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DEFSEC Atlantic 2020 Cancelled

DEFSEC Atlantic is cancelled for 2020. The organizing team is convinced that health regulations will keep them from gathering in their traditional way this October. COVID-19 has presented a challenge to the Aerospace and Defence community in marketing and gathering for networking. To that end, planning for DEFSEC Atlantic 2021 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax on October 5-7, 2021 is already underway!

Exhibitors and Sponsors have been offered the opportunity to commit and pay for their booths before August 1, 2020 and retain both their position on the floor and 2020 pricing on their attendance. Also, any organization that completes an exhibitor contract and pays for their invoice by that date will get those same benefits. After August 1, 2020 the details and pricing for the 2021 event will be posted.

DEFSEC Atlantic made the following statement: “DEFSEC Atlantic was 80% sold out on the floorspace when the pandemic began. It has been our pleasure to provide this opportunity to tens of thousands of attendees over the past 20+ years. This is our first cancellation since 1998, when with six days’ notice we shutdown our tradeshow in Shearwater when it was part of the Nova Scotia International Air Show. Swiss Air flight 111 had crashed just off the coast of Nova Scotia and the air force base was needed in the recovery effort.”

With much more notice, they are cancelling this year out of concern for their participant’s safety and to follow Provincial Health Authority guidelines. They now have 15 months to prepare for the next DEFSEC Atlantic and will use that time to improve and adapt to the “new normal”. “The world is changing and we will change with it to deliver a world-class networking opportunity on October 5-7 in 2021.”

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