PWGSC News Release
February 19, 2014 12:40 ET
Minister Finley Announces the Establishment of an Interim Defence Analytics Institute
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2014) - Public Works and Government Services Canada
The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today participated in the Symposium on Making Defence Procurement Work for Canada, hosted by the University of Calgary and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, where she announced the establishment of an interim Defence Analytics Institute (DAI), a key component of Canada's new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).
The interim DAI responds to a Jenkins report recommendation that the Government of Canada establish an arm's-length, third-party defence analytics institute to better inform future procurement and support the review and validation of Key Industrial Capabilities (KICs).
In announcing the interim DAI, Minister Finley also announced its board of directors:
- Tom Jenkins, Chairman for OpenText Corporation, as the Chair of the interim Defence Analytics Institute
- Tim Page, President of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
- Christyn Cianfarani, Director, Government Programs, Research and Development and Intellectual Property, CAE Inc.
- Iain Christie, Executive Vice-President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)
- Peter Gartenburg, Vice-President, Ottawa Operations, L-3 Communications
- Dr. Craig Stone, Director of Academics and Associate Dean of Arts, Canadian Forces College
- Dr. David Bercuson, Director of the University of Calgary's Centre for Military and Strategic Studies
- Dr. Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
- Dr. Louis Bélanger, Professor of Political Science at Université Laval and Director of the Quebec Institute for Advanced International Studies
The Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS) represents a fundamental change in the Government of Canada's approach to defence procurement, and its three key objectives are to: deliver the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; leverage our purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and streamline defence procurement processes.
- The mandate of the interim institute will be to provide expert analysis to help inform various aspects of the defence procurement process. This includes:
- the development and sustainment of KICs;
- research and insight on the Canadian defence industrial base;
- information on global export market opportunities, including trends and issues related to foreign defence markets; and
- insights on technological trends in global defence, as well as on Canadian industry's capacity to develop new technologies in those areas.
"The Jenkins report, CADSI, AIAC and other industry experts have recommended that the Government establish an arm's-length institute to provide the needed research and evidence on the defence and security sector to underpin an industrial policy or key industrial capabilities strategy. I am very pleased to announce that, just two weeks after launching Canada's Defence Procurement Strategy, we are setting up the Defence Analytics Institute starting today."
Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley
"The Defence Analytics Institute will complement the Government's analysis work on Key Industrial Capabilities, and will assist in measuring future performance of the impact of the Defence Procurement Strategy. The institute will allow government to take better advantage of industry and academia expertise, leading to more informed decision-making around procurements. Led by Tom Jenkins, the interim institute will help shape the mandate, structure and funding model for a more permanent institute."
Industry Minister James Moore
"I am delighted with Minister Finley's announcement today that the Government of Canada will establish an arm's-length Defence Analytics Institute, and that as an important first step, will immediately establish an interim DAI. Going forward, this institute will significantly help to ensure that the Government of Canada and all participants have the data-gathering and analytical capacity required to support its new Defence Procurement Strategy and to ensure that its objectives for this strategy are fully realized."
Tom Jenkins, Chairman for OpenText Corporation
"By collecting and analyzing much-needed industry data, the DAI will support the Government's ability to make sound business decisions and enhance the procurement process tremendously. Creating this institute is the right thing to do, and AIAC is delighted to be an industry representative on the interim Board."
President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) Jim Quick
"The imperative of having detailed, timely, defence sector research that is both industry and policy relevant, is even more important today. The Defence Analytics Institute offers the prospect of filling that void, and I am very pleased - as a representative of more than 1,000 business members of the defence and security sector - to be in at the ground floor to help shape the model that is developed to meet both government and industry needs in real time."
President of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) Tim Page
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