The business development workshop will offer three separate seminars with industry experienced presenters for companies looking to broaden their customer base or enter into the aerospace and defence industry.  Presenters on Canadian Surface Combatant program acrreditation, export controls and contract security will each speak and be available for direct one on one meetings following the working lunch provided.  Over lunch presenters from Learnsphere, Nova Scotia Business Inc and Export Development Canada will all speak briefly on funding opportunities available to Nova Scotia companies as well as make themselves available for direct meetings in the afternoon sessions.  

The workshop is hosted by ACADA in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)

Event registration is $35 for ACADA members, $50 for non-members.



0830-0900 Registration

0900-1000 Canadian Surface Combatant Accreditation

1000-1100 Export Controls Training 

1100-1200 Contract Security

1200-1300 Working Lunch with Funding Presentations from LearnSphere - Nova Scotia Business Inc - Export Development Canada

1300-1500  One on one meetings with Presenters

Please indicate your interest in who you wish to meet with from the respective groups. Registration will be available onsite as well.

Lunch will be provided.



Canadian Surface Combatant Accreditation - Jim King - CFN Consultants

Vice Admiral James (Jim) King CMM, CD, (retired) joined CFN as an Associate Consultant on 1 October 2002 after a distinguished 38-year career in the Canadian Forces. He retired in September 2002 after completing a 4-year appointment as Canada's Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Permanent Session in Brussels.

Admiral King has acted as Senior Military Advisor to four Ministers of National Defence on key issues involving NATO, the UN, Peacekeeping, NORAD and Ballistic Missile Defence and Canada-US security relations. His military experience has involved him extensively with government and industry in Canada, the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific and he has been a key player in efforts to restructure and streamline staff organization and operations in Canadian headquarters in Halifax and Ottawa and in NATO headquarters in Brussels. Throughout, he has been active in promoting partnerships between the military and other government departments, non-governmental organizations and business and industry.

Export Controls Training - Bernard Charland - ECS 

Following a career of thirty six years with the Canadian Government, Bernard Charland retired in October 2015 and founded Export Controls Solutions (Canada) Inc. Bernard spent the first twenty years with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) holding various positions ranging from Customs Border Officer and Manager of the CBSA National Counter Proliferation Program. The last sixteen years were with the Department of Global Affairs as the Senior Export Controls Officer responsible for sensitive cases of strategic export controls.

Bernard has extensive work experience in licensing procedures, national and international control lists, licensing operations, program management, customs enforcement/intelligence operations, national and international training, international controls negotiations and national export controls program reviews and evaluations. For more than 25 years, Bernard represented Canada at the several international export controls regimes in a licensing and enforcement expert capacity.

Contract Security - Alexandre Parent and Christopher Saunders - PSPC

Alexandre Parent is a Senior Client Relations Officer within Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Contract Security Program. Alexandre has spent the last four years within the Contract Security Program. 

He has an extensive client service background with both industry and government services including additional functions where he developed and implemented policies, strategies related to safeguarding sensitive information that belongs to the Government of Canada. Alex’s career has been geared towards facilitating and bridging the gap between industry and government clients whilst providing support to Canada’s public safety, security, and global security priorities. As a Senior Client Relations Officer, one of his main responsibilities is to provide awareness and training to security officials on the Contract Security Program’s mandate and raise awareness of the role security officers play in protecting Canada’s sensitive information, assets and work sites.  

Christopher Saunders is a Program Coordinator within the Personnel Security Screening Division of the Contract Security Program. 

Chris started his career in the client service centre of the Contract Security Program providing important information to government and industry clients. Chris worked for 3 years in the Outreach Division, coordinating engagement and presentation cycles with multiple stakeholders of the Contract Security Program. Chris has since moved to the Personnel Security Screening Division where he is responsible for the implementation of security screening verifications and analyzing their effectiveness. He is a Subject Matter Expert and well versed on all aspects of the Program and continues to support various roles throughout the Sector.