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Canada, the Space Debris Problem, and the Future Debris Mission
Nov15

Canada, the Space Debris Problem, and the Future Debris Mission

On July 12, 2019, the Department of National Defence (DND) presented a call to help develop a viable and cost-effective way to track and de-orbit space debris[1]. With the rapid growth in the space industry projected over the next decade, the call comes at a critical point where accumulated space debris has raised the risk of collision for existing...

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Sandy Thomson, second Canadian engineer to receive the Sperry Award
Sep20

Sandy Thomson, second Canadian engineer to receive the Sperry Award

George A. (Sandy) Thomson, a pilot, mechanical engineer, and innovator who has led Thordon Bearings for many years, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Sperry Award.  Sandy Thomson The Sperry Award was instituted in 1955 to commemorate the life of Elmer A. Sperry, an inventor, and entrepreneur who contributed to the advancement of many modes of transportation...

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Game Changer: Wayne McKay, Galley Design Specialist, Smart Galley Designs
Jun10

Game Changer: Wayne McKay, Galley Design Specialist, Smart Galley Designs

In 1994, Wayne McKay was called upon by KPMG personnel search division to change careers from Executive Chef of the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax to a corporate F&B Cost Controller in charge of managing the food procurement in Moncton, N.B. This change marked the entrance of McKay into the marine industry. Here he was charged with...

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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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Keeping defence forces on the cutting edge of technology, interview with Ken Peterman, Viasat
Apr12

Keeping defence forces on the cutting edge of technology, interview with Ken Peterman, Viasat

In this episode of Vanguard Radio, J. Richard Jones talks with Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems at Viasat, a global communications company. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate.  Ken Peterman, President, Government Systems, Viasat In April 2013, Ken joined Viasat as Vice President, Government Systems. Just over a year later in June 2014, he was appointed Senior...

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Part 2: The evolution of pilot training. An interview with Joe Armstrong, CAE Canada
Feb20

Part 2: The evolution of pilot training. An interview with Joe Armstrong, CAE Canada

In this second part, J. Richard Jones continues his discussion with Joe Armstrong, Vice‐President & General Manager of CAE Canada. CAE is a worldwide leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. Hear more about CAE’s MAD XR technology, which was developed jointly with DRDC and NRC. The future of pilot training and technologies...

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