Report by Tom Jenkins "strikes a chord" with defence and security
industry in Canada
OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Defence and
Security Industries (CADSI) applauded today's release of a report by an
expert panel led by Tom Jenkins on defence procurement in Canada.
"This timely and coherent report truly strikes a chord with the defence
and security industry in Canada," said Tim Page, President of CADSI.
"The recommendations from Mr. Jenkins and his expert panel can and
should serve as the groundwork for the government as it moves forward
on its commitment to create a defence procurement strategy that
maximizes jobs, innovation, manufacturing and economic activity in
Canada from defence spending."
CADSI said it believes the recommendations in Mr. Jenkins' report are
implementable, and solidly based on a very good understanding of
Canada's current procurement environment. "The panel calls for urgent
action by the government, and CADSI echoes this call," said Mr. Page.
"The upcoming Spring Budget will be a critical opportunity to learn how
the government intends to address the advice it has now received."
CADSI said it was encouraged that recommendations in the report mirrored
some of those the Association has been advocating with respect to
defence procurement. "Mr. Jenkins' focus on key industrial
capabilities (KICs) that are important to Canada's economy and security
interests is common sense, and aligns with approaches used around the
world. The Panel makes a critical recommendation for KICs to be
nurtured and supported through Canadian R&D and export strategies in
general, and leveraged more specifically at the earliest phases of both
the acquisition and in-service support cycles of defence procurement."
CADSI pointed out consistencies between the advice of the Jenkins Panel
and that offered to the government in November by a panel chaired by
David Emerson relative to Canada's aerospace and space sectors. "Many
of Mr. Emerson's aerospace recommendations are equally applicable to
Canada's defence and security sector," said Mr. Page. "Both the
Emerson and Jenkins Reports are strongly aligned with the advice first
offered to the Government by CADSI in 2009 on improvements to Canada's
defence procurement system."
CADSI's recommendations on reforming defence procurement have been
focused on advancing Canada's economic and national security interests
for a generation to come. "An effective defence procurement strategy
will ensure Canada's men and women in uniform get the equipment they
need to perform the duties asked of them by the government; and ensure
the 109,000 employees in Canada's defence and security sector work in
high-quality, innovative jobs," said Mr. Page. "Mr. Jenkins'
recommendations will help chart a path for the government to ensure
when it spends a dollar to re-equip the Canadian Forces, it has one eye
on the equipment needed and one eye on the jobs, innovation and
economic activity that can be developed in Canada."
Mr. Page concluded, "CADSI thanks Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose for
her leadership and commitment in working actively, with her Cabinet
colleagues, to improve the outcome of defence procurements to Canada's
CADSI is the voice of Canada's defence and security industries. CADSI
represents over 945 member companies who are essential contributors to
Canada's national defence and security. The sector employs 109, 000
Canadians and generated over 12.6 billion dollars to the Canadian
economy in 2011.
For more information on CADSI visit: https://www.defenceandsecurity.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI)
For further information:
Contact: Christel Gallant 613-235-5337 ext 29