Leveraging the Military Buy: From Opportunity to Reality

January 21, 2014

Over the next 20 years, the Government of Canada will be investing $240 billion to recapitalize the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) – from navy and coast guard vessels to fighter jets and other essential equipment required to maintain an effective fighting force.

This investment presents a unique, once in a generation opportunity to “leverage the military buy,” creating sustainable high-skilled jobs, generating meaningful industrial benefits across Canada, and transferring technology into Canada.

READ: the Jenkins Panel report on leveraging military procurement.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014
9:30 to 11:00 AM
Chateau Laurier (Drawing Room)

The process so far has not gone smoothly, so the key question for our panel is how to get it right? How can these economic objectives be achieved while keeping within budgetary envelops and without compromising on quality or effectiveness? What roles must government and business play?

Watch video interviews with our panelists:

Other questions include:

  • What new approaches to procurement and production are other allied countries with similarly-sized, open economies trying and how did they do it?
  • Is there an opportunity to balance high-valued added in-country production with the use of lower cost/higher productivity foreign jurisdictions for low-value components?
  • What are the lessons we need to learn from past policy mistakes that sought to “buy Canadian” while sacrificing performance?

 Background reading:

Featured Participants

David Perry

CDA Institute Bio

Don Newman

Chair, Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio

Ray Castelli

Weatherhaven Bio

Sahir Khan

University of Ottawa Bio

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