CANSEC 2014, the largest military and defence show in the country opened for a two-day exhibit today at the EY Centre in Ottawa. Organized by Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI), 335 companies will display their products and services at this annual defence and security trade show.
It’s expected that there will be about 10,000 participants this year. Closed to the general public, the show is open to serving military personnel, government employees and foreign military and diplomatic staff. CANSEC represents a marketing opportunity for firms to highlight their products, particularly to the Canadian Forces. Companies aim to make connections with senior military and government personnel, as well as with other representatives of various firms.
Fighter aircraft companies will highlight their planes as potential replacements for the RCAF’s CF-18s. The maritime industry will be out in force to promote its capabilities in outfitting new ships the federal government hopes to have built for the Royal Canadian Navy and coast guard. Meanwhile, the Canadian Army has various vehicle projects on the go that industry hopes to win contracts for.
Among the listed speakers includes Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt.-Gen. Guy Thibault. In previous years, foreign delegations have toured CANSEC. This year, however, CADSI expects the number of these delegations to increase. It has so far confirmed the attendance of the following foreign military delegations: Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.