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CADSI Welcomes Leadership and Progress from Public Works Minister on Defence Procurement Reform

May 29, 2013

Defence and security sector pleased with measures in implementation of
Budget 2013 commitments to improve procurement

OTTAWA, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ – The Canadian Association of Defence and
Security Industries (CADSI) welcomed the leadership shown today by
Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose with regard to the implementation of
commitments to improve defence procurement.  In a speech to delegates
at CANSEC, Canada’s foremost defence technology showcase, the Minister
outlined concrete progress taking place within government on delivering
the significant enhancements to defence procurement announced by the
government in Budget 2013.  Her speech followed remarks by OpenText
chairman Tom Jenkins, whose report on defence procurement provided much
of the foundation for the Budget commitment.

“CADSI members, CANSEC exhibitors, and the defence and security industry
were pleased to hear these further commitments today regarding the
government’s plan to leverage domestic defence procurement to drive
innovation, exports, job creation and growth for the sector, while
providing the Canadian military with the highest-quality equipment
available,” said Tim Page, President of CADSI.  “We thank Minister
Ambrose for her leadership on this file, and we welcome the progress
she outlined today.  The measures to which she has committed are most
welcome, and fit well within the bold direction the government has

In the Budget, the government committed to “better ensure that purchases of military equipment create economic
opportunities for Canadians by developing key domestic industrial
capabilities to help guide procurement, by promoting export
opportunities, and by reforming the current procurement process to
improve outcomes.”

“Our industry remains encouraged by Minister Ambrose’s willingness to
work closely with us to create a new framework for defence and security
procurement,” said Mr. Page.  Minister Ambrose’s speech outlined
commitments to significant and specific measures that will form part of
this framework.  She also affirmed that companies that receive federal
research and development support or that work with Defence Research and
Development Canada will not be prohibited from competing for related
government contracts.

“Minister Ambrose has placed a high priority on this file, working
closely with industry this spring and seeking input on how to put the
government’s commitments on defence procurement into action,” said Mr.
Page.  “We commend her for the engaged, consultative approach she has

“CADSI has welcomed the commitment from government to do military
procurement more strategically and effectively,” said Mr. Page.  “We
look forward to hearing more at CANSEC from her colleagues, Ministers
Findlay and Paradis, about how a whole-of-government approach to
defence procurement will continue to take shape.”

A two-day event, CANSEC features 120,000 square feet of indoor exhibits
by Canada’s leading edge defence and security companies, as well as an
outdoor static display.

CADSI is the voice of Canada’s defence and security industries. CADSI
represents over 950 member companies who are essential contributors to
Canada’s national defence and security. The sector employs 109, 000
Canadians and generated over 12.6 billion dollars to the Canadian
economy in 2011.

For more information on CADSI visit: https://www.defenceandsecurity.ca

SOURCE Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)

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