Maritime Arctic Security & Safety Conference
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November 5-7, 2019

Sheraton Hotel, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Organized by the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA)

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Quality of the companies who attended... very meaningful for small SMEs building connections
— MASS18 Attendee
It was a nice blend of presentations, good time to network and converse, and good time for B2Bs.
— MASS18 Attendee

MASS18 at a glance

Makeup of MASS18 attendees




*Subject to changes


13:00      Site Tours - Memorial University, C-CORE and National Research Council Canada ** pre-registration required

18:30 Informal Networking Social @ Christian’s Pub


08:00 - 09:00 Registration & Coffee

09:00 - 09:10    MASS19 Opening Remarks - Rich Billard, President & CEO, ACADA

09:10 - 09:30 Welcome Address from Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Hon. Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

09:30 - 10:00 RAdm Craig Baines, Commander, Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, Royal Canadian Navy

10:00 - 10:30 “Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable” - Cdr Jorge Martinez Marti, Staff Officer, Strategic Plans & Policy, Combined Joint Operations from the Sea (CJOS) Center of Excellence (COE) | Spanish Navy

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30 Judy Blundon, Director Future Programs, Seaspan

11:30 - 12:00 Industry Spotlights

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 “The Canadian Coast Guard Medium Icebreaker Project” - Deputy Commissioner Andy Smith, Strategy & Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard | Stephen O’Brien, COO, Davie | John Schmidt, Senior VP, Federal Fleet Services

14:00 - 14:30 International Panel: Prof. Masamichi Hasebe, Representative for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Japan Association of Marine Safety | Oyvind Haga, Director, Innovation Norway Canada | Les Shearn, Industry Facilitator, Defence Teaming Centre [Australia] | Moderator: Stephane Crepeau, Trade Commissioner, Atlantic Region, Global Affairs Canada

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 17:00 B2B/B2G Program

17:00 - 19:00     Networking Reception - Sheraton Courtyard


08:00 - 08:30 Registration & Coffee

08:30 - 09:00    “What to Expect for Supply Base Opportunities on Canadian Surface Combatant” - Simon Hughes, Canadian Naval Program Business Development, Lockheed Martin Canada

09:00 - 09:30 Daniel Shulten, Director, MDA LaunchPad

09:30 - 10:00 Industry Spotlights

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:00 Jason Roe, Senior Research Professional, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, University of Alaska

11:00 - 11:30 R&D Panel: Dr. Faisal Khan, Director, Centre for Risk Integrity & Safety Engineering (C-RISE), Memorial University | Dr. Ian Church, Assistant Professor, Department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick | Dr. David Murrin, Director General, Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre, National Research Council Canada (NRC) | Moderator: Paul Griffin, President & CEO, C-CORE

11:30 - 12:00 “Demand-Driven Innovation for DND/CAF - The IDEaS Program” - Eric Fournier, Director General, S&T Strategic Decision Support, Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)


Conference Registration

Register:   $500 (member)   |   $750 (non-member) | $250 (government) | $50 (student)
Includes: access to presentations, B2B meetings, industry showcase, exhibits, lunch and networking reception.

Exhibit Booth

Contact for enquiries
Includes: one complimentary conference registration, 10’x6’ space, pipe and drape, and skirted 6’ table.



A vibrant, historic, colourful, and contemporary city – 500 years young. St. John's is the perfect combination of big-city luxury and traditional small-town charm. It is one of the oldest and most easterly cities in North America.

Destination St. John’s

Tourism Newfoundland & Labrador


To book a room at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, please contact the hotel in-house Reservations Department directly via email at and note group name (Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association Nov 5-11, 2019) or by calling 1-888-870-3033. 

Most other hotels are located in convenient distance from the conference venue and can be reached within a few minutes walking or driving. You can download a detailed map of St John's here.



Jody Fancey, Provincial Director NL

Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association

(T) +1 709 771 2443