Oct/Nov 2017 issue: Canada’s next submarine
Oct20

Oct/Nov 2017 issue: Canada’s next submarine

For almost a decade, Vanguard has the unique opportunity to partner with DEFSEC Atlantic. DEFSEC Atlantic is the second-largest defence event in Canada that is held each year in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With what started out as a small show, DEFSEC has grown into an event that attracts over 1,000 people every year from Canada and beyond. At the...

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Innovation and superclusters
Oct18

Innovation and superclusters

I recently read a great book called “How to Fly a Horse”, written by the inventor of the “Internet of Things”, Kevin Ashton. Opening with an anecdote about the Wright brothers trying to figure out how to essentially “fly a horse”, it debunks our common beliefs about creativity and innovation. When reviewing some of the world’s greatest innovative breakthroughs,...

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Wastewater Treatment and Canadian Military Operations
Oct17

Wastewater Treatment and Canadian Military Operations

By Nicole A. Poirier, Eng., Ph.D., FCAE In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced as part of its widely awaited new Defence Policy that it will grow defence spending over the next 10 years from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. Following this welcome announcement, a flurry of headlines emerged related to improved capabilities and...

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An Interview with Rod Story from the PBO on Costing for CSC
Oct16

An Interview with Rod Story from the PBO on Costing for CSC

As part of its National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada has outlined a long-term project to renew Canada’s federal fleet of combat and non-combat vessels. One group of ships within this strategy is the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). This program consists of building up to 15 ships to replace Canada’s 12 Halifax-class frigates and three Iroquois-class destroyers....

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The PM appoints Jody Thomas as Deputy Minister of DND
Sep29

The PM appoints Jody Thomas as Deputy Minister of DND

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on September 22nd four changes in the senior ranks within the Public Service. Jody Thomas, who was the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, Fisheries and Oceans Canada during the period 2015 to 2017; and was in March of this year appointed Senior Associate Deputy Minister, National Defence, will be become Deputy Minister of...

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Game Changer: John Mannarino, President, Mannarino Systems & Software Inc.
Sep22

Game Changer: John Mannarino, President, Mannarino Systems & Software Inc.

Meet John Mannarino, Vanguard’s latest Game Changer. John is the President of Mannarino Systems & Software Inc. About 18 years ago, he started out in the defence industry as a control system engineer at a gas turbine engine OEM in Montreal. His first seven years were spent in engineering including design, analysis, modeling, testing & certification.  “This was great...

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