AUVSI-Canada Launched to Promote Canadian Unmanned Systems Capabilities

    OTTAWA, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives from leading Canadian
defence companies, the Canadian government and academia have formed a national
trade organization to promote the advancement and global application of
Canadian expertise in the growing field of unmanned vehicle systems.
    The new organization, known as AUVSI-Canada, affiliated with the
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), is
headquartered in Ottawa and will work to establish regional chapters. Its
primary focus is to increase awareness of Canada's leading-edge research and
capabilities in fielding state-of-the-art technologies and systems in the
rapidly growing area of unmanned vehicle systems.
    The formation of AUVSI-Canada is a very important step in bringing
together organizations with a common purpose in strengthening Canada's
position as a leading developer of unmanned systems solutions and promoting
them to potential customers and partners around the world. It also links
Canada to AUVSI's initiative to network the global unmanned vehicle systems
industry. "Canada will become the model that we use to create similar
organizations in Australia, Europe and Asia in an effort to develop stronger
ties among the leading organizations in unmanned systems around the world,"
said Daryl Davidson, executive director of AUVSI.
    An Advisory Committee has been established to guide the start-up of
AUVSI-Canada including its incorporation and development of its charter,
governance structure and business plan. As part of its launch activities,
AUVSI is exploring holding a conference to highlight Canadian and related
activities in unmanned systems in the Fall of 2007. More information on the
event details will be forthcoming.

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the
world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the
unmanned systems community. AUVSI's 5000 members worldwide come from
government organizations, industry and academia. AUVSI is committed to
fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and related technologies
and is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

For further information:

For further information: AUVSI-Canada: Ron Kane, +1 613 760 4551,; AUVSI: Daryl Davidson, +1 703 845 9671,

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