Aerospace companies coming to Abbotsford expo

Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo to be hosted at Tradex for sixth anniversary

  • Aug. 10, 2016 3:00 p.m.
The Chalet Dinner and Twilight Airshow from a previous ADSE in Abbotsford.

The Chalet Dinner and Twilight Airshow from a previous ADSE in Abbotsford.

The sixth anniversary Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE) is coming to Tradex this Thursday and Friday.

The trade show brings together representatives from all levels of government with aerospace companies big and small.

“There will be peer-to-peer meetings, where you might get companies talking about how they can collaborate,” said a spokesperson. “You might have supplier/buyer discussions happening. Certainly, the opportunity for those connections is there and we have a pretty good cross-section of representatives.”

The industry’s biggest companies – such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin – will be attending alongside smaller B.C.-based firms.

The expo expects to match its previous attendance of approximately 400 people.

“ADSE is very much a local event but with a provincial, national and international flavour,” the spokesperson said.

Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, will be attending the expo and giving a speech.

The CEO of WestJet, Gregg Saretsky, will also be attending and speaking.

Local MLA and minister of finance Mike de Jong will be giving the keynote address on Friday.