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ACADA Announces Winners of 2023 Industry Excellence Awards

Published: October 5, 2023

October 5, 2023 – Halifax, NS – The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2023 Industry Excellence Awards. The awards are presented at the annual ACADA Dinner, which took place on October 4, 2023, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront.  The Industry Excellence Awards celebrate the strength and excellence of our membership, and we are pleased to recognize four Atlantic Canadian companies for their outstanding achievements in the following categories:

  • Innovation Leader: Duxion Motors
  • Business Development Distinction: IMP Aerospace & Defence
  • Most-Promising Start-up or Business Diversification: Black Arcs Inc.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Excellence: Genoa Design International

“On behalf of the ACADA team and Board of Directors, congratulations to the 2023 Industry Excellence Award recipients on their awards achievement,” said Victoria Belbin, CEO, ACADA. “This year’s candidates have demonstrated excellence in A&D and are an outstanding representation of Atlantic Canada’s capabilities. Our sector is growing and thriving, and it is important to us as Atlantic Canada’s A&D industry association to pause and celebrate our success annually at DEFSEC, just as we have done this evening.”

Further information and photos are available upon request.

The Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) is a collaborative SME-focused organization representing the interests of the aerospace, defence, and security industries in Atlantic Canada. ACADA is comprised of approximately 170+ industry members and organizations across Atlantic Canada. ACADA members are delivering products and services to the global marketplace in land, marine, and air/space domains for both commercial and defence applications. Learn more:

About Duxion Motors
Founded in 2017, Duxion Motors Inc. is an advanced motor design and manufacturing company developing high power density electric propulsion systems for aviation and marine industries. Their engineers have developed powerful scalable electric drives that accelerate the transition to emission free electric transportation. Their patented eJet™ Motor enables jet owners and OEMs to hybridize or fully electrify their existing fleets more quickly and economically. Learn more:

About IMP Aerospace & Defence
IMP Aerospace & Defence, an operating unit of IMP Group, is Canada’s leading specialty aerospace and defence company, specializing in military applications. With a strong background in providing support for military, government, and commercial operators throughout Canada and around the world, IMP Aerospace & Defence has the expertise needed to support today’s mixed fleets. Through providing operational excellence, employee engagement, and diversification, IMP Aerospace & Defence continues to be an exceptional service provider that is fully committed to customer satisfaction and industry growth. Learn more:

About Black Arcs Inc.
The Black Arcs is a Canadian software firm building simulation and analysis tools for many sectors. Their flagship product, Citisketch, enables users to create compelling digital twins of neighbourhoods and cities that model the population’s pattern of life and how changes to infrastructure or policy are likely to influence behaviour. Citisketch is intuitive and visual, and can be used to test plans, communicate them to others, and display a common operating picture when discussing complex operations. The company is currently collaborating with Canada’s Department of National Defence on next-generation planning and disease modelling tools. Learn more:

About Genoa Design International
Genoa Design International has been providing production lofting, detail design and 3D modeling services to shipbuilding and offshore industries around the world since 1995. In that time, we’ve become one of the most sought-after production design firms in the North American shipbuilding market. From preliminary planning to construction to life cycle support, Genoa’s 3D model and service offerings provide a hub for collaboration, integration, and efficiency. Staying ahead of the curve means staying agile with the scope and breadth of services we offer clients throughout the vessel’s lifecycle. Learn more:


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