Brian Johnston, Chair of the Board of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association has accepted the resignation of Rich Billard, ACADA President and CEO effective January 3, 2020. Rich assumed the role and has been serving since November 2016.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Brian wishes to publicly thank and acknowledge Rich's commitment and energy in launching and directing the mandate of the then newly incorporated Pan-Atlantic organization. He was integral in supporting the amalgamation process of the four regional associations, in building the regional brand - domestically and internationally and advancing the alignment process to help position our membership for unprecedented supply chain opportunities emerging through Federal Procurement Platforms such as the National Shipbuilding Strategy, and most prominently the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC).
Rich, post retirement from a twenty year Naval career as a Combat Systems Engineer and seven years employment with Halifax-based MDA Systems, will be returning to private industry within the Halifax Municipality. We wish him continued success with his career.