine & Security Point of View
                                     Colonel (Retired) Pierre Leblanc, Principal | Arctic Security Consultants

14:30                           Networking Break & Exhibits

15:00 – 17:00              B2B Program & Exhibits

17:00 – 19:00              Networking Reception


Friday, July 29th

7:30                             Networking & Buffet Breakfast

8:30                             Welcome & Remarks

8:35                             Diversity in the Workplace
                                     Sean Wiltshire, Chief Executive Officer | Avalon Employment

9:00                              Platinum Sponsor Presentation
                                      Philip Garbutt, Senior Vice President Global Support
                                      Presentation by PAL Aerospace | Platinum Sponsor

9:30                              Industry Panel
                                     Gateway to the Arctic: Strategy, Leadership, and Engagement
                                     Sponsored by Genoa Design International | Gold Sponsor

                                     Facilitator: Paul Preston, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer | Genoa Design International

                                     Panelist: Kendra MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer | Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

                                      Panelist: Carolann Harding, Chief Executive Officer | SmartICE

                                      Panelist: Philip Garbutt, Senior Vice President Global Support | PAL Aerospace                   

10:30                            Networking Break & Exhibits


Arctic Innovation, Research & Development

11:20                             Printing Strategic Metallic Parts for Ships for Arctic & Antarctic Applications
                                       Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi
                                       Canada Research Chair in Marine Additive Manufacturing

11:40                              Canada & Polar Research
                                        Andrew Kendrick, Principal Consultant | VARD Marine Inc.

12:00                              MASS22 Closing Remarks



MASS22 will take place at the Delta Hotel & Conference Centre in St. John’s, NL.


Melissa McPhee, Manager, Marketing, Communications & Events
Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association
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