Presented By

Theme: Agility Through Technology

March 1, 2018

7:30 - 16:30

Ottawa, ON 



Bodo Gospodnetic

Dominis Engineering Ltd.

Andrew Kendrick

VARD Marine Inc.

Mark Keneford


Capt(N) Jacques Olivier

Department Of National Defence

Pierre Chartier

Build in Canada Innovation Program 

Cmdre Simon Page

Royal Canadian Navy

Brent Perry


Yves Boudreault

DRS Technologies

Geneviève Allard

OpDAQ Systems

Jacob Kleiman

Structural Integrity 

Technologies Inc

Derek Buxton

Canadian Coast Guard

Jean Michel Filion

Uncharted Research & Development Inc


7:30 - 8:45

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

8:50 - 9:00

Welcome Note

9:00 - 9:35

Opening Keynote: Accessing Innovation in DND - Overview of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program

9:30 - 10:00

Presentation 1: Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) presentation

10:00 - 10:15

Lighting Talk: Dominis Engineering

10:15 - 10:45

Networking Break

10:45 - 11:30

Presentation 2: Lessons Learned in Developing Infra-Red Search and Track Systems for Naval Ships: Naval IRST systems have been designed primarily for early detection of anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM) to complement radars for ship self-defence; newer ones have added situational awareness functions. Infrared Search and Track (IRST)  for Naval vessels is a relatively recent occurrence starting in the 2000’s with systems like Safron/Sagem’s “VAMPIR”. There are several reasons why IRST deployment at sea has lagged service in other environments, and this session will explore some of the challenges of designing IRST for warships and some of the evolving technologies that have helped with their design.   

11:30 - 12:30


12:30 -13:05

Luncheon Keynote: Seas of Change - Coast Guard Adaptation and Innovation

13:05 - 14:25

Panel 1: Decarbonization and Marine Propulsion Systems – the move towards greener operations and alternate energy systems:  This expert panel will tackle the question of decarbonization in marine propulsion systems by taking a look at current technologies that allow ship owners to incrementally reduce carbon intensity and new alternative energy systems that are under development and being readied for the marketplace. The panel will address ship design issues associated with alternative energy systems and offer some insights into the ambition of Canada’s federal fleet operators regarding the uptake of these new technologies.

14:25 - 14:55

Networking Break

14:55 - 16:00

Panel 2: Innovative Technologies Showcase for Shipbuilding, Repair and Efficiency Improvement

Marine vessel performance assessment

The first step towards energy saving is to obtain an accurate quantification of onboard machinery performance, before implementing various operational and technical improvement options. This presentation will cover available fuel performance monitoring technologies and address critical issues to consider when designing a vessel or fleet optimization project.

Increasing Fatigue Life in Marine Structures through Effective Residual Stress Management

Application of lightweight structures and high strength steels has increased over recent years in both military and commercial vessels. The use of high strength steel allows reducing the thickness of the used material and, thin steel structures, in turn, reduce the overall weight, improve performance and stability and enhance the overall mission capability. The presence of residual stresses in such structures as a result of welding or other processes, however, leads many times to dangerous distortions and to formation and propagation of cracks that reduce significantly the fatigue life.

Underwater Surveillance

Emerging technologies in the domain of underwater surveillance equipment, artificial intelligence, unmanned submarines, and economic terrorism at sea.

16:00 -17:00

Closing & Reception

Terri Pavelic, Vanguard

Chris Brosinsky, IDEaS

Speaker: Pierre Chartier , Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) 

Speaker: Bodo Gospodnetic, Dominis Engineering Ltd.

Speaker: Yves Boudreault, DRS Technologies

Andy Smith, Canadian Coast Guard

Moderator: Derek Buxton, Canadian Coast Guard


  • Mark Keneford, Wartsila 
  • Andrew Kendrick, Vard Marine Inc  
  • Capt(N) Jacques Olivier, Department of National Defence  
  • Brent Perry, Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) 

Moderator: Cmdre Simon Page, Royal Canadian Navy


  • Genevieve Allard, OpDAQ Systems
  • Jacob Kleiman, Structural Integrity Technologies Inc.(SINTEC)
  • Jean Michel Filion, Uncharted Research and Development Inc.

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?

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

Why should you attend?

Who should attend?


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Reception Sponsor

Coffee Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

This year's event will be held at the Shaw Centre, in Ottawa, ON.

Where is it?

Shaw Centre

Room 214


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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