ACADA Educational Workshops Classroom Series

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Last Revised September 18, 2023

How to Register for the Workshops

As a part of the growing relationship between DEFSEC Atlantic and our Presenting Partner, the Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA), we are starting an Educational Workshops Classroom Series during the event. Association members and industry participants will benefit from smaller group presentations and the chance to take a deeper dive into topics that may not have broad appeal, but are critical to segments of our industry.

With capped access at 60 seats per session and booking a classroom seat in advance as part of their registration, these presenters and participants will be able to fully explore challenges and opportunities in a more focused setting within the DEFSEC Atlantic week of activities.

We will post further details here on the format and content of the presentations as they are finalized.

"CMMC & Risk"
Presented by Matt Hoeper
(Senior Cybersecurity Consultant, Instructor and Solution Lead at Edwards Performance Solutions)
Presented between 8:30 am and 9:30 am on Wednesday, October 4
in the ACADA Educational Workshop Classroom located in Room 201 on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre
With the growing significance of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) among defense contractors, it's imperative to understand its intricacies. Matt Hoeper will delve deep into the essence of CMMC, tracing its evolution and detailing its profound impact on organizations supporting the United States DIB. This workshop promises to equip attendees with a clear understanding of CMMC's relevance to their business and provide guidance on the necessary steps towards its effective implementation. Join us to navigate the complexities of CMMC and uncover the potential risks of non-compliance with Matt's expert insights.

"YOUR Role in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging"
Presented by Stephanie Howlett
(Founder and CEO at DiversityNL)
Presented between 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 4
in the ACADA Educational Workshop Classroom located in Room 201 on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre

In every organization we need to understand that everyone has a role to play with diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). This session defines the concepts of DEIB and what we can all do as allies and accomplices in creating safe and brave spaces.

We discuss the benefits of DEIB and how we need to shift our perspectives to be able to call out and call in when microaggressions happen in the workplace.

We explore the individual roles we each play in allyship and what roles each of us have to play in the workplace to enhance inclusion.

Session Goals:

  1. Define the concepts of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB).
  2. Explore the roles of allies and accomplices in creating safe and brave spaces.
  3. Discuss the benefits of DEIB in the workplace.
  4. Learn how to identify and address microaggressions.
  5. Encourage participants to reflect on and understand their role in allyship and beyond.

"Successfully Navigating through Complex Defence Procurements"
Presented by Alex McPhail
(CEO and Author at The EXA Consulting Group)
Presented between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm on Wednesday, October 4
in the ACADA Educational Workshop Classroom located in Room 201 on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre

Canadian industry faces growing risks and costs when responding to complex RFPs.

The sources of these challenges include:

  • Long and unpredictable timelines
  • Large volumes of complex documents in proposals
  • Fixed price requirements on volatile commodities
  • The cost and risks of administering social programs

This workshop briefly discusses these risks and explores strategies successful bidders employ to overcome these challenges. Drawing on EXA's 35 years of experience, the workshop offers real-world case studies showing how successful bidders win large, complex RFPs.

This leadership workshop is ideally suited for executives and leaders who respond to large, complex RFPs.

"Ready... Set... CMMC"
Presented by James Goepel
(General Counsel and Director of Education & Content at FutureFeed)
Presented between 10:30 am and 12:00 noon on Thursday, October 5
in the ACADA Educational Workshop Classroom located in Room 201 on the Argyle Level of the Halifax Convention Centre

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is pushing forward with its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. Under the CMMC program, contractors who handle sensitive government information must obtain third-party certification that their IT systems have implemented certain cybersecurity requirements, or the contractor will not be awarded/cannot participate on any contracts. The US DoD expects to publish the regulations implementing CMMC in early 2024, and they could begin showing up in most DoD contracts by this time next year.

The CMMC program isn't a US-only issue, either. The US DoD does business with companies across the globe, and they are all having to address CMMC. In addition, the governments of Canada, South Korea, and several other nations are implementing their own CMMC-aligned programs. As a result, the CMMC program will impact companies across the globe, especially defense and aerospace companies. The handwriting is on the wall. It is time to take the CMMC program seriously before it impacts your company's ability to win, and even bid on, contracts.

Implementing the CMMC requirements takes time (typically 12-18 months). That means that time is of the essence. Each passing day brings us closer to companies needing CMMC certifications. Often, the hardest part is getting started. This session will give you the techniques you need to get started.

This workshop will help you understand how to get from zero to done, including:

  • Understanding Federal Contract Information and Controlled Unclassified Information
  • Identifying the information you should have before you get started
  • Learning what goes into, and the differences between, policies, procedures, and plans
  • Deciphering the CMMC requirements to ensure your organization is meeting the requirements
  • Building Plans of Action and Milestones, and closing those gaps
  • Collecting and organizing the evidence the CMMC assessors need to see, and
  • Creating a well-governed cybersecurity program

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