Halifax (Nova Scotia), February 7, 2014 – The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia (ADIANS) hosted a breakfast meeting this morning on behalf of the region’s defence, aerospace and marine industry stakeholders. More than 40 industry representatives welcomed Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services as she discussed the recent updates to federal defence procurement.    

“Today’s dialogue on military procurement is a step on the path leading to early and meaningful industry engagement. The Atlantic Alliance on Aerospace and Defence, made up of the four Atlantic Provinces, activates and coordinates this kind of regional engagement which brings the voice of our members to the federal level” said Glenn Copeland, President of ADIANS and Co-Chair of the Atlantic Alliance of Aerospace & Defence Associations (AAADA).  “We are pleased to welcome the Minister and to allow her the opportunity to realize the important work that has already been undertaken in collaboration with federal defence research partners, both locally and nationally.”

“The Defence Procurement Strategy represents a significant opportunity for greater focus on innovation and investment in the defence technologies that are already being developed in our region, said Copeland “and the principles of the strategy will kick start opportunity for select small companies to grow into world leaders and exporters of defence related products in the future.

ADIANS represents more than 70 defence, marine and aerospace companies in Nova Scotia. The defence-related sector in the province generates more than CDN $1.4 billion in revenue and dedicates itself to building an innovative technology based capability while providing high-value, sustainable jobs in the Atlantic region.