Maritime Security Challenges 2018: Pacific Seapower
A Strong, Secure, and Engaged Maritime Future
October 15-18 – Victoria, British Columbia

MSC18 Sponsors and Supporters

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MSC18 Gold Sponsor:Thales

Thales is a global leader in the Defence and Security, Aerospace, and Transportation markets. In 2015, the company generated revenues of $20.88 billion (CAD equivalent) with 62,000 employees in 56 countries.

Thales Canada has 1,800 employees in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver working in Transportation, Defence and Security, and Avionics. Order intake across Thales operations in Canada was nearly $1.5 billion CAD in 2015, to a range of customers including urban rail service providers, civil aviation companies, and military and security agencies. Thales Canada is a trusted Prime Contractor and a Tier 1 Systems Integrator for Defence and Security and over the past 30 years has been a major supplier and a long-term partner to Department of National Defence (DND) in all of its operational areas.

Since 1967, Thales has provided the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) with the largest supply of sensors and is currently delivering 71 Command and Control (C2) systems to the RCN and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) under Interdepartmental Maritime Integrated Command, Control, and Communications (IMIC3). The selection of our shipbuilding partner, Seaspan, for the non-combat National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) contracts, establishes Thales Canada as a key systems integrator for the RCN and the CCG.  In December 2015, Thales inaugurated a naval lab facility in Ottawa to support the integration of electronic systems (including integrated bridge, navigation and communications systems) for the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) being built for the CCG by Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.  Thales Canada is well-positioned to be one of the lead systems integrators for the navy’s future programs including the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC).

Through the long term Land Command Support Systems (LCSS) partnership, Thales Canada provides the Canadian Army with the core of its command and control system and is a key partner in DND’s development of future joint systems. Since 1997, Thales Canada also provides all of its driver vision enhancement and thermal imaging systems. In partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), Thales Canada has also developed the next generation Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) system. Thales Canada has developed a comprehensive organic training and simulation expertise which it is leveraging in all elements of its business.

Thales Canada is a Premier System Integrator in all domains and has become a trusted partner to DND and the Government of Canada.

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Federal Fleet Services (FFS) Inc. provides personnel, maintenance, and logistical support to mission-critical ships that we lease to clients. Our initial project was the MV Asterix, the first military supply ship for Canada in nearly 50 years and the largest naval ship built in Canada. Leased to the Royal Canadian Navy, Asterix is jointly crewed by military personnel and FFS employees. This successful Public Private Partnership was delivered on time and on budget. FFS works closely with its sister-company, Davie Shipbuilding, to deliver ships that meet the demands of modern coast guards and navies. Davie is Canada’s largest and highest capacity shipbuilder and the most experienced shipyard in Canada for the construction, refit and repair of naval and coast guard vessels.
FFS is a team of experienced naval and coast guard officers and some of the finest sailors in the international commercial marine industry. We understand government practices and regulations. Our operations, maintenance and logistics solutions continually improve our clients’ effectiveness and bottom line. FFS provides clients a lean and reliable way to quickly procure a mission-ready ship and crew able to perform complex operations round-the-clock, 365 days a year.

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General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) builds on a 50-year heritage of connecting and protecting critical communication networks across land, sea, air, space and cyber domains.  Our work is grounded in a “with you all the way” culture to provide customers the resources needed to execute their operations in an ever-shifting world.  GDMS provides the highest level of support, helping our customers stay ahead of threats and achieve their objectives no matter what the terrain.

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Lockheed Martin Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is the Canadian-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company employing 100,000 people worldwide. Lockheed Martin Canada has been Canada’s trusted defence partner for nearly 80 years specializing in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs approximately 1,000 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, and Victoria, working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and commercial sectors.

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Babcock provides critical and complex support to strategically important assets in the Canadian defence, security and marine sectors. Operating from locations in Halifax, Ottawa and Victoria, our more than 400 expert personnel provide systems engineering, material and supply chain management and project management solutions.

Our Canadian team is proud to be trusted to deliver key naval in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Since 2008, we have been providing platform design, integration, configuration, management services, and maintenance and waterfront support, ensuring complete lifecycle engineering support for Canada’s fleet of Victoria Class submarines.

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With operations in North Vancouver and Victoria, Seaspan Shipyards is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.

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Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University  has a long history of excellence. We understand the needs and aspirations of our students, and we’ve created options to deliver an educational experience that fits your lifestyle.

Unique to Royal Roads, our cohort model features group-based course work, providing a resource of like-minded peers for you to share, challenge and grow with throughout your program. Even after graduation, these groups continue to support your aspirations to ensure your life changing experience with us has enabled not only professional transformation but a personal one as well.

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Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.

With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management –Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.

In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.