Are you looking to to discover new business opportunities in the Aerospace and Defence industry?

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) is hosting a business development workshop with a focus on Export Controls, Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) Accreditation and Contract Security.

This workshop will offer three separate information seminars, led by industry experienced presenters, for companies looking to broaden their customer base or enter into the aerospace and defence industry. Presenters will each speak about CSC program accreditation, export controls and contract security.

These three information seminars will be followed by a Lunch and Learn in which presenters from LearnSphere, NSBI and Export Development Canada (EDC) will speak about the funding opportunities available to Nova Scotia companies.

Note: The industry-leading experts and representatives from LearnSphere, NSBI and EDC are available for one-on-one meetings following the lunch and learn.

This workshop is hosted by ACADA in partnership with ACOA and NSBI.


  • 08:30am – 09:00am: Registration and Networking
  • 09:00am – 10:00am: Canadian Surface Combatant Accreditation – Presented by Jim King, CFN Consultants
  • 10:00am – 11:00am: Export Controls – Presented by Bernard Chalant, ECS
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: Contract Security – Presented by Alexandre Parent and Christopher Saunders, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • 12:00pm – 01:00pm: Lunch and Learn with Presentations by LearnSphere, NSBI and EDC
  • 01:00pm – 03:00pm: One-on-One Meetings* with Industry Experts, LearnSphere, NSBI and EDC

*To book a one-on-one meeting, please contact Jessica McCall, Export Development Executive of NSBI at

Registration fees:

  • $35 for ACADA members
  • $50 for non-members


For more information or to book a one-on-one meeting, please contact Jessica McCall, Export Development Executive of NSBI at


Canadian Surface Combatant Accreditation:
Jim King - CFN Consultants
Vice Admiral James (Jim) King CMM, CD, (retired) joined CFN as an Associate Consultant, in October 2002, after a distinguished 38-year career in the Canadian Forces. He retired in September 2002 after completing a four-year appointment as Canada's Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee in Permanent Session in Brussels.
Admiral King has acted as Senior Military Advisor to four Ministers of National Defence on key issues involving NATO, the UN, Peacekeeping, NORAD and Ballistic Missile Defence and Canada-US security relations. His military experience has involved him extensively with government and industry in Canada, the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific and he has been a key player in efforts to restructure and streamline staff organization and operations in Canadian headquarters in Halifax and Ottawa and in NATO headquarters in Brussels. Throughout, he has been active in promoting partnerships between the military and other government departments, non-governmental organizations and business and industry.

Export Controls Training: Bernard Charland - ECS 
Following a 36-year career with the Canadian Government, Bernard Charland retired in October 2015 and founded Export Controls Solutions (Canada) Inc. (ECS). Bernard spent the first 25 years with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA); holding various positions ranging from Customs Border Officer and Manager of the CBSA National Counter Proliferation Program. The last 16 years were with the Department of Global Affairs as the Senior Export Controls Officer responsible for sensitive cases of strategic export controls.
Bernard has extensive work experience in licencing procedures, national and international control lists, licencing operations, program management, customs enforcement/intelligence operations, national and international training, international controls negotiations and national export controls program reviews and evaluations. For more than 25 years, Bernard represented Canada at the several international export controls regimes in a licencing and enforcement expert capacity.

Contract Security: Alexandre Parent and Christopher Saunders - Public Services and Procurement Canada
Alexandre Parent is a Senior Client Relations Officer within Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Contract Security Program. Alexandre has spent the last four years within the Contract Security Program.
He has an extensive client service background with both industry and government services including additional functions where he developed and implemented policies, strategies related to safeguarding sensitive information that belongs to the Government of Canada. Alex’s career has been geared towards facilitating and bridging the gap between industry and government clients whilst providing support to Canada’s public safety, security, and global security priorities. As a Senior Client Relations Officer, one of his main responsibilities is to provide awareness and training to security officials on the Contract Security Program’s mandate and raise awareness of the role security officers play in protecting Canada’s sensitive information, assets and work sites. 

Christopher Saunders is a Program Coordinator within the Personnel Security Screening Division of the Contract Security Program. 
Chris started his career in the client service centre of the Contract Security Program providing important information to government and industry clients. Chris worked for 3 years in the Outreach Division, coordinating engagement and presentation cycles with multiple stakeholders of the Contract Security Program. Chris has since moved to the Personnel Security Screening Division where he is responsible for the implementation of security screening verifications and analyzing their effectiveness. He is a Subject Matter Expert and well versed on all aspects of the Program and continues to support various roles throughout the Sector.