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CDR Radio Episode 45 – BluMetric Environmental

In this episode of the CDR Radio Podcast we sit down with Corey Switzer, BluMetric’s Director of CleanTech and Military Market Leader, and Scott Healey, the company’s Strategic Partnership Manager-Military. Clean drinking water is an absolute must for the Canadian Armed Forces. They cannot fulfill their missions without having clean water on hand, at all times. This is where BluMetric Environmental comes in. This Ottawa-based consulting and engineering company designs, fabricates, delivers and services clean water processing systems for the CAF and other clients. 

CDR Radio Episode 44 – Christyn Cianfarani

CANSEC 2024 Prepares to Go Live in Wake of Defence Policy Update. CDR spoke with CADSI President & CEO, Christyn Cianfarani, to get the inside scoop on CANSEC 2024. The April 8th release of Canada’s much-awaited Defence Policy Update (DPU), ‘Our North, Strong and Free’, has set the stage for an exciting CANSEC 2024 at Ottawa’s EY Centre on May 29-30.

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CDR Radio Episode 43 – DPU Roundtable

In this episode of the CDR Radio podcast we discuss the long-awaited and recently released Defence Policy Update (DPU) with some well know subject matter experts in defence and foreign policy. Joining the discussion is Christyn Cianfarani, President & CEO of CADSI, Erin O’Toole, a member of the Conservative party who served as the leader of the official opposition from 2020-2022, David Perry, President of CGAI, and Alan Williams, former ADM MAT at DND. 

This episode is sponsored by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Canada – tkMS-C for short.  tkMS-C offers Canada a broad product portfolio: world leading non-nuclear submarines, high-end naval surface vessels and outstanding naval electronics systems. Along with the recent contract award for Remote Minehunting and Disposal, tkMS-C contributes to the National Shipbuilding Strategy through work on the JSS, AOPS and CSC. The company, via full corporate support, intends to compete for the upcoming Canadian Patrol Submarine Project with the CD212 family of submarines. With tkMS-C’s Canadian base of operations and its longstanding relationship with the RCN, plus its parent company’s significant modern manufacturing facilities in Kiel, Germany, tkMS-C has the commitment, capability and capacity to ensure the success of Canada’s upcoming submarine project.  

Visit the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems website for more information and visit their booth at CANSEC to find out why 70% of NATO navies trust tkMS conventional submarine solutions.

CDR Radio Episode 42 – Peter A. Kitchen

On the occasion of CDR’s 30th anniversary, we asked long time CDR team member and Senior Staff Writer, Joetey Attariwala, to sit down with Editor-in-Chief and magazine founder, Peter A. Kitchen, to get his views on the state of Canada’s defence and aerospace industry, how the publication has grown from its early days and what’s in the future.

CDR Radio Episode 41 – Bill Blair

CDR recently sat down with Canada’s Minister of National Defence, the Hon. Bill Blair, for an exclusive interview on the CDR Radio Podcast. Managing a $1 billion cut to the Department of National Defence’s budget, coping with readiness issues within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and improving the recruitment/retention of CAF members through better housing and childcare: These were some of the many concerns raised by DND Minister, Bill Blair, in CDR’s annual interview.

This episode is sponsored by CAE. Representing more than 75 years of industry firsts – CAE delivers the highest-fidelity flight, mission, and personalized training programs powered by innovation. With cutting-edge technology and world-class training centres, CAE develops and deploys advanced training, simulation, and critical operations capabilities to make the world safer. CAE is the largest Canadian-headquartered defence company, supporting training of all military pilots for the Canadian Armed Forces. At the forefront of sustainability, CAE became the first Canadian aerospace company to be carbon neutral. Visit CAE’s website

CDR Radio Episode 40 – RaceRocks

Bringing the Canadian Armed Forces’ training programs into the 21st century and harnessing all the possibilities offered by technology to make it more effective and personally targeted, is the mission of RaceRocks. This indigenous-owned, woman-led firm is spearheading the charge towards training modernization at a time when the CAF desperately needs such help to keep up with technological change. We speak with Christina Jones, Vice President of Operations and Sarah Drake, the company’s Director of Design.

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CDR Radio Episode 39 – Alex McPhail

On this episode of the CDR Radio podcast we are speaking with Alex McPhail, President & CEO of the EXA Consulting Group. Based in Ottawa EXA’s experts help their clients win complex Requests for Proposals (RFP). They support RFPs worth over $50M each, including multi-billion dollar contracts.

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CDR Radio Episode 38 – Colin Stephenson

In this episode of the CDR Radio podcast, we speak with Colin Stephenson, Executive Director of DEFSEC Atlantic, the annual defence & security trade show. DEFSEC is being held at the Halifax convention centre on October 3-5. Colin gives us a preview of what is planned for this year’s show. 

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CDR Radio Episode 37 – Dr. George Palikaras

Lasers aimed at aircraft and AI-enabled fakes are just some of the threats facing the world these days. Meta Materials’ President and CEO, Dr. George Palikaras, explained how his company is making a real difference in these and other areas on CDR Radio podcast.

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CDR Radio Episode 36 – Melanie Nadeau

If you’re seeking cutting-edge marine technology, COVE will be number one on your list. Launched in 2018, the innovation centre and tech hub has propelled Nova Scotia and Canada as a global leader in marine technology. Canada’s defence sector, including founding investor Irving Shipbuilding Inc., has been vital in developing and supporting COVE, and the benefits are evident. CEO, Melanie Nadeau, outlined COVE’s latest initiatives on the CDR Radio Podcast in conversation with CDR’s Ottawa Bureau Chief, James Careless.

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