The Sea to Sky conference (formerly known as the PEI Aerospace & Defence Conference) is an annual event that brings together stakeholders and industry leaders in the aerospace, defence and marine sectors. The conference will include a full-day speaker program, social program, and ample opportunities for business networking!

Sea to Sky 2017 will be held in beautiful Prince Edward Island, August 8-10, 2017 at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort.


Preliminary Agenda*

*Subject to change. Further details on speaker program coming soon!

Aug 8

16:30 - 18:30               ACADA Board of Directors Meeting (ACADA Board only)

18:30 - 21:00               Pre-Registration and Welcoming BBQ/Networking Event

Aug 9

07:30 – 08:30              Registration & Networking Breakfast

08:30 – 08:45              Welcome & Opening Remarks

08:45 – 09:30              Anti-Bribery & Corruption Legislation – What does it mean for your business?  Gary Scales, Regional Lead Partner, McInnes Cooper (see bio)

09:30 – 10:15              Marijuana Legalization: Potential Impacts and Considerations for Workplace Safety & Quality Control - Matthew R. Letson, Associate, Lawson Creamer

10:15 – 10:35              Networking Break

10:35 – 11:20              Cybersecurity: The threat environment and mitigation measures to protect your business - Bulletproof

11:20 – 12:20              Aerospace Sector Outlook & Supply Chain Opportunities

12:20 – 13:00              Networking Lunch

13:00 – 14:00              Marine Sector Outlook& Supply Chain Opportunities

14:00 - 14:30               ACADA Programs & Initiatives - Rich Billard, CEO/President, ACADA (see bio)

14:30 – 14:50              Networking Break

14:50 - 15:20               Canada Job Grant ProgramSkills PEI

15:20 – 16:00              Disruptive Technologies & Canada's Innovation Climate - Jeremy Depow, VP Policy & Research, Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC) 

A briefing from the ICTC on the top 5 emerging technologies (including "Additive Manufacturing" research findings and labour market/skills implications), an overview of the Canadian innovation climate, and perspectives on SME integreation in global supply chains. 

16:00 - 16:30               UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering: An impressive wake and a bright horizon - Erin Hughes, Business Development Engineer, Industry Partnerships (see bio)

Briefing will include a highlight of SSDE projects (completed and upcoming) and opportunities for industry/stakeholder engagement with the SSDE through student placements, design clinic projects, R&D, industry engagement days, etc.

16:30 – 18:30              Networking in Hospitality Suite

18:30 - 20:30               Reception & Lobster Dinner

20:30                           Networking in Hospitality Suite


Aug 10

Breakfast at Leisure (on own)

09:40 - 14:00               Social Networking Program (Golf or Boat Cruise*)


Registration Fees

$250.00 + HST for ACADA Members

$325.00 + HST for Non-Members

Complimentary registration for speakers and government attendees

Your all-inclusive rate includes registration for the conference and social program (round of golf or boating) and on-site meals*. 

*Please indicate to us your preference for meals (Lobster, Steak or other), including allergies, as well as your preferred activity (Golf or Boating) to Chris Bourque



Special group rates are available at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort for conference attendees until July 17th.

Room Rates

Standard $148

Junior Suite $168

Executive Suite $198

King Cottage $208

Queen Cottage $268


To make your reservation, please contact:

Marian Trowbridge

(T) 902 652 2332


Please be sure to book by July 17th to ensure availability and access to the special rates!



Interested in raising the profile of your company/organization through an event sponsorship? We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities available! For further details, please refer to our Sponsorship Package or contact our event organizers!



Questions regarding the Sea to Sky conference may be directed to:

Chris Bourque

(T) 902 759 9283