A different view of technology in defence
May14

A different view of technology in defence

In one of my first Tech Watch columns in Vanguard published in 2014, which came out after the announced changes to the previous Industrial Regional Benefits policy in Canada. The changes, which would incentivized defence contractors to focus investments in Canadian technologies that would contribute to Canada’s long-term technology objectives, caused me to be exuberant and idealistic about the...

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Practical lessons in ISS: A roundtable with PAL Aerospace, Peraton Canada, and Thales
Feb28

Practical lessons in ISS: A roundtable with PAL Aerospace, Peraton Canada, and Thales

I founded OMX in 2012 as a collaborative platform to access opportunities at every stage of the procurement process. For most people, “procurement” simply means acquiring or building something. But for those of us in the defence sector, procurement extends to maintenance and upkeep – both in terms of physical parts and the training required to service the program....

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Canada and cybersecurity: The challenges of the not-so-distant future
Jan10

Canada and cybersecurity: The challenges of the not-so-distant future

“Cyberspace has consequently become a domain of potential conflict just as real as land, sea, air and space.” – Canada First report, 2013 As an online company that manages buyers and sellers in global, complex supply chains, OMX has made cybersecurity a top priority since the very beginning. After all, we deal with confidential information from private companies and...

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Canadian innovations for the Arctic
Oct09

Canadian innovations for the Arctic

Whenever I travel abroad and tell people I am from Canada, most of the time I get a physical response from the other person: holding their arms and motioning “brrrr”, or sometimes pointing upwards (i.e. north) in a somewhat ridiculous motion. If there is one thing we specialize in as Canadians, it’s being cold and north. The Arctic wraps...

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Canada’s $1.6 billion bet on IDEaS, innovation, and the future of intelligence
Jul18

Canada’s $1.6 billion bet on IDEaS, innovation, and the future of intelligence

All good things start with the seed of an idea. And of course, in the words of Thomas Edison: “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” Personally, my issue was never coming up with ideas; the hard part is everything that comes after the idea: building, improving, and eventually – after a lot of sweat and...

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