Shipbuilding Technology Forum

March 2, 2017

Ottawa, ON 

7:30 - 16:30

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) CHARLOTTETOWN

The Shipbuilding Technology Forum is a one-day conference that is intended to showcase emerging technologies, address a range of marine and shipbuilding issues as well as ship repair and the advantages they provide for growth and export. 

This event facilitates meaningful dialogue between industry, government and military so as to provide stakeholders with the knowledge and share lessons learned from a technological perspective with the aim to showcase successful investments in cutting edge technologies.

What is the Shipbuilding Technology Forum about?

Why should you attend?

This forum is an opportunity to explore Canada’s excellence in technical shipbuilding, future technologies and the impact on economic growth and export.

  • Stay informed about innovative technologies and strategies
  • Expert insights on market trends and challenges
  • Source solutions and opportunities for placing your organization at the cutting-edge
  • Engage in timely discussions with your peers that will allow you to gain a plethora of ideas and insights
  • Marine Industries: Shipbuilding, Ship Maintenance & Repair, Coast Guard, Logistics & Support, Classification Societies
  • Government: Federal, Provincial, Regional Development Agencies
  • DND and Royal Canadian Navy
  • Industry Contractors:
  • Primes, Tier 1, Suppliers
  • SMEs and Consultants:
  • Suppliers of Parts, Services, Support

Who should attend?

Jeffery Hutchinson was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding in 2015. He was previously Director General, National Strategies, and Director General, Integrated Business Management Services at the National Headquarters of the Canadian Coast Guard in 2014. He brought 12 years of experience as a senior civil servant in disciplines ranging from law to front-line operations.

Mr. Hutchinson has a proven track record of fostering innovation within the public service. While the Executive Director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, the organization tripled the rate at which claims were being processed, and introduced new procedural options for claimants. Previous to this, he participated in remodelling the Specific Claims process, modernizing labour relations within the Department of Justice, and supporting the achievement of the historic Residential Schools Settlement. As an Executive Director at Treasury Board Secretariat, he helped departments achieve operational savings in the hundreds of millions of dollars while preserving front line services to Canadians.

Mr. Hutchinson is proud to serve with the Coast Guard. He has a particular interest in the role of the Coast Guard in Canada’s developing northern economy.

Mr. Hutchinson hails from London, Ontario and is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. He is married and the father of three teenagers.

François took over the leadership of the Engineering division in January 2017, with responsibility for oversight of the following five research groups: Construction; Aerospace; Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering; Automotive and Surface Transportation; and Energy, Mining and Environment, as well as for the new Canadian Centre for Advanced Manufacturing initiative. 

François joined NRC in 2013, as the General Manager of the NRC Information and Communications Technologies portfolio and then as Vice-President of the Emerging Technologies – Platforms division. Prior to that, François was heavily involved in the high-tech sector, as President of Roctest Ltd. and its subsidiary FISO Technologies Inc., and through various leadership positions at Mitel Corporation including Senior VP and General-Manager of its semiconductor division. He was involved in many acquisitions throughout the world. 

François is a graduate from Sherbrooke University in electrical engineering and holds a master's degree in the same field from Waterloo University, as well as a diploma in Business Administration from Sherbrooke University.


François Cordeau


Jeffery Hutchinson

Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard

Vice-President, Engineering, NRC


15:25 - 15:30

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

13:55 - 14:25

07:30 - 08:40

LNG – Where do Canadian vessels stand? What can we

anticipate moving forward?

Andrew Kendrick, Vice President Operations, VARD

08:40 - 08:50

12:30 - 13:15

Welcome - Terri Pavelic, Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard

Panel 2 | Design Considerations for Arctic Operations

• How does the Coast Guard operate in the arctic

• Ice breaking technology, design considerations

• The impact of winterization on ship design, training, safety, emergency equipment, etc.

• Polar Code implementation from a Classification Society perspective

Moderator: Pierre LeBlanc, President, Arctic Security Consultants

Panelists: Derek Buxton, Project Manager, Polar Icebreaker

Andrew Kendrick, Vice President, Operations, Vard Marine Canada

David Lloyd, Manager, Government Operations Canada, Lloyd's Register

Opening Keynote Speaker

Francois Cordeau, Vice President Engineering, NRC

15:30 - 16:30

08:50 - 09:20


09:20 - 10:00

Luncheon Keynote | Fleet of the Future: Opportunities through Innovation. Change through Collaboration.

Jeffery Hutchinson, Deputy Commissioner,

Strategy and Shipbuilding, Canadian Coast Guard

Modern Waste Management at Sea

Dr. Theodora Alexakis, Vice-President, Business Development, Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.

13:15 - 13:55

10:00 - 10:30

Networking Break

Networking Break

14:25 - 15:25

10:30 - 11:30


Panel – Innovative Marine Technologies - Additive Manufacturing

Moderator: Martin Lavoie, Director, Manufacturing Policy,

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Panelist: Philippe Dupuis, President, Precision3D

Mohsen Mohammadi, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director Cognitive Performance Optimization Lab (COPOL), University of New Brunswick

Garry Warren, Vice President, Industrial Development, Construction & Equipment Division, JD Irving Ltd. 


11:30 - 12:30

President, Precision3D

Dr. Theodora Alexakis

David Lloyd

Vice-President, Business Development, Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.


Derek Buxton

Project Manager, Polar Icebreaker, Vessel Procurement Directorate, Canadian Coast Guard

Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi

Andrew Kendrick

Pierre LeBlanc

Vice President, Operations, Vard Marine Canada

Philippe Dupuis

Manager, Government Operations Canada, Lloyd's Register

Assistant Prof. and Dir. COPOL, University of New Brunswick

This event will be held at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

Fairmont Châeau Laurier

Adam Room

Where is it?






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.


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.


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.

Why Sponsor?

For more information on sponsorship or registration, please contact

Terri Pavelic

905-727-3875, x2

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