Atlantic Canada's premier defence and aerospace innovation event 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Kenneth C. Rowe Hall in Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS

The CARIC connector has become Atlantic Canada's best opportunity to hear what leading researchers and small companies are capable of in defence and aerospace innovation.  With key partners together in one room to make connections this is an opportunity to build new strategic partnerships for the growth of Atlantic Canada.

The format is simple. The best companies and researchers from across Atlantic Canada present their expertise and the partners they seek. Each speaker has 5 minutes to showcase themselves and pitch their needs and capabilities. Afterwards, direct discussion is encouraged, and stakeholders who wish to continue the conversation are invited to network at the breaks.

Spaces to present are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. So don't wait to register to present.


This is your chance to showcase your business, demonstrate which Key Industrial Capabilities are aligned with your company's strengths to Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs, and share where your company is headed in the future with R&D and product development.

Please register to be a Company Presenter by September 20, 2019.

If you are not interested in participating in the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy in the next 18 months to 2 years then this may not be the right showcase for your company.


 This is your chance to showcase your research capabilities and develop exciting new applied research partnerships with industry.

Please register to be a Research Presenter by September 20, 2019.

General Attendees:

This is how you can attend not as either type of presenter, but there to listen to some or all of the presentations being made.

Please register to be a General Attendee by September 27, 2019.

10:00 - Coffee & Registration
10:30 - Opening Remarks
10:35 - Researcher Presentations
12:00 - Lunch
12:15 - Keynote Address
13:00 - Company Presentations
14:25 - Close of Event


What are Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs)?

Under the current Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy, winning bidders on defence and major Canadian Coast Guard procurements must undertake an amount of economic activity in Canada that is equivalent to the value of the contract.

In order to ensure that more of these investments continue to support the development of a globally-competitive defence and security sector, the Government of Canada has identified 16 KICs. The KICs represent areas of emerging technology with the potential for rapid growth and significant opportunities, established capabilities where Canada is globally competitive, and areas where domestic capacity is essential to national security.

Emerging Technologies

  1. Advanced Materials
  2. Artificial Intelligence
  3. Cyber Resilience
  4. Remotely-piloted Systems and Autonomous Technologies
  5. Space Systems

Leading Competencies and Critical Industrial Services

  1. Aerospace Systems and Components
  2. Armour
  3. Defence Systems Integration
  4. Electro-Optical / Infrared (EO/IR) Systems
  5. Ground Vehicle Solutions
  6. In-Service Support
  7. Marine Ship-Borne Mission and Platform Systems
  8. Munitions
  9. Shipbuilding, Design and Engineering Services
  10. Sonar and Acoustic Systems
  11. Training and Simulation

For more information on KICs, click here.