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Technology Forum

Preparing for Growth Through Export

December 8, 2015



The Shipbuilding Association of Canada and Vanguard Media hosted the second annual Shipbuilding Technology Forum on December 8, 2015 in Ottawa. This forum was an excellent opportunity to explore Canada’s excellence in technical shipbuilding, future technologies and the impact on economic growth and export.

“What is really important about a ship is what’s inside it, and that is complex material, from engines to radars, computers and people. We want to be able to promote Canada’s ability to produce this equipment and expertise throughout this conference.”

Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Cairns President, Shipbuilding Association of Canada

“The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy alone will not break the boom-and-bust cycle of major shipbuilding projects in this country. If Canada wishes to create new international export markets in this sector, it won’t happen by working in silos.”

Terri Pavelic Editor-In-Chief, Vanguard Media


Patrick Finn,

Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) (ADM(Mat))

During his thirty-five year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Patrick Finn developed expertise in leadership and management in the domain of materiel readiness for operations, and in complex project management. After serving in various ships and submarines, Pat worked in various acquisitions and modernization projects for the Royal Canadian Navy, and subsequently provided oversight for projects in all branches of Canada’s military.

Lee Carson

President, Norstrat Consulting Inc.

Lee is the President of NORSTRAT Consulting Inc., a service provider specializing in assisting clients with the important and challenging job of implementing Canada’s Northern Strategy. Lee brings to the job over 30 years experience in bidding, winning, and executing a wide range of capital projects that provide maritime domain awareness and arctic domain awareness. He has a deep understanding of the Canadian procurement system and those departments responsible for aspects of Northern development.

Bud Streeter

President, Lloyd’s Register Canada Ltd.

Bud joined Lloyd’s Register in 2002 and has served in several capacities. He was a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on National Security from 2005 until 2009. Prior to joining Lloyd’s Register, he was Director General Marine Safety for Transport Canada for five years, in which position he was the head of Canada’s delegation to various Committees of the International Maritime Organization. He is the recipient of the Medal of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering in June 2013.

John Schmidt

VP Commercial, Chantier Davie Canada Inc.

John began his Civil Service career with National Defence as a Life Cycle Materiel Manager, moved to Transport Canada as a Marine Surveyor and then to PWGSC where he spent 23 years in various roles. He then moved to the private sector with Irving Shipbuilding where he led the organization’s Government relations efforts on NSPS and managed the shipyard’s ship construction projects. In his current job with Chantier Davie he oversees the shipyard’s Project Resolve proposal.

Gerry Bourne, P.Eng

Business Development Manager, Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.

Gerry is a graduate of McMaster University and has worked as a Design Engineer in the Automotive industry for 4 years. He then moved into fire protection in 2008. In August 2010 Gerry became licensed as a Professional Engineer with the PEO. In his current role Gerry covers business development for their 30 offices coast to coast. Gerry is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Southern Ontario Chapter and sits on the National board of directors for the CFAA.

Rod Skotty

President, Maritime Helicopter Support Company

Since July 2004, Rod has been the President, Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo), a Lockheed Martin – Sikorsky LLC. For most of the past 37 years, his career has touched nearly every aspect of maritime helicopters from pilot to systems engineer to business development executive to performance management executive. It began as a helicopter pilot in the US Navy flying a variety of helicopters in the Persian Gulf, Central America, the Middle East, Somalia and East Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.

George Kyriakides

Regional Vice President, Sales & Business Development, MBDA

George Kyriakides was appointed as MBDA’s Sales and Business Development Regional Vice President for Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand in September 2015. Prior to this position he was responsible for MBDA’s International Customer Support Services with the specific responsibility of delivering In-service support programmes for the entire MBDA product portfolio to all International Army, Navy and Air Force users and customers.

He has worked in the missile systems defence industry since graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering in 1982.

George (Sandy) Thompson

Chairman,Chairman, Thordon Bearings Inc.

After graduating from the Northrop University in Inglewood, California as a Mechanical Engineer Mr. Thomson joined Thomson-Gordon in 1965. Here he developed the Thordon polymer in the late 1960’s. His focus on innovation and developing export markets has been the key to Thordon’s success. He later bought the Russian deep sea salvage tug, Rudokop, and converted it to a “floating showcase” of Thordon marine bearing and seal products, he then captained this ship visiting more than 200 ports in Europe. He also operates a film production business, Cinema Sixteen Inc. and Marsh Brothers Aviation, besides being the Chairman of Thordon Bearings Inc.

Rollie Webb

Senior Vice President, Robert Allan Ltd.

Rollie has a firm and incredible depth of expertise in shipbuilding, shipyard management and contract management.

His connection with one of Canada’s oldest firms of naval architects dates back to 2008, when he joined the firm as senior project director. Robert Allan Ltd. is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned company that has been serving clients in Canada and around the world for 85 years now.

Throughout his career, Rollie has served in various senior management positions in shipyards in Canada and the United States. He is well-known and respected in the industry across North America.

Glenn Walters

Vice President, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

Over the last decade, Glenn has been an active SNAME volunteer. As an Officer of this not-for-profit technical society, he is responsible for the Central/Gulf Region, which covers the diverse marine sector of Texas Offshore, Great Lakes Shipping and the Arctic. This North/South focus is complimented by his East/West experience as a Naval Engineer and time in industry serving and supporting Canadian submarines. Glenn continues to support the defence sector as an independent consultant.


Who will be there:

Marine Industries:

Shipbuilders, Port Authorities, Coast Guard


Federal, Provincial, Regional Development Agencies

DND and Royal Canadian Navy


Primes, Tier 1, Suppliers

SMEs and Consultants:

Suppliers of Parts, Services, Support

Top 5 Reasons to Attend!




Timely Discussions



When: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Time: 7:00 – 4:30

Where: BLG, Conference Room #1300 – 100 Queen Street, Ottawa






Registration and Breakfast



Mr. Peter Cairns, President, Shipbuilding Association of Canada

Mrs. Terri Pavelic, Editor-in-Cheif, Vanguard Canada


Global Marine Technology Trends, focusing on critical technology developments to be developed and implement ~2030 in worldwide shipping, naval, and ocean space industries.

Mr. Bud Streeter, President, Lloyd’s Register Canada


Panel: Benefits of Performance Based Logistics for Naval Platforms

Mr. George Kyriakides, Regional Vice President, Sales & Business Development, MBDA

Mr. Rod Skotty, President, MHSCo at Lockheed Martin – Sikorsky LLC.


Coffee Break


Fire Protection Technology for LNG Installation

Mr. Gerry Bourne, Business Development Manager, Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.


Panel: Export Discriminators for Canada

Mrs. Wendy Allerton, Director, L3 Canada Marine Systems

Mr. George A. ‘Sandy’ Thomson, Chairman, Thordon Bearing Inc.

Mr. Rollie Webb, Manager New Construction, Robert Allan Ltd.


The role of an international marine technical society

Mr. Glenn Walters, Vice-President, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers




Key Note Address

Mr. Patrick Finn, ADM Materiel, DND


Leveraging Design – Export Opportunities for Canadian Equipment and Systems

Mr. Andrew Kendrick, Vice President, Operations, Vard Marine Canada


Coffee Break


Canadian Roadmap to profitable and secure Arctic Shipping

Mr. Lee Carson, President, Norstrat Consulting


Building to Lease

Operation RESOLVE

Mr. John Schmidt, Vice President, Davie Shipyards


Closing Remarks


Cocktail Reception



Top 3 Reasons to Sponsor

1) Network, Connect, and Forge Key Relationships

With multiple network breaks, receptions and sitdown meals, you have ample oppourtunties to connect with your desired audience. Partake in the conference sessions and gain firsthand insights on what the industry is looking for so you can better position your product and/or service offerings.

2) Establish Your Thought Leadership

Demonstrate your company’s expertise and authority with a customized speaking platform. The oppourtunity to participate directly in delivering educational content increases receptivity to your brand and sales efforts. Be top of mind when industry practicioners are looking for advice and solutions.

3) Increase Brand Recognition

Consider the marketing exposure you will receive through our print and digital efforts, both internally and via our media partnerships. You will get weeks of pre-event exposure to your target audience. Think of it as a consolidated media buy.

For more information on Sponsorship, email Marcello Sukhdeo at

Registration is Now Sold Out for the Shipbuilding Technology Forum 2015

Registration for this year’s event has been SOLD OUT.

Thank you very much to everyone who signed up for this year’s Shipbuilding Technology Forum slated for December 8 in Ottawa.

We’d love to see more people take part in the forum, but all tickets have been sold due to increased industry interest in this premier event.

Please join us for Shipbuilding Technology Forum 2016. Remember to book early!

For details contact: Laskey Hart,