Speaker Presentations
Arranged alphabetically by surname/last name of speaker.  Panels are listed by moderator's surname/last name with panelists arranged alphabetically thereafter.

GD / GDELS Response to the New Global Trends in Industrial Participation
Jens Bauer; Senior Director of Industrial Participation; GDELS

Beyond Offsets:  Not Losing Your Shirt
David Black; Principal; Renaissance Strategic Advisors

Andalusia:  Your Perfect Partner for Expanding European Operations
Jordi Boada; Executive Director; Extenda, Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia 

Safran & Canada:  Further Together
Sylvain Boisvert
; Safran Country Delegate Canada

Fireside Chat
Mitchell Butta; Vice Chairman; GOCA
Cary Viktor; Chairman; GOCA

Greece and Lockheed Martin
Tonya Curts; Senior Business Development; Lockheed Martin

Brazil's Overview in Offset and Its Trends
Affonso Henriques R. de Sousa - Col. Ret.; Institute of Formento and Industrial Coordination

Embracing the Maker Movement
Paul Duggan; CEO; Makerspace People
Jennifer Potts; Director of Industrial Participation and Offsets; Bell

Thinking Outside the Box:  The Hidden Value of Indirect Offset - the Israeli Case
Ziva Eger; General Director; Israel Industrial Cooperation Authority (ICA)

GOCA Conference App
Jeff Gardzina; GOCA Staff

Interactive Panel Discussion with Canada's Regional Development Agencies (RDAs):  How Can the RDAs Help Industry Win in Canada?
Moderator:
Joe Gazale; Manager of Business Development and Industrial Participation; L3 MAS and President of IPAC
Panelists:
Harold Deck; Senior Manager; Industrial Participation Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Jennifer Leng; Senior Analyst; Western Economic Diversification Agency
Alan MacDonald; Manager; Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Vincent Marmion; Senior Advisor (Marine); Canada Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec

Greece and Raytheon Company
David Gerety, Jr.; Director of Contracts Operations & Transformation; Raytheon Company

Communicating the Importance of Your Offset Projects within Your Company
Mark Gist; Director of International Industrial Cooperation; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Destination India:  Make in India
Pavitra Goel; Lohia Group

Australia:  Good News and Opportunities from the World Down Under
Roger Grose; Counsellor International Defence Materiel; Embassy of Australia

Turkey's Civil and Defense Industrial Partnership Programs and the Ripple Effects of Recent Economic and Political Developments
Safak Herdem; Managing Partner; Herdem Attorneys at Law

Business and Legal Risk Analysis and Mitigation in Connection with Offset Transactions
(Please note this was a panel without PPT)
Moderators:
Ralph Gonzalez; Senior Corporate Counsel, International; Raytheon Company
Howard Weissman; Of Counsel; Baker & McKenzie LLP
Panelists:
John Black; Director; Offset & Industrial Participation; BAE Systems
Mitchell Butta; Corporate Director; International Integrated Supply Chain; Northrop Grumman Corporation

Geopolitical Update
(Please note this was a presentation without PPT)
Maria Laine; Vice President of International Strategic Partnerships; Boeing Defense Space & Security; The Boeing Company

Recent Developments in ROK Offset Policies
Kyung-Hwa Lee; Army Major; Offset Trade Division; Defense Acquisition Program Administration 

Trust in Security:  The Essential Ingredient
Justin Malczewski; Regional Manager; Security Solutions (Western Canada); Cisco Systems

Destination India:  Make in India
Dhiraj Mathur; Partner/Leader - Aerospace and Defence; PwC

South Africa:  Leveraging Industrial Development Through the National Industrial Participation Program and Local Content
Ramona Muthan; Portfolio Manager; Industrial Participation Secretariat; Department of Trade & Industry (DTI)

Change in Brazil:  What is Next for Trade and Defense
Andrea Murta; Director of Operations for North America; JOTA

Offsets, Industrial Cooperation, and Collaborative Programs in EU After 2018
Dr. Enrique Navarro; Chairman; Icaro Aerospace & Engineering

Strategies for Navigating Bureaucratic Challenges for A&D Business in India, U.S., and Canada
Moderators:
Mayank Patel; Managing Director; Tri Polus Ltd
Howard Weissman; Of Counsel; Baker & McKenzie LLP
Panelists:
Neeraj Gupta; Managing Director; MKU Limited
Ralph Gonzalez; Senior Corporate Counsel, International; Raytheon Company

Military Industrial Cooperation in the European Union:  The Current State of Play
Rudy Priem; Director, Security - Defense - Space, Government Relations; EMEA & NATO; United Technologies Corporation

Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs on Defence Contractors and their Offset Partners
Neil Rutter; NKR Consult
Brenda Swick; Partner; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Managing Defense Offsets in Brazil:  The Case of COPAC
Maj. Int. Rodrigo Antonio Silveira Dos Santos; Chief of Offset Division; COPAC 

Greek Industrial Participation and Beyond:  Paving the Way for Future Cooperation
Captain Stavros Tiliakos; Director; Offset Benefits & Quality Assurance Directorate; Hellenic Ministry of National Defense
General Directorate for Defense Investments & Armaments (GDDIA)

Recent Developments on the Netherlands' Industrial Partnership Programs
Dimitri van Rijn; Deputy Commissioner; Commissariat for Military Production; Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Partnering for Offset Fulfillment Through Advance Manufacturing:  A 35-year Case Study at GE Aviation Bromont, Canada
(PPT coming soon)
Moderator:
Scott Williams; Sales Operations & Offset; Military Systems Operation; GE Aviation
Panelists:
Manuel Dubuc; Directeur Centre d'Excellence - Bromont; Meloche
Alain Ouellette; Manufacturing Executive; GE Aviation Bromont, Canada
Bradley Smith; Managing Director; GE Trading and Offsets
Andrew Wynn-Williams; Division VP - British Columbia; Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Presentation:  Leveraging Economic Benefits from Defence Procurement
Demetrios Xenos; Director; Marine for the Industrial and Technological Benefits Branch; ISED

Speaker Biographies

Speaker biographies in alphabetical order.  Roll pointer over each picture (or touch the screen on mobile devices) to reveal their name, titles, and bios.

Black, David

  • David Black

    Renaissance Strategic Advisors

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David Black

Principal

Renaissance Strategic Advisors

David Black joined Renaissance Strategic Advisors in 2011, and brings over a decade of experience in Aerospace and Defence. A Principal with the firm’s London office, David handles engagements for clients globally, covering a wide variety of strategic issues facing the A&D industry, including market investment and capture, portfolio restructuring, regulatory practices, industry due diligence and M&A.

David works closely with clients from across industry in the formulation of strategies to expand into new markets, including identification and targeting of opportunity effectively using offsets and other investment vehicles. Commercial due diligence and evaluation of potential partners is a key area of expertise, particularly in Europe and emerging markets.

Prior to Renaissance, David was with Jane’s Strategic Advisory Services (JSAS) where he specialized in international market entry and positioning across defence segments. He previously worked with the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre in Canada and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom.


Curts

  • Tonya M. Curts, PMP

    Tonya M. Curts, PMP

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

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Tonya M. Curts, PMP

Multi-Country Manager, Industrial Partnerships

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Ms. Curts is a Multi-Country Manager in Industrial Partnerships for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Her current responsibilities include leading offset program management of both new business initiatives and existing industrial participation commitments for Greece, Taiwan and Israel.

Her past experiences have included the capture, development and management of industrial participation obligations primarily in Greece, Taiwan, Israel, and Kuwait which include several different types of technology projects. Ms. Curts completed the ACK Maritime Simulation and Training Center project in Kuwait. The completion of this project resulted in obligation fulfillment for 7 MFC programs, 2 LMUK programs, and 1 LM Integrated Systems program.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Curts held increasing levels of responsibility at AT&T and IBM. Her responsibilities included managing international teams responsible for the development and global implementation for customized Information Technology business services and network engineering.

Ms. Curts holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification through the Project Management Institute.


Goel

Mr. Pavitra Goel

Lead - Aerospace & Defence

Lohia Group

Pavitra leverages a decade’s worth of experience in the Aerospace & Defence sector to his role at the Lohia Group, valued at US million, spearheading the group’s foray in Aerospace & Defence, alongside exploring inorganic growth opportunities through business strategy inputs. Pavitra comes with strong sector knowledge and has worked in areas such as strategy, regulations and M&A in India’s A&D sector, having interacted with a wide array of global and Indian OEMs as well as their ecosystems. With a Master’s in International Business from the Delhi School of Economics, he has held A&D advisory roles with firms such as PwC, KPMG and Pipavav Defence (Now Reliance Defence).


Lee

  • Major Kyung-Hwa Lee

    Major Kyung-Hwa Lee

    Republic of Korea Army

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Major Kyung-Hwa Lee

Offset Trade Division, Defense Acquisition Program Administration

Republic of Korea Army

Major Kyung-Hwa Lee graduated from the Kyeongpook National University with a degree in industrial chemistry and enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army as a chemical officer in 2001. She served as a decontamination equipment researcher at the CBRN Defense Research Institute and she also served as a CBRN platoon leader and company leader in the field.

Based on her diverse experience in the field, Major Lee joined the Defense Acquisition Program Administration(DAPA) in 2008 to perform weapon system acquisition tasks. Major Lee was entrusted with a number of responsibilities including weapon system program management and contract management. She obtained a master degree in weapon system program management from the Korea National Defense University to better perform her responsibilities.

Major Lee has managed sizeable offset programs such as the Attack Helicopter Program and the Maritime Operation Helicopter Batch-II Program with the DAPA Offset Division starting from 2016. In particular, she has also played a pivotal role in shaping the offset policy reform which will be presented during the GOCA Conference.


Marmion

  • Vincent Marmion

    Vincent Marmion

    Canada Economic Development Agency for the Region of Quebec

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Vincent Marmion

Senior Advisor (Marine)

Canada Economic Development Agency for the Region of Quebec

Vincent Marmion joined the Canada Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec in 2016 as Senior Advisor (Marine). Vincent brings over seven years of public sector experience in major defence procurement and industrial policy. He has also served in the Canadian Army Reserves for over 17 years, and is currently Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron Commander (Major) with the Régiment de Hull.


Patel

Mayank Patel

Managing Director

Tri Polus Ltd.

Tri Polus Ltd, a facilitator of international business operating in the governmental and commercial aerospace/defence markets. Tri Polus maintains offices in London, offering its customers access to worldwide markets via a large network of entrepreneurial executives, associates and consultants. Tri Polus works with Aerospace/Defence OEMS, tier 1-3 suppliers, R&D and Government agencies and Trade associations. Tri Polus is active in North America, Western Europe, East/Central Europe, the Middle-East, India, and Turkey.

Mayank Patel is Managing Director of Tri Polus and is a regular speaker on the subject of “Succeeding in India within the Aerospace/Defence Market” and also on the subject of “Offsets”, where he has delivered workshops internationally.

Mayank is currently working with many International organisations doing business in India, establishing cooperation and joint-ventures with Indian companies. In addition he is working with Indian companies to facilitate export markets.

Previous to his current position, he was European Operations Director for L-3 Communications where he lead the re-structuring and re-building of European Business within the Space Market place.


Santos

  • Major Rodrigo Antônio Silveira dos Santos

    Major Rodrigo Antônio Silveira dos Santos

    COPAC (Brazilian Air Force)

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Major Rodrigo Antônio Silveira dos Santos

Chief of the Offset Division

COPAC (Brazilian Air Force)

Major Rodrigo Antônio Silveira dos Santos is the Chief of the Offset Division at COPAC (Brazilian Air Force). He holds a Bachelor Degree in Logistics, a MBA on Strategic Management and a MBA on Public Management. He also holds a Master Degree and a PhD in Production Engineering. Major Silveira is also Associate Professor at the Brazilian Air Force University. His research interests lies on Management of Defense Projects, Offset Agreements, Leadership and Crisis Management, both on public and private sectors. He has more than 21 years of service inside the Brazilian Air Force and has experience on bidding, contracts, budget and finance.


Rijn

  • Dimitri van Rijn, MSc

    Dimitri van Rijn, MSc

    Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate

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Dimitri van Rijn, MSc

Deputy Commissioner Military Production

Commissariat for Military Production

Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate

Dimitri van Rijn has been Deputy Commissioner Military Production in the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy since 2016. He is responsible for the Dutch Industrial Participation Policy. Furthermore, he is co-author of the Dutch Defense Industry Strategy. Dimitri van Rijn used to be a manager within the public sector/government practice in PwC the Netherlands. Dimitri joined PwC in December 2011, after having served for 6 years in the Ministry of Defense as a policy advisor (civilian) and for 10 years as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy. As a policy advisor he amongst others participated as team coordinator in the future policy survey project: ‘Challenging uncertainties: the future of the Netherlands Armed Forces’. He has extensive expertise in the field of governance, policy, strategy, project management and organization reforms. Dimitri graduated from the Royal Netherlands Navy College in 2000 and holds as well a master degree in Mechanical Engineering (Delft University of Technology) as in Political Science (Leiden University). Dimitri has been a member of the municipal council of the city Delft since 2016.


Wynn-Williams

  • Andrew Wynn-Williams

    Andrew Wynn-Williams

    Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME BC)

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Andrew Wynn-Williams

Divisional Vice President, British Columbia

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME BC)

Andrew Wynn-Williams is responsible for CME BC’s strategic vision, managing relations with members and advocating on behalf of their interests. He is also responsible for liaison with government and other stakeholders such as the coalition of industry groups and other economic developers. In addition, he will lead teams to create new CME programs to bring additional value to members through advocacy, training and business development.

Andrew joined CME as the Divisional Vice President, BC in October 2016. He is an experienced professional who has worked to create policy change with a variety of board driven organizations since 1995.

He spent 8 years as the Director of Policy and Communications for the BC Chamber of Commerce, 6 years as the Director of Operations for the Premier’s Technology Council and over three years as the Executive Director of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

Through this work he has developed expertise in policy development, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and communications strategies. He has developed a particular strength in working to simplify complex issues and communicate them effectively.

Andrew’s diverse experience, combined with his passion for successfully leading policy change, will help CME increase awareness of the importance of manufacturing in BC at all levels of government and with key industry stakeholders.


Black, John

John Black

Director, Offset & Industrial Participation, Electronic Systems Sector

BAE Systems

John joined BAE Systems as Director of Offset and Industrial Participation in 2014. He is responsible for offset, industrial cooperation and business partnering activity within the Electronic Systems Sector.

John previously served as Director of Offset at Motorola for 20 years. In this position, John was responsible for worldwide offset/countertrade governance. His duties include advising Motorola business units on appropriate business development strategies, organizing reciprocal trade and investment programs in support of sales, negotiating major offset agreements, and approving all Motorola offset and countertrade activities. In 2011, John assumed responsibility for global cash management at Motorola, in addition to his prior offset/countertrade role. Prior to joining Motorola, John held a number of countertrade management positions with 3M, where he developed countertrade programs worldwide.

John has been actively involved since 1990 with the Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA), which is the world’s leading countertrade/offset organization, and includes many of the larger U.S. and European defense and electronics companies. John is a past chairman of GOCA, and served on its board of directors for 14 years. John is also an active member of the U.S. Defense Industry Offset Association (DIOA), which includes the largest U.S. defense contractors.


Deck

  • Harold Deck

    Harold Deck

    Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

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Harold Deck

Senior Manager, Industrial Participation

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Harold Deck is the Senior Manager, Industrial Participation at the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). FedDev Ontario is the Canadian government’s economic development agency in southern Ontario supporting business innovation, business development and community economic development. Harold leads a team that is promoting defence-related economic development by connecting defence contractors with offset obligations in Canada to Ontario suppliers and subcontractors.

Harold has over 25 years of experience with the Government of Canada in economic development, trade and employment programming. Prior to joining FedDev Ontario, he worked for Western Economic Diversification Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Originally from Alberta, Harold now makes his home in Ottawa.
He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Commerce program.


Gonzalez

  • Ralph R. Gonzalez

    Ralph R. Gonzalez

    Raytheon Company

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Ralph R. Gonzalez

Senior Corporate Counsel

Raytheon Company

Ralph Gonzalez is a Senior Corporate Counsel at Raytheon Company. He joined Raytheon in March of 2012 as Senior Corporate Counsel – International in the Raytheon Company Washington office. He is primarily responsible for international commercial transactions, focusing on joint ventures and offset arrangements. Previously, he was General Counsel of American Life Insurance Company (Alico). Before joining Alico, Ralph was General Counsel of Mergers and Acquisitions of Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, he held Division General Counsel and Counsel positions at GE and GE Capital Corporation. Prior to joining GE, Ralph was in private practice at Baker McKenzie in New York as an international transactions attorney. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, an MPA from Florida International University and a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Miami, where he was Articles Editor of the University of Miami Law Review.


Leng

  • Jennifer Leng

    Jennifer Leng

    Western Economic Diversification

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Jennifer Leng

Senior Analyst

Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy and Strategic Direction

Western Economic Diversification

In 2004, Jennifer joined ISED and has worked in several branches of Industry Sector including the Industrial and Technological Benefits Branch. She joined the ITB Branch in 2009 and helped manage a portfolio of naval procurements with ITB/IRB obligations value at .55B. She has gained many years of experience in evaluating ITB/IRB bids, doing contract management and contract negotiations.

Jennifer joined the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario in 2013 as the naval lead. Jennifer helped the Agency by providing valuable advice on the ITB Policy to senior management, and this advice includes the knowledge on the capacities and capabilities of Southern Ontario firms, prime contractors, and the review of proposals to enable southern Ontario firms win contracts, which leads into the contribution of job creation and economic growth in the Southern Ontario region.

In February 2018, Jennifer joined the Western Economic Diversification to help lead the ITB team, and to plan the next Western Innovation Forum.


Murta

Andrea Murta

Director of Operations, North America

JOTA

Andrea Murta is North America’s director of operations of the Brazilian information company JOTA. She specializes in coverage and analysis of Brazilian political and regulatory environment. Before joining JOTA, Murta was deputy director for Latin America at the Washington D.C. think tank Atlantic Council, coordinating programs on trade, development, and democracy throughout the region.

In the private sector, she was head of Business Intelligence - Americas at The Risk Advisory Group and a member of PwC’s anti-corruption team. During more than 15 years of journalism, Murta was the chief correspondent for leading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo in New York and Washington, D.C. and collaborated with Brazilian magazines including Veja. Murta has a master’s degree in Government - Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.


Potts

Jennifer Potts

Director, Industrial Participation and Offsets

Bell

Jennifer Potts is the Director, Industrial Participation and Offsets for Bell. In this role she is responsible for developing the company’s global strategic partnerships and industrial participation efforts with an emphasis on new international business in addition to managing all global offset obligations.

In her previous role, Jennifer served as the Director Global Sourcing and Outsourcing for Bell and was responsible for the strategy for make to buy outsourcing projects, a portfolio of complex international supply chain consolidation transitions, global procurement offset requirements and the global supply chain network supporting all military and commercial programs.

Since joining Bell she has worked in numerous roles including Engineering where she led a team of engineers in designing portions of the 525 Relentless, Government Compliance Audit as the lead for government audit across Textron business units and liaison for the US Defense Contract Audit Agency, and multiple Material Management and Contracts Compliance roles. Within Bell, Jennifer has led the Women’s Leadership Forum Employee Resource Group, served on the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and the Bell Engagement Team.

Jennifer joined Bell in 2003 from TPG Capital, a private equity investment firm where she was a Senior Accountant. She previously held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and DR Horton focused on internal audit.

Jennifer earned a double major Bachelor degree in Finance and Accounting as well as a Master of Accounting degree; both from Texas Christian University. She also completed Textron’s Global Executive Leadership Program at University North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Executive Leadership Impact Group Leadership Lab.

She has served as the Board of Director President of Girls Inc. of Tarrant County inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold, is an active member of Leadership Women Inc., graduating from both the Power Pipeline and Leadership Texas programs, served multiple terms on the March of Dimes March for Babies Executive Leadership Team, and is an active patron of the Performing Arts of Fort Worth.

Jennifer serves on the Education Committee of the Defense Industry Offset Association and on the Executive Board of the Global Offset and Countertrade Association. She has been invited to speak at multiple professional engagements on topics of talent development, women in the workplace and leadership both internal to Bell and at external organizations including Women Policy Forum of Fort Worth, Citigroup Inc, Girls Scouts, and World Affairs Council.


Swick

  • Brenda C. Swick

    Brenda C. Swick

    Cassels Brock Lawyers

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Brenda C. Swick

Partner

Cassels Brock Lawyers

Education: J.D., Queen's University, 1985; B.A. (Economics), University of Ottawa, 1981
Call to the Bar: Ontario, 1987
Associations: Global Offset and Countertrade Association; Canadian Bar Association (International Law Section; Public Procurement; Anti-Corruption Committees); American Bar Association (Co-Chair, International Procurement Committee; Aerospace-Defence Committee)
Achievements: Chambers Global (International Trade/WTO); Chambers Canada (Public Procurement; International Trade/WTO); Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (International Trade Regulation); Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs; Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts; Who's Who Legal: Canada (Trade & Customs and Government Contracts)

Expertise
Brenda C. Swick is a partner in our Toronto office. She is one of Canada's leading practitioners in international trade and investment law. She also offers extensive expertise in government contracting, enforcement & compliance, litigation, anti-corruption and government relations.

Brenda assists clients in understanding how to expand and protect their businesses at home and abroad under the myriad of Canada's international trade and investment agreements, including the NAFTA, CETA and WTO. She advises them on the application of laws governing the cross-border trade in goods, services and technology across a range of industries, including natural resources, consumer goods, financial services, defence and infrastructure.

Brenda's practice focuses on economic sanctions, export, import and technology transfer controls, defence trade controls, blocking measures (Cuba), national security measures, antidumping, countervail and safeguard measures, customs and tariffs, government contracting and anti-corruption enforcement and compliance.

She offers extensive expertise in representing clients in anti dumping and countervailing duty investigations before the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

For over 20 years, Brenda has successfully litigated high-profile cases and has advised governments and private sector clients in more than 15 WTO dispute resolution proceedings. Brenda represented a provincial government in the WTO Feed-In-Tariff case and for many years represented the Quebec Softwood Lumber industry in the anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases against imports of softwood lumber from Canada, the most commercially significant trade case ever filed under the US trade laws. She has represented clients in some of Canada's highest profile trade disputes in softwood lumber, dairy products, alcoholic beverages, baby food, natural resources and energy.

Brenda was formerly counsel to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal which hears appeals of decisions by the Canadian Government in regard to customs and government contracting matters. She has counselled on customs matters and appeared before the CBSA, CITT and Federal Court. Early in her career, Brenda was in-house counsel to a major freight forwarder and distribution company where she had the opportunity to work on a variety of customs-related matters.

Brenda has represented clients in numerous government contracting disputes, including before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada and provincial tribunals. She also advises clients on all aspects of federal, provincial and municipal government contracting in Canada, including bid preparation, contract negotiation, assignment and change of control provisions, regulatory compliance, anti-corruption compliance, suspension and debarment, bid challenges and litigation. Inaddition, Brenda also advises clients on the design and conduct of private procurement.

She has also written corporate compliance programs and conducted anti-corruption training, audits and investigations for Fortune 500 companies.

The Government of Canada has appointed Brenda as an expert arbitrator under Chapter 19 of the NAFTA. She has also received her Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice from Osgoode Hall Law School. Early on in her career, she was legal counsel with the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITI), Canada's bid review mechanism and the Department of Justice.

Having practiced in Ottawa for two decades, Brenda is well-known in government circles, and brings to clients years of experience in dealing effectively with governments and administrative agencies, in regard to a host of regulatory compliance issues.

Representative Highlights

  • Counsel to the Government of Ontario before the WTO in the challenge by EU/Japan of Ontario's procurement of energy under its Feed-In-Tariff (2011-2015)
  • Counsel to Oracle Canada ULC. in two bid disputes before the CITI regarding the procurement of common and shared management software solutions by PWGSc
  • Counsel to CGI Group Inc. in bid protest by TPG Technology Consulting Group regarding procurement of engineering and technical support services in support of enterprise Server Domain before the CITI
  • Counsel to Suncor in export controls and economic sanctions matters
  • Counsel to Western Canadian Alliance of Gypsum Contractors before CITI in the dumping of Gypsum from the USA
  • Counsel to Raytheon Canada ULC. in bid dispute before CITI regarding procurement of Integrated Soldier System Project (ISSP) by PND/PWGSC
  • Counsel to Quebec Forest Industry Council in WTO/NAFTA disputes regarding the importation of Canadian softwood lumber into the US (1996-2008)/li>
  • Counsel to Nestle Canada Inc. before the CFIA and Federal Court regarding the restrictions on importation of baby food into Canada
  • Counsel to Severstal in Cold Rolled Steel antidumping and countervailing duty Investigation before the CBSA and CITI
  • Counsel to RIMA in antidumping and countervailing duty investigation before ClTI regarding Silicon Metal
  • Counsel to Baosteel in CBSAinvestigation regarding the dumping and subsidization of Fabricated Industrial Steel components
  • Counsel to the Canadian Commissioner of Competition before NAFTA Panels regarding a complaint by Heinz Canada regarding infant formula sales in Canada
  • Counsel to Ford Canada in WTO dispute regarding the Canada-US Auto Pact filed by Japan and EU
  • Counsel to Mark Anthony Fine Wines before the government of British Columbia regarding the procurement and sale of alcoholic beverages
  • Counsel to Food and Consumer Products Association in regard to the WTO Dispute by Canada regarding Country of Origin Labelling and Front of Packaging Labelling/li>

This list does not include representation of clients in export control, economic sanctions, anti-corruption matters due to the confidential nature of these mandates.

Publication Highlights

  • Speaker, "A Time for Retaliatory Tariffs," May 20,2018
  • Author, "B.C. Log Export Restrictions The Big Change in Softwood Lumber Dispute," The Lawyer's Daily, March 15, 2018
  • Panelist, "NAFTA Talks Are Going Better Than Expected: International Trade Lawyer," BNN Interview, January 29,2018
  • Panelist, "NAFTA Modernization: Benefits & Challenges," Open Caucus Meeting, October 18, 2017
  • Panelist, "Why the Softwood Deal Before NAFTA Talks is Not Critical," BNN Interview, May 2, 2018
  • Author, "Anti-Corruption Compliance In Import/Export Transactions," 2017 ICPA Conference, Toronto, May 2017
  • Co-Author, "Halsbury's Laws of Canada - Customs and Excise," February 2017
  • Contributor, "Protectionism in Reverse," Lexpert Magazine, November/December 2016
  • Panelist, "A Toast to the Future - From the Auto Pact to What's Next - Canada-U.S. Trade and Talent for the 21st Century," U.S.-Canada S.A.G.E. Summit, Columbus, Ohio, June 16,2016
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Investor State Arbitration," Canadian/US Law Institute, April 7,2016
  • Speaker, "How to Void Suspension and Debarment: A Potent Government Consumer Remedy and Serious Consequences for Corporations and Individuals," ABA 2016 Spring Meeting, Columbus, Ohio
  • Speaker, "Gordie Howe: A Great Hockey Player and a Vital Link to Cross Border Trade Between the US and Canada," ABA 2016 Spring Meeting, Columbus, Ohio
  • Co-Author, "Unpacking the U.S. Border," The Lawyers Weekly, Cross Border Law, March 2, 2016
  • Quoted, "PM's Star Power Won't Settle Softwood Fight," Globe and Mail, March 12, 2016
  • Speaker, "International Procurement Developments in 2016; Canada," Thomson Reuters West Government Conducts Year In Review Conference, Washington D.C., February 16, 2016


Viktor

  • Cary F. Viktor

    Cary F. Viktor

    CFV Global Advisory Service LLC

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Cary F. Viktor

Chief Executive Officer

CFV Global Advisory Service LLC

Cary is an advisor to both governments and international corporations. He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in creating, developing and implementing industrial partnerships/offset programs worldwide. Cary recently retired from the Lockheed Martin Corporation as Director, Industrial Participation for Lockheed Martin Corporation's Missiles and Fire Control Business Area. His responsibilities included the offset program management of both new business initiatives and existing industrial participation commitments in the Africa and Middle East region with total offset obligations of over B. Cary was also the Corporate Offset Lead for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to that position he was Director, Industrial Participation for Lockheed Martin Corporation's Electronics Systems Business Area. His responsibilities included management and coordination of all industrial participation activities worldwide for 3 business units with 16 locations in the U.S., Canada, and U.K., with total offset obligations of over B. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1998, Cary held management positions of increasing responsibility with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, General Dynamics Corporation, Sears World Trade, and the International Harvester Company.

Cary is currently Chairman, Global Offset and Countertrade Association, the world's largest international offset and countertrade organization, a position he has held since 2009. He is also on the Advisory Board of Stratesphere and has served on a number of other boards and working groups to include the EMAAR Knowledge Company and the International Forum for Ethical Business Conduct (IFBEC).

Cary received his MBA in Management and a BS degree in Marketing from Drake University. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam veteran.


Xenos

  • Demetrios Xenos

    Demetrios Xenos

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

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Demetrios Xenos

Director of Operations (Marine) for Industrial and Technological Benefits

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Demetrios Xenos is the Director of Operations (Marine) for the Industrial and Technological Benefits Branch at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Demetrios leads a dynamic team that works closely with National Defence, the Canadian Coast Guard, Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Regional Development Agencies, and industry and academic stakeholders on complex defence and security procurement. Demetrios has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University (Montreal), and a Master’s in Public Administration from Carleton University (Ottawa).


Boisvert

  • Sylvain Boisvert

    Sylvain Boisvert

    Safran Canada

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Sylvain Boisvert

General Manager

Safran Canada

Sylvain Boisvert is General Manager for Safran Canada and responsible of Safran Engineering Services Canada. He join the group in early 2014. His responsibilities includes the full management of the Canadian division, and the promotion of the Safran group activities in Canada.

He began his career at Bombardier Aerospace in 1997, in the procurement and supply chain organization. He led the supply chain organization as manager for ten years on major systems and major structures for business, regional and commercial aircraft.

Prior to joining Safran, he was Sales Director for Honeywell Aerospace from 2010 to February 2014. He has successfully led business development for Engines, APU, Avionics, Electrical Systems and Satellite Communication. He has developed a thorough knowledge of the industry, OEMs and suppliers throughout his career.


Eger

  • Ziva Eger

    Ziva Eger

    Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry

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Ziva Eger

Chief Executive of Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority

Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry

Ziva Eger has been serving as Chief Executive of Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry since October 2014.

Ms. Eger is a retired IDF Colonel, who received her BA and MA in Economics (with Honors) from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she has an MA in Political Science from Haifa University and the National Security College operated by the IDF.

In the two years preceding this position, Ms. Eger acted as Chief of Staff of the Communication and Home Front Defense Ministries, led by Minister Gilad Erdan. She was in charge of promoting comprehensive reforms in the local communication market, and their execution.

Ms. Eger has long time experience in the Defense industry, having been part of the IDF and the Ministry of Defense for 27 years. During that time, Ms. Eger was a senior director of the Planning, Budget and Control Department in the Directorate for Defense Research and Development (DDR&D – MAFAT).

Ms. Eger was also head of Planning, Budget, Economy and Production in the Arrow Program and Space & Satellites Program. She led extensive initiatives and headed negotiations for industrial cooperation procurement, among private industries, defense industries and various government agencies.


Gupta

Neeraj Gupta

Managing Director

MKU Limited

Neeraj Gupta is the Managing Director of the privately held MKU Limited, a leading pure-play defence company from India.

He has been instrumental in introducing Armour Business into the company. Under his leadership, MKU has grown and achieved a distinct position of strength. The company’s customer footprint spans over 100 countries & across 230 different forces globally. It has achieved a reputation of being one of the leading armour manufacturers in the world.

Neeraj has led and overseen the acquisition and smooth merger of a strategic German armour company that added additional services and product lines to MKU’s offerings. He has also set up and mobilised an Indo-German JV between MKU and EIS GmbH to manufacture complex electrical cable harnesses in India, which are supplied to and featured in the leading aircraft of the world.

Inspired by his vision to build MKU as a leading defence and homeland security entity in the world, Neeraj has guided the company to successfully set up a state-of-the-art infrastructure to manufacture electro-optic night vision and thermal imaging devices, which have been identified as the next thrust areas for the company. Recently MKU has endeavoured to foray into the domain of Arms and Ammunition business which adequately serves its overall vision of “Increasing Capabilities & Reducing Risks” for the soldiers whilst on duty.

A passionate entrepreneur, avid networker and truly a global citizen, Neeraj values people and cultures across the globe. He strongly believes in and is extremely responsive to the power of relationships. He is always on the lookout for talent, innovation and technologies for his current businesses as well as forthcoming opportunities. Neeraj is recognised as an expert in international business, especially in the defence & homeland security domain.


MacDonald

  • Alan MacDonald

    Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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Alan MacDonald

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Alan joined the Canadian federal public service in late 2002 with the Department of National Defence (DND). Within DND's International and Industry Programs branch, Alan worked to advance Canada’s international defence materiel relationships. In this context, he was Canada's representative to a number of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) working groups and served as Canada's representative on the Board of Directors for NATO’s Maintenance and Supply Organization. Alan also was the department's representative on the industry-led Canadian NATO Industry Advisory Group (NIAG), which explored ways to improve transatlantic industrial cooperation amongst NATO members, including specific joint initiatives with United States NIAG. He also supported the Assistant Deputy Minister-Materiel, in his role as Canada’s representative to NATO's senior level Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD). Alan also lead efforts to develop a defence industrial strategy and a vendor performance program.

In 2010, Alan joined ACOA and the Industrial Benefits team as the aerospace lead. Since joining ACOA, he has supported the region’s A&D sector by facilitating business-to-business partnerships and advocacy efforts to position regional interests within the national context. Alan has leveraged Canada’s Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy to support several regional firms. He has also served on a number of joint government and industry working groups. Alan is currently the A/Director, Industrial Benefits and National Programs.

Alan holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba (Canada).


Muthan

  • Ramona Muthan

    Ramona Muthan

    Department of Trade and Industry

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Ramona Muthan

Deputy Director

Department of Trade and Industry

Ramona Muthan is a deputy director at the Department of Trade and Industry [the dti] and has been with the dti for the past 18 years. Ramona holds a Bachelor’s Degree in BCom Management. Her responsibilities at the dti include (i) monitoring of government expenditure on goods and services of foreign origin for the purposes of applying the National Industrial Participation (NIP) policy and (ii) using NIP obligations arising out of these purchases to advance government’s objective of supporting the productive sectors of the economy through any or a combination of investment, export sales, research and development, technology transfer and transformation of the domestic economy, with special emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Prior to joining the dti, Ramona had spent approximately 15 years as an educator, teaching mathematics and science in the senior primary phase.


Priem

  • Rudy Priem

    Rudy Priem

    United Technologies Corporation

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Rudy Priem

Director of Security, Defense, Space, and Government Relations, EMEA & NATO

United Technologies Corporation

Rudy joined the UTC Government Relations team in Brussels on April 1st, 2010. He is responsible for communicating the positions and concerns of UTC in matters of defense, security and space to decision makers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and NATO. He also monitors and advises the business units of UTC on European, Middle Eastern, African and NATO policy decisions and business opportunities.

Prior to joining UTC, Rudy served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Belgian Air Force. During his military career, Rudy dealt mainly with operational and acquisition logistics. He lived and worked twice in the USA (as F-16 Liaison Officer at Hill Air Force Base in Utah (1990-1994), and as Defense Cooperation Attaché and Director Belgian Military Supply Office (for FMS + DCS Purchases) in Washington, DC (2005-2009). From 2005 to 2009, Rudy was the Head of the Belgian Delegation to the Defense MOU Attachés Group (DMAG) and founding member/first Chairman of the Foreign Procurement Group (FPG)'s Foreign Commercial Procurement Working Group (FCPWG) in Washington DC. From 2000 to 2010, Rudy also provided legal advice to Belgian military leadership on HR- and acquisition-related matters.

Rudy is a 1984 graduate of the Belgian Royal Military Academy, where he obtained a master’s degree in Military and Aeronautical Sciences. In 2000, Rudy obtained a master after master’s degree in Public and Military Administration and earned both the Belgian Chief of Defense’s and the Belgian Joint Forces Staff College Alumni Association’s Prizes as best student. Rudy is also an alumnus of the 2011 European Session for Armament Officials (SERA) course in Paris and of the 2012 UTC Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) course at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Rudy holds the Meritorious Service Medal for meritorious non-combat service to the U.S.

From 2010 through 2017, Rudy served as the Deputy Head of the Belgian Delegation to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG). Since January 2018, he’s the Vice-Chairman of the NIAG. He’s also a member of the Economic, Legal and Trade (ELT) Commission within the European Aerospace and Defence Industries Association (ASD). Since November 2015, Rudy serves as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU’s Security and Defence Committee (AmCham EU SDC). In 2018, Rudy was granted Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Rudy co-chaired two NIAG studies on Transatlantic Defense Technological and Industrial Cooperation (TADIC) and is author or co-author of several position papers and articles on total quality management, performance measurement and the U.S. export control regime. Rudy is a visiting lecturer in “NATO and EU Defense Acquisition Policies” at the Belgian Royal Higher Institute for Defence, the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale in Paris and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in California (US).

Rudy was born in Watermaal-Bosvoorde (Belgium) on March 26th, 1960. He and his wife Sabine have a daughter, Magalie, a son, Anthony, and a grandson, Jules. Rudy enjoys tennis and travel.


Sousa

  • Affonso Henriques Rodrigues de Sousa

    Affonso Henriques Rodrigues de Sousa – Col Ret.

    Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute - IFI

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Affonso Henriques Rodrigues de Sousa – Col Ret.

Head of Industrial Development Division

Born – May 18th, 1950 in São Paulo – Brazil

Basic studies – São Paulo - Brazil
Military Life – Since 1968 in the Brazilian Air Force (BAF) in Preparatory School; after, between 1970 and 1974, in the Air Force Academy when was declared an officer pilot, as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Concluded all the courses of career until been promoted to Colonel, in 1997, and later was retired, on request, at the end of 2001.
Bachelor of Management by United Study Center University of Brasília in 1985 Postgraduate of Management by Getúlio Vargas Foundation in 1986 – Brasília – DF

Main Commissions:
Instructor of Air Force Academy; 1976-77
Chief of Squadron Sections of Helicopters 1978-82
Assistant of General Officer 1983-88
Staff member of Department of Science and Technology of BAF 1989-90
Chief of Industrial Division of Institute for Industrial Fostering and Coordination - IFI -1991-92
Commander of Center of Formation for Comissioned Officers - 1993-94
Director of Air Control Institute of BAF -1997/99
Member of Human Resource Planning and Training Study Group of ICAO, as a Brazilian
delegate – 1997 in Montreal – Canada.
Operational in several military


Weissman

  • Howard Weissman

    Howard Weissman

    Baker & McKenzie

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Howard Weissman

Counsel, Compliance and Investigations

Baker & McKenzie

Howard Weissman joined Baker & McKenzie's Compliance & Investigations practice group as Counsel in May 2014, adding decades of experience in providing advice on US laws and regulations directly impacting international business operations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and US antiboycott laws, International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations and foreign agency and anti-bribery laws. Mr. Weissman has designed and implemented corporate anti-corruption compliance and training programs. He has conducted FCPA due diligence for numerous proposed acquisitions, as well as on proposed international joint venture partners, teammates, consultants, distributors, and other third parties. He also has provided advice on international litigation and other disputes with international consultants and business partners. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Mr. Weissman was Vice President & Associate General Counsel-International at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he worked for more than 25 years.

Practice focus
Mr. Weissman advises on the structuring of transactions to comply with the FCPA and related laws, supervises and participates in conducting internal investigations and audits to determine compliance with such laws and regulations, and advises on the consequences of such investigations and audits, including recommended remediation and the development of appropriate defenses, disclosures, disciplinary actions and compliance policies. He also provides advice on the development and strengthening of anti-corruption compliance and training programs, international consultant and business partner-related matters, and compliance with the U.S. antiboycott laws.

Education and admission

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Boston University School of Law (JD.)
  • Boston University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation)

Admissions
  • District of Columbia - United States
  • Massachusetts - United States


Butta

  • Mitch Butta

    Mitch Butta

    Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Mitch Butta

International Integrated Global Supply Chain

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Falls Church, Virginia

Mitch Butta is currently the Corporate Director, International Integrated Global Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this position Mr. Butta is responsible for the continued establishment of the GSC international supply chain concept of operations in conjunction with the functional & country strategy and business requirements for delivering operationally efficient solutions and industrial participation across the globe. Mr. Butta also leads the Corp GSC International Community of Practice (ICoP) which facilitates cross-corporation collaboration on all matters related to increasing the effectiveness of NGC’s Global Supply Chain. He also chairs the Enterprise Offset Working Group (EWOG) team that coordinates the company’s global offset and industrial participation requirements. In his previous position Mr. Butta had overall responsibility for the development of industrial strategies which leveraged existing and expanding international industrial partnerships at the Mission Systems sector. That role supported the sectors international growth objectives and growing offset obligations. In collaboration with the divisions Mr. Butta assisted in offset project development to support contractual obligations, chaired the sector’s Offset Working Group and maintained sector metrics on offset.

Mr. Butta joined the company in 1985 and has held a variety of positions related to international business. He supported the establishment of the first international electronic repair center, the Pacific Electronics Service Center in Singapore, held positions within several joint ventures first in Abu Dhabi under Westinghouse Gulf, as the FMS program manager on Longbow AH-64D Apache with Lockheed Martin and again with Lockheed Martin as part of their Polish joint venture, Bartimpex. Most recently, Mitch served as Director, International Operations, managing the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Targeting (ISR&T) Division’s offset and industrial partnership activities. Since 2006 he led the extensive industrial participation activities for F-35 and was a key member of the team which collaborated with Mitsubishi Electric to secure the selection of the F-35 in Japan.

Mr. Butta received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Baltimore and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center Institute is the Vice Chairman of the Global Offset and Countertrade Association (GOCA) and holds a seat on the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA) Offset Working Group.


Gazalé

  • Joe Gazalé

    Joe Gazalé

    Industrial Participation Association of Canada(IPAC)

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Joe Gazalé

President

Industrial Participation Association of Canada(IPAC)

Joe has over 35 years of experience in Aerospace and Defence industry, with Canadair, Bombardier and L3 Technologies MAS.

Joe has worked in positions of increasing responsibility in Contract Management; Program Management; In-Country Representative – Australia; Industrial Security and most recently as Manager, Business Development and Industrial Participation.

He is also the President of the Industrial Participation Association of Canada(IPAC), a non-profit Canadian association operated by volunteers who are seasoned industry offset professionals involved in defence procurement.

IPAC’s goal is to represent the view of the obligor in Canada. IPAC seeks a strategic, balanced approach to Canada’s Industrial Participation policy that meets the government’s economic development objectives, allows for flexibility and minimizes cost, risk, and administrative burden for all stakeholders.


Hyman

  • Dov Hyman

    Dov Hyman

    Dolin International Trade and Capital LLC

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Dov Hyman

President

Dolin International Trade and Capital LLC

Director of Conferences

Global Offset and Countertrade Association

Over the past 30+ years, Mr. Hyman has built a distinguished track record of successfully structuring and implementing Industrial Partnership (“IP”) / offset programs, international trade and project finance programs, cross border mergers and acquisitions, and knowledge transfer programs.

Mr. Hyman deploys his extensive global relationships and network, to provide advisory services in Industrial Partnership / offset and trade finance for many large aerospace and defense companies, industrial groups, governments and universities. He is a recognized expert in assisting companies to leverage offset and regional and federal economic development programs as vehicles to fund their global growth. Mr. Hyman has satisfied over One Billion Dollars of Industrial Partnership opportunities /obligations/commitments/ on behalf of his clients. He has enjoyed extensive business travel throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa).

In addition to his commercial activities, Mr. Hyman has twenty plus years in a leadership role in organizing and managing the GOCA global meetings, where he (and the GOCA host teams) organize the Industrial Partnership Industry’s largest global “offset” meetings each year.

Mr. Hyman holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from New York University. Mr. Hyman has also provided advisory services to numerous Industrial groups to assist them on leveraging Industrial Partnership programs to help them grow their global operations.

Prior to founding Dolin, Dov was a Senior Vice President at Ecoban Finance Limited, a merchant banking which specialized in International Trade Finance.


Malczewski

  • Justin Malczewski

    Justin Malczewski

    Cisco Systems

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Justin Malczewski

Regional Manager, Security Solutions

Cisco Systems

Mr. Malczewski currently holds the position of Regional Manager, Security Solutions (Western Canada) for Cisco Systems, the world’s #1 network and security solutions provider. A recognition of the need for enterprises to reduce complexity in what has typically become an unmanageable patchwork of security infrastructure (from multiple suppliers) and the need for an integrated security architecture across the entire attack continuum (Before, During & After an attack) is what led Justin to Cisco. Justin is an active member of the Western Canada IT security community and is keenly interested in working within and outside of the security and privacy communities to foster a collaborative environment among like-minded professionals. To that end, he currently holds the position of Chairperson, Past-Presidents Advisory Council for ISACA Vancouver where he believes strongly that the team ISACA Vancouver has assembled is in the best position to direct cybersecurity resources and training where they are needed most. Justin also serves on the Government of British Columbia’s Provincial Security Advisory Council where he collaborates with other security leaders to assist in bolstering the defense of his home provinces critical systems.


Navarro

  • Enrique Navarro

    Enrique Navarro

    ICARO AEROSPACE & ENGINEERING

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Enrique Navarro

President and Owner

ICARO AEROSPACE & ENGINEERING

Now Chairman of Icaro Aerospace & Engineering, from 1986 to 1988, Mr. Navarro was a Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Madrid. He graduated as a Lieutenant from the Air Force Academy in 1990. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Navarro was the Director of Economic management at the Barcelona Military Regional Headquarters. He continued his passion for economics from 1994 to 1996 as the General Director of the Economic Office of the Spanish MoD. In 2000, he founded Infodefensa, an internet media company specializing in defense. It is the number one internet media company in the Spanish world, with more than 5 million entries each month.

In 2010, Mr. Navarro was named Vice President of the Friends of Israel Initiative, chaired by former Spanish president José María Aznar. In 2013, he became the Founder and CEO of MQGlobalnet, a Spanish international trade consultancy company and the CEO of Intergroup Holding, a Swiss Oil Trading Company. The following year, he was elected as a member of the board of Hermitage Group, a tourist service provider for Russian markets, and as a Partner and V.P. of World Health Management International, the biggest consultancy company in the healthcare sector. Additionally, he became the founder and CEO of the Global Hermitage, a Russian-Spanish Trading Company. Most recently, he became CEO of World Health Management Colombia and was named Chief Executive Officer for Rodriser Industria Aeronáutica Española in 2017.

He studied at Madrid University, where he graduated in 1986 with a PhD in Law and Economics. He continued his education at the Spanish Air Force Academy from 1988 to 1989. In 1989, he graduated as a Spanish Civil Servant and Comptroller under the Ministry of Finance. He later received an MBA at the Center of High Entrepreneurial Studies Barcelona in 1993.

Rutter

  • Neil Rutter

    Neil Rutter

    Industrial Participation Association of Canada (IPAC)

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Neil Rutter

Vice Chair

Industrial Participation Association of Canada (IPAC)

Neil Rutter has been active in countertrade and offset since 1985, as a lawyer, consultant and employee. He was previously Chair and President of the ACA and GOCA. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Industrial Participation Association of Canada (IPAC) and was IPAC’s first Chair. He was the Chair of two ad hoc committees under the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) providing advice to the government on its offset policies. Neil retired last year as General Manager of Textron Systems Canada. As well as being active in offset, Neil was in international business development for Textron Systems for many years in Massachusetts. Neil is a licensed lawyer in New York and Ontario and has a BA (Hon) from Queen’s University, LL.B. (J.D.) from the University of Windsor, and a LL.M. in International Law from New York University. Neil has a consulting business under the registered trade name “NKRConsult”.


Tiliakos

  • Captain Stavros Tiliakos

    Captain Stavros Tiliakos

    Hellenic Ministry of Defense

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Captain Stavros Tiliakos

Director of Offset Benefits & Quality Assurance

Hellenic Ministry of Defense

Captain Stavros Tiliakos is a senior officer of Hellenic Navy with over 34 years of experience in aviation, flight, quality and personnel expertise. He has graduated from the Hellenic Naval Academy, the Military Academy for Helicopter Pilots, the Navy War College and the Joint Supreme War College.

He currently serves as Director of Offset Benefits & Quality Assurance in the General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA) for more than three years. His primary responsibilities include defense offset benefits programs’ design, negotiation and execution, utilization of NATO defense material codification system, issuance of governmental quality assurance certification for defense material acquisitions, and compliance with NATO standards and protocols to be used by the Hellenic armed forces. He is a national representative in the NATO AC/135 group of national directors on codification, and in the NATO AC/327 life cycle management group.

He holds an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management and an MBA in Shipping from ALBA Graduates Business School, a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Piraeus University of Economics and Business, a BSc in Naval Warfare from the Hellenic Naval Academy and a Diploma in Negotiations from the Athens University of Economics and Business.

He speaks fluently in three languages (English, Italian, French). He is an active member of Hellenic Institute of Marine technology, of Hellenic Association of Navy Helicopter Pilots, and of Hellenic Association for Business Administration.


Williams

Scott Williams

General Manager, International Offset & Sales Operations, Military Systems Operation

GE Aviation

Scott currently serves as the General Manager for Industrial Cooperation/Offset and Sales Operations for the Military Systems Operation (MSO) business within GE Aviation. Scott leads two teams focused on developing and fulfilling GE Aviation’s International Offset obligations and the proposal management of all MSO sales campaigns. Previous roles in GE include F110 Sales Director, MSO marketing strategy leader and rotorcraft product marketing.

Scott joined GE in 2011 following a career as aviation officer in United States Army where he served numerous leadership, operations, and logistics roles in the Aviation branch. Scott is an aviator with extensive experience flying in the AH-64 Apache, as well as the AH-1 Cobra, and UH-1 Iroquois. Scott graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point.


Introduction to Offset
Monday, October 22 
9:30 am - 4:00 pm 
(lunch included)

When does your Causality conflict with Additionality?  What is an Offset Performance Bond and do you need one?  What is the difference between Direct and Indirect Offset?  Why does it matter? If you do not know the answers to these questions, and the “I'm Feeling Lucky™ search service” does not provide a suitable answer, this is just the right course for you.  Taught by seasoned offset professionals, Introduction to Offset provides valuable insights into developing, proposing, negotiating, managing and closing important offset agreements. Additionally, this course includes valuable exercises further enhancing your practical offset expertise.

This course is appropriate for industry personnel involved with industrial participation, contracts, business development and finance wishing to better understand the basics of offset.  

Shifting Tides – Dealing with Changing Offset Guidelines
Thursday, October 25 
9:00 am -3 :00 pm 
(lunch included)

Just as you complete your company offset strategy and apply training and resources, one of your most key countries makes a major shift in offset policy.  Frustrating as this is, you decide to understand the new guidelines and sail ahead with a new plan.  But you are not the only one in this boat.  Offset customers experience similar stress as new leaders are elected and national priorities change. 

In this valuable course, we look at a summary of global offset policy, discuss why changes are necessary, look at ways to deal with change, and review several recent key country offset policy shifts. 

This course is appropriate for Industry and Government personnel involved with industrial participation wishing to better understand how to deal with change in offset policy and guidelines.  

Registered industry training participants may attend both courses for a training registration of USD $400 per participant.

Registered government training participants may participate in the Shifting Tides – Dealing with Changing Offset Guidelines session as it is included in their GOCA Fall 2018 Vancouver registration fee.

Conference & Training Schedule

MONDAY
OCTOBER 22

7:30 am - 3:45 pm
Industry Tour 
Separate Registration
See Above Information
8:30 am – 9:30 am           
Industry
Training Registration
(Pacific Ballroom Foyer)
9:30 am – 4:00 pm          
Introduction to Offset Industry Training
(Vancouver Island Room)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Knowledge Sharing Session
Government-Only
Registration 
(Pacific Ballroom Foyer)
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 
Knowledge Sharing Session
Government-Only
(Waddington Room)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm           
Conference Registration 
(Pacific Ballroom Foyer)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm           
Opening Reception
(Pacific Ballroom)

 

TUESDAY
OCTOBER 23

6:00 am  – 8:00 am        

Breakfast
(Pacific Ballroom)
8:00 am 12:00 pm       
Conference Registration
(BC Ballroom Foyer)
8:00 am – 10:00 am        
Opening Remarks & Speaker Presentations
(BC Ballroom)
10:00 am – 10:30 am      
Networking Break 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm      
Speaker Presentations
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm        
Lunch
(Pacific Ballroom)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm           
Speaker Presentations
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm          
Networking Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm          
Speaker Presentations
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm          
GOCA Annual Business Meeting
(GOCA Members Only, BC Ballroom)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm          
Tuesday Evening Networking Event
(Hotel's Rooftop)


WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 24

6:00 am  – 8:00 am        

Breakfast
(Pacific Ballroom)
8:00 am – 10:00 am        
Speaker Presentations
(BC Ballroom)
10:00 am – 10:30 am      
Networking Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm      
Speaker Presentations 
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm        
Lunch
(Pacific Ballroom) 
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm           
Speaker Presentations
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm        
Conference Reception & Dinner
(Vancouver Aquarium)

THURSDAY
OCTOBER 25

By 12:00 pm Noon                            
Individual Networking and Check-out from Hotel


For Attendees Registered for Training
on Thursday, October 25

8:30 am – 9:00 am          
Industry & Government Training Registration
(Pender Island Foyer)
9:00 am
3:00 pm          
Shifting Tides – Dealing with Changing Offset Guidelines Training
(Pender Island Room)

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