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    Camosun teams up with Nova Scotia Community College and Thales Canada to support marine industry... see more


    Camosun teams up with Nova Scotia Community College and Thales Canada to support marine industry training needs

    Maritime in-service support capabilities demands a diverse and skilled workforce with a range of technical competencies capable of responding to complex maintenance and repair work. Ensuring this talent is available and prepared to support the supply chain maintaining these new naval platforms is the goal of a new agreement between Thales Canada and its partners in education and government announced at DEFSEC 2018.

    To better identify and respond to workforce training requirements, and as part of its commitments on the AJISS program, Thales Canada has signed an agreement with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), in partnership with Camosun College in British Columbia, to complete a bi-coastal analysis of the in-service support supply chain. Thales is the prime contractor for Canada’s AJISS program that will support the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships and Joint Support Ships built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

    “Talent drives innovation, and our government is committed to supporting workers develop the skills needed to lead an innovative nation,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “These investments will help our shipbuilding industry, create more jobs for Canadian workers, and continue to grow our economy.”

    The first step under this agreement is a work force study that will provide insight into the marine in-service supply chains and inform industry and the colleges’ approach as they develop new and enhanced programming to assist with supplier competencies, respond to technology advancement and build an innovative, competitive and diverse workforce of the future.

    “We are committed to supporting the digital transformation of in-service support capabilities as part of the AJISS program, relying upon the creation of a robust Canadian supply chain,” said Mark Halinaty, President & CEO, Thales Canada. “Working together with post-secondary institutions to develop a diverse, skilled, productive and ready workforce is a key ingredient to ensuring that these vessels are mission-ready, where and when they are needed, from coast to coast to coast.”

    The two colleges have a long history in the development and delivery of marine programming and training.

    NSCC President Don Bureaux says, “The College’s mission is to help grow the province’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation, one learner at a time. Working with industry and post-secondary partners in identifying needs helps guide our work in support of the immense growth within this vital sector – growth which will take us through a generation of work.” He adds, “Charting a course to support the skills needs within that scope of work is important in preparing our students for emerging labour force opportunities. It’s exciting in this case to have a coast-to-coast perspective and sharing of resources through this partnership.”

    “Camosun is committed to ensuring the long term sustainability of marine sector training on Canada's west coast,” says Camosun College President Sherri Bell. “This partnership is a first step to developing a national strategy for the marine training sector and we are immensely proud to be working with ISED, Thales and NSCC on this important project.”

    DEFSEC Atlantic is the second largest Aerospace, Defence and Security industry conference in Canada. Focused on showcasing Atlantic Canadian opportunities, the show also incorporates elements of both a trade show and a defence procurement conference, attracting leading industry from across Canada.


    Cara Salci 
    National Director, Public Affairs & Communications 
    Thales Canada
    1-613-404-9413 |

    Kathleen Cameron
    External Relations Manager
    Nova Scotia Community College 
    1-902-499-7844 |

    Geoff Wilmshurst
    Vice President, Partnerships
    Camosun College
    250-217-2364 |

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    Viking Air has signed an agreement that brings Ansett Aviation Training of Melbourne, Australia... see more


    Training centre endorsed for CL-415 aerial firefighting aircraft

    Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has signed an agreement that brings Ansett Aviation Training of Melbourne, Australia, into the Amphibious Aircraft Division support network, joining Viking’s sister-company Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. as the second factory-endorsed training centre (FETC) for the Viking CL-415 aerial firefighting aircraft.

    As part of the agreement, Ansett will invest in the development of what Viking said will be the first ever level D full flight simulator for the CL-415, which will be supplied by TRU Simulation + Training and installed at a new state-of-the-art training centre at Milan-Malpensa Airport, Italy, in 2018.